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Microsoft recommends that you do not use the MS-DOS CHKDSK utility from Microsoft Windows.
If you choose to run CHKDSK from Microsoft Windows, do not use the /F parameter. CHKDSK was not designed to run with Windows, and the /F parameter closes any files your Windows applications are using (such as temporary files).
In MS-DOS version 5.0 and later, attempting to use CHKDSK with the /F parameter results in the message:
To check the amount of memory or disk space available when you are in Windows, choose the About MS-DOS Executive command from the File menu in the MS-DOS Executive window.
CHKDSK /F cannot be done in a Windows/DosShell command prompt
Article ID: 32443 - Last Review: September 24, 2011 - Revision: 4.0