Is it normal, that fsck on an SSD takes a second or two? I am on Linux Mint 17.3 and I called

sudo touch /forcefsck

EDIT: ext4 filesystem

  • What filesystem are you using? It's possible that a journaling filesystem will immediately go "oh, the journal looks ok, I didn't lose any transactions, all is well" Apr 7, 2016 at 15:19
  • @UlrichSchwarz ext4 Apr 7, 2016 at 15:20
  • Did you reboot after running that touch? You're aware that forces an fsck on the next boot, correct?
    – derobert
    Apr 7, 2016 at 16:11
  • @derobert yes I did Apr 7, 2016 at 16:11
  • @don_crissti if you're familiar with fsck times on SSDs, please post an answer—do not use comments to answer the question.
    – derobert
    Apr 7, 2016 at 20:09

2 Answers 2


There are two kinds of fsck, "normal"

sudo fsck /dev/sdx

and "full"

sudo fsck -f /dev/sdx

Your computer runs a normal fsck at every boot, which is really fast. fsck -f obviously takes longer, but in newer filesystems (ext4) it's still quite fast. With SSD might as well double that, and your fsck -f shouldn't take long at all.

Warning: Never run those codes on a mounted disk. It can cause severe filesystem corruption.

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    Not really, ext4 only has one type of fsck. It just tracks internally if it is needed—without -f, it only does an fsck if it thinks one is needed. With -f, it does one regardless. Refer to man e2fsck.
    – derobert
    Apr 7, 2016 at 16:10
  • I've found fsck -f -t takes longer than fsck -t consistently, but I guess that's just anecdotal
    – nebulon
    Apr 7, 2016 at 19:55
  • that's probably because without -f it didn't actually run an fsck. Not entirely sure of the behavior of -t as I've never run fsck time trials... You can use tune2fs to set the fsck needed flag, BTW.
    – derobert
    Apr 7, 2016 at 19:58
  • freaking ubuntu forums misled me. ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1680978 I wanted to edit the "f-ck" to fsck but apparently my time for that ran out. well I suppose that's good for everyone since that joke is old and tired.
    – nebulon
    Apr 7, 2016 at 20:06
  • I can't believe 2 things: a) on kubuntu 16, man fsck DOES NOT have the -f option. Is it a hidden one??, WTF, how idiotic. Assume you have a half trusted device and you want to check it when you want, why can't linux allow you to do it. 2) Why this GREAT answer had -2 points is beyond me! Oct 12, 2018 at 22:47

Actual answer is, that the command on Linux Mint does not work as proven in this answer, section:

These two options did NOT work: Adding the /forcefsck empty file with

Please refer to the mentioned answer for more information, for instance as to how to actually force a file system check.

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