The VERIFY command in Windows CMD is used to instruct Windows to verify that your files are correctly written to a disk. This is primarily useful when writing files to a removable disk, a network location, or other unstable storage media. The command works by setting a flag that influences the operating system’s behavior when saving new files.


The syntax for using the VERIFY command is straightforward:

  • ON: Turns on the verify flag.
  • OFF: Turns off the verify flag.

By default, if you use the VERIFY command without any parameters, it displays the current verify setting (either ON or OFF).


The VERIFY command supports only two flags:

  • ON: Enables the verification mode. Files will be checked for integrity after they are written to the disk.
  • OFF: Disables the verification mode. No checks will be performed after files are written.

Default: By default, file verification is usually turned off in most Windows installations to enhance performance.


  1. Check Current Verify Setting:
    To view whether the verification is currently enabled or disabled, enter the following:

  2. Enable File Verification:
    To ensure that all files saved are verified for integrity after being written to a disk:

  3. Disable File Verification:
    To turn off the verification to increase file write performance:


Common Issues

  • Performance Degradation: Enabling VERIFY can slow down disk operations significantly. This is particularly noticeable on systems with slower or older disks.
  • Misunderstanding of Scope: Note that VERIFY only affects operations performed in the same command shell where it was set. It doesn’t have a global effect on all operations.


VERIFY can be used in scripts to ensure data integrity. Here’s an example script that combines VERIFY with other commands:

@echo off
copy largefile.dat F:\backup\largefile.dat
if errorlevel 1 echo The copy operation failed.

In this script, verification is turned on just before copying a large file to ensure its integrity after writing. The verify feature is then turned off to restore the system’s performance.

  • COPY: When used with VERIFY ON, it ensures copies of files are correctly written.
  • XCOPY/ROBOCOPY: These commands include built-in options to verify files as they are copied, which can sometimes serve as an alternative to using VERIFY.

For more information, consult the Windows command line documentation provided by Microsoft or specific resource guides available through the Microsoft Docs website.