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Checking Disk Consistency

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  1. llllllllllll

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    I have been using Win XP for as long as i can remember, and i have never booted up before and gotten this message. It claims my C drive needs to be checked for consistency..why would it do this, and what is its purpose?


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    All kinds of reasons . Unless it found a LOT of errors , there`s prolly no need to worry.
     
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    1. Click on the Start menu and open the run dialog.
    2. Type "cmd" and return (without quotes)
    3. Next type "fsutil dirty query <letter of drive that chkdsk keeps checking>" (for example, C:
    4. If the returned message indicates that the volume is dirty, go to step 5
    5. Next type "chkdsk <drive letter> /f /x"

    If you get this below answer YES.
    Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another
    process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be
    checked the next time the system restarts? <Y/N>

    6. After that finishes, repeat step 3.
    7. If the volume is no longer dirty, reboot and chkdsk should not reappear
     
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    Ok i did as viper suggested, but it stops checking at stage 3. It is still saying the drive is dirty, and still needs to be checked. I did a defrag and a disk cleanup, and suggestions?
     
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    that problem tends to occur if the drive was in use, and the PC was powered off instead of shutdown.

    not sure how to remove the dirty flag, its been so long since i've had that problem.
     
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    I defragged the drive, and ran disk cleanup..nada..still same problem..confusing.
     
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    Dos seatools is good for this kind of thing
     
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    I'll look into it, thanks.
     
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    Have you run a virus scan lately?
    Viruses can also lead to disk inconsistencies.
    Stage 3 of chkdsk is checking the security descriptors of each file to make sure they are well formed and internally consistent.
     
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    I would try running a diagnostic app like HDD Health on that drive. It'll will read the SMART data off the drive and see if there are too many reallocations (bad sectors), or it is over heating etc.
     
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    Happens to me everytime I booted up my old comp. I did what it said and everytime i boot it still happens. This is mainly caused by the hard drive failing
     
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    Yes i have many anti virus programs, and all have come back clean. It's prolly just ready to die. As i sit here right now, it sounds like a low humming buzz every few seconds.
     
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    i'd say get your data off it, and turn it into an external HDD (if its hardly ever on, it'll live a lot longer)
     
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    It's weird, this program says both HD's are in excellent condition. :confused:
     
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    those programs read certain values of data. bad sectors, hours of operation etc... they cant hear funny noises, they cant tell if a motors physically wearing down, etc.
     
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    Correct, I am gonna venture a guess and say the drive is on it's way out, so do as suggested and backup whatever you can before it says bye-bye.
     
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    It is a long shot, but check your c: drive root directory and see if you have a lot of files named Filexxxx.chk

    If you do; try deleting them. Only the ones with .chk extension.

    Then restart and see what happens...
     
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    If you are still having problems try this.
    1. Turn off system restore
    2. Reboot
    3. Run windows disk cleaner for each drive
    4. Turn system restore back on-if you use it.
     

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