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#20032 10-Mar-2008 18:32
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For some reason my Windows XP Home is running disk check on my D: drive (secondary hard disk) every time windows boots up.
From what I can tell it's never finding any errors.  Any ideas why it would be doing this or how to stop it from doing this on startup each and every time?



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  #115846 10-Mar-2008 21:15
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this is interesting. usually xp will do startup disk checks if there are errors. so no errors at all are showing up? it's not trying to delete any corrupted files? i would suggest your disk probably does have errors but xp can't find them (god knows why). i'd recommend backing up your data and then formatting the drive and see if that fixes it.


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  #115860 10-Mar-2008 23:22
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Well, I only get a very quick glance at the screen before it goes back into windows.. but going by what I see there's no errors. So yes, it's very strange.

I'm copying files to my boot disk at the moment and will try a format tommorow night and see if that makes any difference.  If not I'll contact Ascent to see if they can think of anything.




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  #115884 11-Mar-2008 07:56
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Try this,

First click Start> Run> bring up a command prompt by typing in cmd and type fsutil dirty query d:

This queries the drive, and more than likely it will tell you that it is dirty.

Next, type chkntfs /x d:

The 'x' tells Windows to NOT check that particular drive on the next reboot. At this time, manually reboot your computer, it should not do a chkdsk and take you directly to Windows.

Once Windows has fully loaded, bring up another command prompt and do a chkdsk manually by typing chkdsk /f /r d: This should take you through 5 stages of the scan and will unset that dirty bit.

Type fsutil dirty query d: to check the state of the drive again. Hopefully, NOT Dirty.


Open the Control Panel
Double click on Administrative Tools
Double click on Event Viewer
Click on Application
Find items labeled Winlogon under the Source column
Results of CHKDSKs on restart can be found in the Winlogon entries.

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  #115983 11-Mar-2008 17:39
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Darn good post that.


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Uber Geek


  #116016 11-Mar-2008 20:27
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You da man! :)

Seems to have done the job.

Here's a log of what it did..

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\ZollyMonsta>fsutil dirty query d:
Volume - d: is Dirty

C:\Documents and Settings\ZollyMonsta>chkntfs /x d:
The type of the file system is NTFS.


C:\Documents and Settings\ZollyMonsta>chkdsk /f /r d:
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Volume label is Data.

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 5)...
File verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 5)...
Index verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 5)...
Security descriptor verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying file data (stage 4 of 5)...
File data verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying free space (stage 5 of 5)...
Free space verification is complete.
Windows has checked the file system and found no problems.

 312568640 KB total disk space.
 138689424 KB in 36505 files.
     13396 KB in 3197 indexes.
         0 KB in bad sectors.
    115644 KB in use by the system.
     65536 KB occupied by the log file.
 173750176 KB available on disk.

      4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
  78142160 total allocation units on disk.
  43437544 allocation units available on disk.

C:\Documents and Settings\ZollyMonsta>fsutil dirty query D:
Volume - D: is NOT Dirty




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