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How Can I Clean A Volume Marked As Dirty?


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#1 apsccltd

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Posted 12 January 2006 - 03:29 PM

I have a single Maxtor 160Gb SATA drive partitioned into 4 volumes. The largest (H:) is used for storing Media files and has been marked by Windows XP as 'dirty' (previously corrupted). For the last few months chkdsk has been running as boot up. Found out from the microsoft site that this is because the drive is flagged as dirty, I've surpressed this using chkntfs.exe and run a chkdsk /f which found no errors. The drive is still flagged as dirty and won't defrag because chkdsk is scheduled.

Also can't run chkdsk via windows utility, because it can't get exclusive use of the H: drive, even though there should only be data files on there, no OS or programs installed. What could be 'locking' the drive?

System: Athlon 3000XP, Asus A7N8X Deluxe motherboard, 1Gb RAM, Windows XP SP2, Partition Magic 8.0 used for partitioning, Norton Internet Security Suite 2004 Pro. MS Office 2003 Pro.

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 03:22 AM

NTFS4Dos is freeware and has a dos version of chkdsk which may fix the volume.

However you may be better running the hdd manufacturers hdd diagnostic utility as there could be a fault with the drive if it's constantly happening.

What does Partition Magic report about the partition in question?

And are you using Perfect Disk to defrag the drive? As I had a problem with that defragger always scheduling chkdsk at start up which prevented me from using it to defrag the drive.

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 07:11 PM

Thanks fo the tip. I downloaded Maxtor's PowerMax 4.22 utility, ran all the test (stopping short at reformatting) and they all passed. PowerMax, Partition Magic and chkdsk all see the drive as having no problems, yet XP still has it flagged as dirty, and defrag won't run because a chkdsk /f is scheduled. Any ideas how to force this flag off?

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 07:53 AM

Hello, Has anyone thought of backing up the info on the drive to a CD-ROM or DVD drive then reformatting the drive? Then all you do is restore all of the backed up data and you should get rid of that error. :thumbsup:

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Edited by ThorXP, 22 January 2006 - 07:54 AM.


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Posted 23 January 2006 - 12:21 PM

Here's some solutions for editing the "dirty" flag: http://www.infocellar.com/winxp/disk-checking.htm

Please let us know how it works as I've not tried this.
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