Computer checks disk E on every re-boot

Posted on 2008-11-12
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I have a home built PC- Win XP Home SP3, 2.8 Pentium Northwood, 2 hard drives, 2GB RAM.
Recently it insists that drive 'E' needs to be checked for consistency on each re-boot. It never finds any problem and the computer runs fine after. E is a 300GB drive for data only. I have C (operating system) and D (programs) on a separate disk. I have run chkdsk /r and Maxtor diagnostics and all report fine. I checked power and data cables and all fine. Eventually I cloned the hard drive to a new 300GB hard drive and then relaced this in the machine with an independent power supply. Same problem - it wants to check this new disk for consistency each re-boot. The machine runs fine otherwise and all data on E is available. Can't resolve this annoyance. Help appreciated. Thanks.
Question by:giardap
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    Expert Comment

    GO to my computer, right click on E, then properties, then tools-> scan  and check "Automatically fix errors", if you are prompted to restart then click no
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    What you're experiencing right now is an error check that Windows runs at startup.  It looks for a "dirty bit" and if the dirty bit is set  a program called "autochk" runs which automatically performs CHKDSK /f.

    To fix this problem you should go to Start -> Run -> "cmd"

    In the command prompt type in "fsutil dirty query E:"
    This checks to see if the drive is dirty or not.

    Next type in "CHKNTFS /X E:"  <- This tells Windows not to check the drive at the next startup.

    Reboot the computer and do a manual CHKDSK by typing "Chkdsk /f /r E:"  This will do a full check up and remove the dirty bit

    Then type in "fsutil dirty query E:" to confirm that the drive is no longer dirty and you should be set.
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    Expert Comment

    convert E to NTFS, I see alot of disk checks with FAT32?

    Author Comment

    Thank you theProfessa.
    Your diagnosis was on -the-button and the 'fix' worked first time.
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    I'm glad I could be of assistance, and thank you for the points.

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