July 8, 2005
Dear CNET members,
This week, I was hoping to give Anup a clear-cut solution to stopping Chkdsk from running every time he starts up his computer. But surprisingly, we were in short supply of member submissions--which is a good indicator that this issue is a bit more complex than presented. So to get you started, here is this week's winning answer by Darrin. It's not a simple one, so Anup I hope you are up to the challenge. I have also posted everyone's answer to this week's question, and with a bit of luck on our side and lots of help from our community of experts on this Chkdsk issue (hint, hint--participate in this week's discussion), we can come up with a resolution for you, Anup. Your community involvement, insight, and expertise are appreciated. Good luck and see you in the forums!
Member Question of the Week
Recently I have noticed that each time I boot my system, the
operating system (Windows XP Pro SP2) runs ScanDisk on my D:
drive, stating that the computer did not shut down properly,
which is not true. The system then runs a full ScanDisk on
drive D: and gives an error-free report. Then after that,
each time I boot, it runs ScanDisk on my D: drive all over
again, finds no errors. Kindly suggest how to get rid of this
annoyance. (Intel P4 1.4GHz, 256MB RD-RAM, 40GB Seagate
Barracuda with equal partition, C: and D:, C: being the
primary drive). Thanks in anticipation.
Anup J. of West Bengal, India
Hello, what you're experiencing is what Windows refers to as "setting the dirty bit" and what you have to do is unset that bit. Every time Windows XP starts, autochk.exe is called by the kernel to scan all volumes to check if the volume dirty bit is set. If the dirty bit is set, autochk performs an immediate chkdsk /f on that volume. Chkdsk /f verifies file system integrity and attempts to fix any problems with the volume. It is usually caused by...
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