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Windows 7: Toshiba Portable 500 Gb Hard Drive Error: Volume is dirty 0x80071AC3


19 Dec 2012   #11

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 4wd View Post
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reuse my Portable Hard Drive again to backup information
I would never trust a drive showing such symptoms to ever be safe to use (unless the errors can be traced to the box\connection\interface. Take the drive out of the box and try it in another setup).

I don't understand what you said about another setup and to take the drive out of the box? It is an error relating to the volume being dirty. The hard drive is not damage I believe, it has something to do with the Dirty Bit probably! The reason I said that is because on this forum, there is another guy who seems to have a similar problem, a Hard Drive Error: Volume is dirty 0x80071AC3 and two members (Jumanji & Tveblen) helped him but I'm not exactly sure if we have the same exact issue. I don't know if I'm allow the put a link so you could check and let me know if what he did could helped me, the link is: http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/256903-hard-drive-error-volume-dirty-0x80071ac3.html
Thanks,

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20 Dec 2012   #12

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Yep Yankie007,

Since you had already started checkdisk, I did not want to interfere. After giving it a lot of time, now I think I should.

I agree totally with other people's opinion here that your hard drive problem is so severe that checkdisk is finding it difficult to cope with.

Now it is time to abort it ( you will be none the worse. ) and get going with other trys. And yes, you are right. Try what I had suggested in the other thread Hard Drive Error: Volume is dirty 0x80071AC3 ( It is unfortunate that the OP did not return to say what happened finally.)

If the HP Tool refuses and then the LLF format tool also fails to identify or having identified throws innumerable errors in the dialog box as it progresses, it is time to say goodbye without wasting any further time and effort.

EDIT: The efficacy of the HP Tool and the LLF tool is proven in Formatted External HD as exFat - Windows does not read drive... where the OP was able to retrieve his messy and fussy HDD - which was good anyway to start with. Only the OP had messed it up. )
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20 Dec 2012   #13

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I had a client insist we complete a CHKDSK on a 125g laptop hd once. It took 197 hours. Hundreds of bad sectors. I'm guessing from physical damage. It can take a veeeeery long time. Yours is 500g.

If your hd only had a dirty bit and no physical damage, the scan would have completed in under 24 hours.

I suggested the diagnostic to get you an answer without waiting 7-10 days. Run the quick test. If the disk is seriously failing, that will find it.

You should be able to access the hd from its' bottom compartment to see the brand name. If it's Toshiba, it is rebranded (they don't make hd's). Run the Seagate DOS bootup diagnostic.
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20 Dec 2012   #14

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Hi Jumanji & Pscowboy!
First, thank you so much guys for helping me out, I truly appreciated it. If I understand right, my hard drive has too much severe damage that I should stop the scan/check disk! From now on, I'm not sure what to do Jumanji, you said to go to your other thread, is it the post in red below that shows this:
** (if so, my hard drive letter is: H so should I change the letter "m" for "H" which is my drive letter and the one to fix?)**
"To check if this is so, open an elevated Command Prompt and then type " fsutil dirty query m: " (with m being the drive letter for the external drive. This will tell you if the drive is marked dirty.

If it is, then do this: open the Command Prompt and type: " CHKNTFS /X m:
" . This will tell Windows NOT to check the drive on the next restart. Then manually restart the computer (keep the external connected).

You should get into Windows without an messages about the drive.

Once in Windows, now run chkdsk on the drive. At the Command Prompt type: " Chkdsk /f /r m: " . Chkdsk should go through all 5 stages of it's test.

When it's done then check the disk by running " fsutil dirty query m:
" again. If all went well the Windows will confirm that the dirty bit is not set on that drive.

Sometimes chkdsk can not reset the bit. In than case you can go nuclear and copy all the files off the drive and then format it (that will definitely reset the bit).
Or you can do something like this with a Hex Editor:
Manually Reset or Clear Dirty Bit in Windows without CHKDSK"

Or
As I have no clue what HDD LLF means, I see that you have recommended someone in order to format his Hard drive! If the first step doesn't work, do you suggest downloading this software and follow the directions or I'm just confuse, hehe!

Download the HDD LLF Low Level Format Tool ver 4.25 ( Windows executable - needs no installation) HDDGURU: HDD LLF Low Level Format Tool

Ps: Sorry if I'm a bit slow to understand, english isn't my primary language!

Again, thank you for your help and patience.

Yannik

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20 Dec 2012   #15
4wd

W8+8.1, W7 ult+hp, XP
 
 

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I don't understand what you said about another setup and to take the drive out of the box?
It's an external\portable, yes? Am therefore supposing\assuming (no info given) it must be in some kind of cabinet, with USB interface\electronics (and it's own power supply if it's a 3,5).

Am suggesting to take it out of there, and connect it directly in a working pc, or use another enclosure, and perform the tests again. Probably the same error would show up, but maybe worth a try. If it fails again under these circumstances, at least you can be sure it's ready for the trash. And should it go well, get a new enclosure\interface. Whatever you try, good luck.


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21 Dec 2012   #16

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 4wd View Post
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I don't understand what you said about another setup and to take the drive out of the box?
It's an external\portable, yes? Am therefore supposing\assuming (no info given) it must be in some kind of cabinet, with USB interface\electronics (and it's own power supply if it's a 3,5).

Am suggesting to take it out of there, and connect it directly in a working pc, or use another enclosure, and perform the tests again. Probably the same error would show up, but maybe worth a try. If it fails again under these circumstances, at least you can be sure it's ready for the trash. And should it go well, get a new enclosure\interface. Whatever you try, good luck.
Thanks 4WD. There is no place to open my Toshiba Portable HD, it's all plastic and there is nothing I can see that will open it. I also don't want to have the waranty cancel. It is truly an issue about the volume being dirty.
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21 Dec 2012   #17

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Hi Jumanji,
I started the step by step* tutorial that you have posted earlier and at first it was going fine! I changed the drive letter "m" to "H" which it was my Portable hard drive letter. After the step 2, the result showed the drive H was marked "dirty". When I reached step 3, that where it stops! I'll explain, in command prompt, it says: windows is verifying free space... 0 percent completed. (0 of 3815366 free clusters proccessed), it is not froze but it's not proccessing either!

Since I could not finished verifying or check free space related to dirty drive, should I do this next?? Download the HDD LLF Low Level Format Tool ver 4.25 ( Windows executable - needs no installation) HDDGURU: HDD LLF Low Level Format Tool

If it stopped when I did scan/check disk, should I try to Manually Reset or Clear Dirty Bit in Windows without CHKDSK" ?? I really don't know much about specific technical issue like that!

These are the steps* I was referring to above:

Step 1 - "To check if this is so, open an elevated Command Prompt and then type " fsutil dirty query m: " (with m being the drive letter for the external drive. This will tell you if the drive is marked dirty.

Step 2 - If it is, then do this: open the Command Prompt and type: " CHKNTFS /X m:
" . This will tell Windows NOT to check the drive on the next restart. Then manually restart the computer (keep the external connected).

You should get into Windows without an messages about the drive.

Step 3 - Once in Windows, now run chkdsk on the drive. At the Command Prompt type: " Chkdsk /f /r m: " . Chkdsk should go through all 5 stages of it's test.


Step 4 - When it's done then check the disk by running " fsutil dirty query m: " again. If all went well the Windows will confirm that the dirty bit is not set on that drive.

Step 5 - Sometimes chkdsk can not reset the bit. In than case you can go nuclear and copy all the files off the drive and then format it (that will definitely reset the bit).
Or you can do something like this with a Hex Editor:
Manually Reset or Clear Dirty Bit in Windows without CHKDSK"
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22 Dec 2012   #18

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Hi Yankie007, sorry that I couldn't step in earlier since I was otherwise busy.

The procedure you had adopted was not authored by me. Wrong attribute.

My only recommendations in the post I had linked was to first try to format with HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool. (Since you seem to be confused on clicking on the links and get on to the linked URL, I am providing the direct download link below. Just click on it and save the download)
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Right click on the .exe file and run as administrator.

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Select the correct drive, uncheck Quick Format (so that you can do a full format) and click on Start.

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If you are unable to format the drive, then we can try the low level format tool. So report.


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22 Dec 2012   #19
4wd

W8+8.1, W7 ult+hp, XP
 
 

It's got warranty? I'd send it in demanding a replacement or refund.

Generally, when any HD starts acting funny for whatever reason, I immediately save any data and get rid of it. It may have been fixable and working again for some time, but for how long... These days, with prices for TB sized reliable and trouble-free drives being this low > Amazon.com: WD Elements 2 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive: Electronics , IMO no need to spend lots of time battling dying drives or take chances by continuing using them.
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22 Dec 2012   #20

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
Hi Yankie007, sorry that I couldn't step in earlier since I was otherwise busy.

The procedure you had adopted was not authored by me. Wrong attribute.

My only recommendations in the post I had linked was to first try to format with HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool. (Since you seem to be confused on clicking on the links and get on to the linked URL, I am providing the direct download link below. Just click on it and save the download)
Download starting... - Softpedia

Right click on the .exe file and run as administrator.

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Select the correct drive, uncheck Quick Format (so that you can do a full format) and click on Start.

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If you are unable to format the drive, then we can try the low level format tool. So report.

Hi Jumanji,
Thank you so much for your help! I downloaded and installed the little software and ran it as admin, I did what you asked but when I clicked start, it is sooo slooow! I will wait a few hours to see if it works! If not, I'll let you know ?
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