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Scan and Fix Removable Disk Prompt - Disable in Windows

How to Disable "Do you want to scan and fix Removable Drive" Prompt in Windows
Published by Brink
02 May 2012
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How to Disable "Do you want to scan and fix Removable Drive" Prompt in Windows

information   Information
This will show you how to permanently stop getting prompted by the "Do you want to scan and fix Removable Drive" dialog when connecting a removable storage device in Windows.

The "Do you want to scan and fix....?" prompt is caused by Windows detecting errors in the file system of the removable drive, or the drive was not removed (unmounted) properly. To help prevent getting this prompt, make sure to use the Safely Remove Hardware option to safely eject the removable drive before disconnecting or pulling it out.

Note   Note
Normally, you would run the Scan and fix option when prompted to have check disk run and attempt to fix any bad sectors and/or file system errors on the removable disk.
Scan and Fix Removable Disk Prompt - Disable in Windows-chkdsk.jpg
You may also need to delete any incomplete files that were being copied to the removable disk if it was removed before finished copying.

If the above fails to fix the removable disk to stop getting the "Do you want to scan and fix....?" prompt for it, then running the clean command and formating the removable disk usually will.

warning   Warning
Disabling Scan and Fix will also disable AutoPlay and stop the Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) service.

If you do not mind this, then proceed to the steps below for how to disable Scan and Fix.

If you do mind, then use the instructions in the blue note box above to fix the problem with the removable disk instead of disabling Scan and Fix..


EXAMPLE: "Do you want to scan and fix Removable Drive" Prompt in Windows
Scan and Fix Removable Disk Prompt - Disable in Windows-scan_and_fix.jpg
Here's How:

1. Open Services (click on link), then stop and disable the Shell Hardware Detection service. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: The default setting is Started and Automatic for the Shell Hardware Detection service.
Scan and Fix Removable Disk Prompt - Disable in Windows-services.jpg
2. When finished, close the Services window.

3. You will now never be prompted by the "Do you want to scan and fix Removable Drive" dialog when connecting a removable disk again.



That's it,
Shawn



24 May 2013   #1
Stephanie

Linux Zorin OS x64, Win 7 Pro x64, Chalet OS x64, Linux Light x86
 
 

Exultant tutorial just what I needed (I use Flash Drives a lot) Thank you very much Brink I will be implementing this across my systems


My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 May 2013   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10122
 
 

You're most welcome Stephanie. I'm glad it was able to help.
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15 Apr 2014   #3
squiptryx

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Doesn't work for me.

I had this problem a couple of years ago, and disabling SHDS fixed the problem admirably - until a few weeks ago when the "Scan and Fix" prompt started showing up again. I checked SHDS, and it was disabled. I set it to manual instead of disabled - no joy. I enabled SHDS, restarted my computer (Toshiba C650D Satellite laptop), disabled SHDS again and restarted again - problem still there. I temporarily fixed it by clicking the "scan" option, but it's only a matter of time before that dirty bit gets switched to "1" again, and the problem will start over. Any suggestions on how to kill a zombie SHDS, or on what other part of the system could be doing this?

Thanks

Martin Young
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15 Apr 2014   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10122
 
 

Hello Martin, and welcome to Seven Forums.

What drive is this happening with? I'd be a bit concerned about it possibly being on it's last leg.
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15 Apr 2014   #5
squiptryx

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

It's a new SanDisk Force Cruzer CZ71 8GB 8G USB Flash Pen Drive Memory Disk Metal Silver. Three months out of the wrapper.
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15 Apr 2014   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10122
 
 

In that case, you might format it to see if that may clear the errors it's finding.
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18 Apr 2014   #7
squiptryx

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

It's not finding errors. I apologize if I gave the wrong impression. I thought I was joining a "get rid of scan-and-fix" thread. My problem is that the "scan and fix" notice _sometimes_ comes up even though I have Shell Hardware Detection disabled. Can you tell me where to go to get that particular problem addressed?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Apr 2014   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10122
 
 

I'm not sure why you would still be getting this message if disabled, but since you are, I would recommend to format the USB flash drive to hopefully clear any errors that are being detected.
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