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Windows 7: CHKDSK will not clear dirty tag after chkdsk c: /r ?

17 Feb 2015   #1

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
CHKDSK will not clear dirty tag after chkdsk c: /r ?

I have a 2 TB WD BLACK SATA drive in my computer.
For a couple of days while I was gone I ran chkdsk c: /r
Hoping to clear the dirty tag I get when I run ( fsutil dirty query c: )
When I came back the boot screen was up and I logged in .. the dirty tag is still there. I've run the WD utility and it shows the drive to be fine and all the bad areas tagged. I ran this at the CMD screen and as an administrator. The scan starts at the next boot.

This is round 2. I've already don't this with another drive which I removed and then installed the above mentioned drive. Any idea why the dirty tag will not clear. Thanks .. K

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18 Feb 2015   #2


Hi there kdiver58 ,

It's a good idea to test the drive. Download WD DLG Support Answers. You can also have a look at this tutorial I think you will find it useful Check Disk - Reset

Hope that helps.
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18 Feb 2015   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

I would avoid Check Disk-Reset.

If fsutil dirty query c: still reveals the drive as dirty, then do the following:

Open a Command Prompt in windows, type the following and hit Enter:
fsutil dirty query C:
If it tells it is dirty then type CHKNTFS /X C: and hit enter. This will prevent Check Disk running on the next reboot.

Now manually reboot your computer. Once Windows has fully loaded, bring up another command prompt and type Chkdsk /r C:[ENTER]. Say Y to do it on reboot. This should take you through five stages of the scan and will un-set that dirty bit. Finally, open Command Prompt and do fsutil dirty query C: [ENTER]. Hopefully Windows will confirm that the dirty bit is not set on that drive.
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