UPON START-UP, WINDOWS SAYS "......The Volume is Dirty"

Upon Start-up, Windows says "Checking File System on C: THe Type of the File System is NTSF. The Volume is Dirty". What's the problem and how do I fix it?
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Open My Computer.

Highlight the local disk C:\ and right mouse click. Choose Properties from the pop-up context menu.

Click the TOOLS tab on the resulting Drive Properties Window.

Click the Check Now button under the first section labled Error Checking.

Put a check mark in the first box "Automatically Fix file system errors"

leave the 2nd box for bad sectors UNchecked and click the Start button on the window.

 

This should fix the issue.

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I tried this but it did not seem to work. Would it help if I did this suggested repair in the Start-up mpde? If so, how do I do this?

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Windows is supposed to fix it.

Volumes that have file system errors are known as dirty volumes. If a volume is dirty, it has experienced file system errors, and you must run chkdsk on the volume to repair the problem.

If a volume's dirty bit is set, this indicates that the file system may be in an inconsistent state. The dirty bit can be set because the volume is online and has outstanding changes, because changes were made to the volume and the computer shutdown before the changes were committed to disk, or because corruption was detected on the volume. If the dirty bit is set when the computer restarts, chkdsk runs to verify the consistency of the volume.

Every time you start a computer running one of the operating systems in Windows XP or the Windows Server 2003 family, 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.

When chkdsk runs automatically on a reboot either because XP thinks it needs to (perhaps your NTFS volume has been marked as dirty) or you chose to do it youself, the results are shown in the Event Viewer Application log.  You need to look there for the chkdsk log and any results or problems after chkdsk has run. 

To see the Event Viewer logs, click Start, Settings, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Event Viewer.

A shortcut to Event Viewer is to click Start, Run and in the box enter:

%SystemRoot%\system32\eventvwr.msc

Click OK to launch the Event Viewer.

Look in the Application log for an event sourced by Winlogon, something like:

Event Type:    Information
Event Source:    Winlogon
Event Category:    None
Event ID:    1001
Date:        8/4/2010
Time:        11:25:57 AM
Description:
Checking file system on C:

The type of the file system is NTFS.

One of your disks needs to be checked for consistency. You
may cancel the disk check, but it is strongly recommended
that you continue.

Windows will now check the disk.

Cleaning up minor inconsistencies on the drive.
CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
Usn Journal verification completed.

  39070048 KB total disk space.
  28017948 KB in 100571 files.
     56540 KB in 10556 indexes.
         0 KB in bad sectors.
    236440 KB in use by the system.
     65536 KB occupied by the log file.
  10759120 KB available on disk.

      4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
   9767512 total allocation units on disk.
   2689780 allocation units available on disk.

Windows has finished checking your disk.
Please wait while your computer restarts.

The dirty bit will not be cleared until chkdsk /r (or chkdsk /p) runs clean either when the system reboots (like the example) or when you run chkdsk /r from the XP Recovery Console.

If for some reason chkdsk will not clear the dirty, you can tell XP to never check the dirty bit of a drive, but that will not fix your potentially failing disk drive, or it could be the drive just needs to have chkdsk run on it for some other recoverable error condition.

A simple power interruption is something that could result in a drive being marked dirty.

The Event Log is where you need to look to see what to do about it.


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Open My Computer.

Highlight the local disk C:\ and right mouse click. Choose Properties from the pop-up context menu.

Click the TOOLS tab on the resulting Drive Properties Window.

Click the Check Now button under the first section labled Error Checking.

Put a check mark in the first box "Automatically Fix file system errors"

leave the 2nd box for bad sectors UNchecked and click the Start button on the window.

 

This should fix the issue.


the box won't stay checked it tells me "could not be performed because the disk utility needs exclusive access to some Windows files on the disk. These files can be accessed only   by restarting windows. Do you want to schedule this check to occur the next time you restart the computer"? then nothing happens.

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You are responding to a post that's almost a year old.  In the future, please start your own question thread.

You need to answer "Yes" to that question and then manually restart your computer.
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