Saturday, September 10, 2005

Chkdsk starts automatically while booting Windows.

Sometimes Check Disk utility (chkdsk) starts automatically on every boot-up even though Windows was shut down properly, because if the Dirty bit of a Disk drive is set, chkdsk scans the dirve for errors even though Disk has no errors.

To solve this problem, go to Start > Run and type cmd and press Enter key. Here at the Command Prompt, type chkntfs /d and press Enter key. This command resets the chkntfs settings to default values and schedules a scan for all Disk drives on next restart. Allow this Disk scan to complete.

Then reboot the system again and check whether chkdsk runs as it would do before. If it does run and scan again, then in Command Prompt type the command chkntfs /x DriveLetter: and press Enter key. Here DriveLetter is the letter of that Disk drive which gets scanned on every boot-up (for example, type chkntfs /x C: if C: drive is scanned every time). This command excludes the specified Disk drive from scanning.

Note that chkntfs also works with FAT32 file system!

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks - bailed me out of a heap of trouble

12:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thankssss!!! this post not only fix my problem....fix my head :P

6:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thankyou very much. Saved me a lot of time!!!!!

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i know this thread is old but what if it freezes in the check disk mode and you can't start windows?

7:06 AM  
Anonymous Jon said...

If it freezes in the chkdsk and you haven't been able to start Windows then this solution will not work. This solution only applies to systems that actually boot into Windows but have the annoyance of doing a chkdsk before loading.
Your problem is most likely due to a faulty hard disk :(

8:39 PM  

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