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System needs to check consistency of NTFS file


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Mareve

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Hi Geek's!!

Please help, my laptop is only 10 months old and now on Start Up I'm getting a screen that says the system needs to check the consistency of the NTFS file. I did see a topic on your site from last year that said to run the "fsutil dirty query" but the command box tells me that I need to have administrative priviledges even though I am the administrator. Please help, I've run an anti virus check but it's not coming up with anything. The laptop is not used for anything heavy, just surfing the net, facebook and emails.

Thanks in advance!
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Open the command prompt as an admin.

http://tips4pc.com/c...mmand_promp.htm
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THANK YOU THANK YOU A ZILLION TIMES. I KNEW THERE MUST BE AN EASIER WAY.!!!!!!!!
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Thank you! I've done this & run the query as before. The return that I've gotten is


Usage : fsutil dirty query <volume pathname>
eg: fsutil dirty query C:

C:\Windows\System32>

So does this mean that my system is ok now or do I have to do something else?
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Mareve: please start your own thread.
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Umm Mareve started this topic. :)
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Apologies, confused the names :)

Mareve:

That message means that you are missing a switch or some part of the syntax. You probably just forgot to enter the volume name, which is required for it to run
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Check and see if the hard drive is dirty. Please click on START-->RUN and type cmd. In the new window that appears, type fsutil dirty query c: and hit ENTER. If what appears on the screen says Volume - c: IS Dirty, then please do the following:

Please check the following before proceeding:
  • If you have Spyware Doctor installed, uninstall it.
  • If you have ZoneAlarm installed, open it, click the "Overview" tab, then select "Preferences", and UNcheck the "Protect ZA Client" check box.
Click Start, then Run, type cmd in the Open box and click "Ok". At the prompt in the Command window, type the following commands, pressing "Enter" after each one:

Substitute the drive letter for the drive your want to check for the ? in the following commands. Please note the spaces.
  • chkntfs /d ..... (This will reset autocheck options to default...will come back invalid on some installations)
  • chkntfs /c ?: ..... (This will allow checking the specified drive )
  • chkntfs /x ?: ..... (The x switch tells Windows to NOT check the specified drive on the next boot)
At this point, restart your computer, it will not do a chkdsk and will boot directly to Windows.

This next step is important as this is where the Dirty Bit will be unset.

Substitute the drive letter for the drive your want to check for the ? in the following commands.

Click Start, then Run, type cmd in the Open box and click "Ok". At the command prompt, type the following, pressing "Enter" after each one: (Again, note the spaces.)
  • chkdsk /f /r ?: ..... (To manually run a full chkdsk operation on the specified drive)
  • Y ..... (To accept having it run on the next boot)
This should take you through 5 stages of the scan and will unset the Dirty Bit. Be patient...this is a very thorough check and will take quite a while.

Finally, when the chkdsk operation has completed, type fsutil dirty query ?:, press "Enter", and Windows will confirm that the Dirty Bit is not set on that drive.

Reboot again and see if chkdsk still runs on startup. If the machine boots back up to the command prompt, type exit and press "Enter"...it should boot to Windows.
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