External hard drive is "dirty" and windows runs a check every time computer boots up

By munch2477
Nov 11, 2010
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  1. My external Seagate drive is apparently "dirty" and windows automatically checks it every time i boot up with it attached to the usb port. It is actually pretty annoying. The only way around it that I found is actually unplugging it before I boot up and plugging it back in after windows starts.

    Every time the check says there are no issues. The drive works fine and I am able to use the drive as if nothing is wrong.

    Does anyone know whow to get rid of the check during Windows startup? How can I make my drive "clean" again? Thanks

    EDIT: I have Windows XP sp3 btw
  2. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    You may need to run a manual chkdsk /f to clear it. Try this
    > Unplug the drive then boot up then plug it back in. Determine its drive letter
    > Start->Run, enter cmd to open a command prompt
    > Enter chkdsk x: /f (except use the correct drive letter, not x)

    /f option may take loong time complete (especially if large hard drive.. i.e hours) but when it's done i believe it should clear the dirty bit for you

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