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[SOLVED] System Scan on Strtup

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Dunno what causes it, but I think after installing SP3 every time my PC starts up it want to scan my H drive, which is my 500gb storage drive... I have been letting it do it, thinking after it does it it won't ask anymore. Well I rarely ever reboot my Pc, maybe once a week, its on 24/7 almost.. so It hasn't really been bugging me, but now I'm interested in solving it ;).

So how can I get my PC startup back to normal.

Thanks In Advance
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Re: System Scan on Strtup

Greetings Blue_3,

Please try this workaround...

1: Go Start > Run > in the box type CMD; once in the Command Prompt Window type fsutil dirty query H: > Enter.

(Please note the spaces with all the commands. You can copy & paste them to ensure they are correct.)

This queries the drive, and more than likely it will tell you if it is "dirty" (meaning having bad sectors).

2: Next, type CHKNTFS /X H: > Enter.
In this instance,the 'X' tells Windows to NOT check that particular drive on the next reboot.

3: Reboot the computer; the Check Disk facility should not start, and boot directly into Windows.

4: When the reboot is finished, and its at the Desktop, please repeat Step One to open a Command Prompt Pane.

5: Type in Chkdsk /f /r h: > Enter.

It will now go through 5 stages of the scan and will unset any dirty sector/s.

6: Finally, type fsutil dirty query h:;Windows will confirm that the dirty sector/s not set on that drive.
Close the Command Prompt Pane.

Give this a try and post back with the results.

Kind Regards,
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Re: System Scan on Strtup

Right now It's scanning H as we speak. I did have to dismount the drive before it would let me chkdsk. It's storage only.. so I'm not sure what was using it..

Now to verify some stuff for me personally:
Chkdsk /f /r h:
"/f means to do a full chkdsk?"
"/r means to repair?"
Those are my best guesses. I just wanna know cause.. well I like to learn new things I guess on Pc's ;).

Also bad sectors on this HDD, possible signs of a early failure right? Nothing to be alarmed about, but something to be cautious about correct?

Umm I've never dismounted a drive before, not exactly sure what it exactly means, so Is there gonna be anything I will need to do to like remount it? or will I be good to go?

As I said its scanning the drive now, and it is 500GB so.. good thing I'll be busy for a few next hours elsewhere haha. Thanks, Later

I'll post back in a couple of hours with the final results.
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Re: System Scan on Strtup

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
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C:\Documents and Settings\Colton>Chkdsk /f /r h:
The type of the file system is NTFS.

Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another
process. Chkdsk may run if this volume is dismounted first.
Would you like to force a dismount on this volume? (Y/N) y
Volume dismounted. All opened handles to this volume are now invalid.
Volume label is Samsung SpinPoint T (Storage).

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 5)...
File verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 5)...
Index verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 5)...
Security descriptor verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying file data (stage 4 of 5)...
File data verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying free space (stage 5 of 5)...
Free space verification is complete.
Windows has checked the file system and found no problems.

488385528 KB total disk space.
428474148 KB in 13989 files.
29236 KB in 869 indexes.
0 KB in bad sectors.
205108 KB in use by the system.
65536 KB occupied by the log file.
59677036 KB available on disk.

4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
122096382 total allocation units on disk.
14919259 allocation units available on disk.

C:\Documents and Settings\Colton>fsutil dirty query h:
Volume - h: is NOT Dirty

C:\Documents and Settings\Colton>
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Re: System Scan on Strtup

explanation of chkdsk command and parameters

Dismounting the volume simply means Windows will prevent any program to access it, there shouldn't be any problem with storage drives and partitions. If it was the system partition or a partition where you installed some program that's currently running you would have to restart the computer so that the scan runs before Windows loads. Windows will remount the drive automatically once the scan is over, you don't need to do anything.

Restart the computer and see if it still scans the hard drive at startup.

Read this since this is an AMD computer (second post, third topic) :
Re: System Scan on Strtup

Well, thanks and you can add this to your SP3 list. I have installed SP3 already, I have a AMD x2 4200+, and the only problem with windows was what we just fixed. so... yep.. lol
Re: System Scan on Strtup

Excellent!! We are both glad that its sorted. :4-clap:
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