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CHKDSK "volume is dirty"

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by tja, May 4, 2010.

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  1. tja

    tja Thread Starter

    Sep 18, 2006
    My computer is a Dell Dimensions 3000 and my OS is Windows XP.

    I have had something I've never seen happen . . . when I turn on my computer, I get the message:

    "Checking file system on C:
    The volume is dirty.

    CHKDSK is verifying files (State 1 of 3)...."

    It continues to check other "stuf" (indexes, security descriptors). Once it completes a check of security descriptors, it speeds up and then I can log in. The computer seems to work OK. (I don't know where to find a log of the CHKDSK process).

    I've checked the forums and read a variety of postings on this issue, but there is such a variety of discussion on it (and some of it is old) that I'm not sure if there's something I need to do from here.

    Note: I have a MagicJack. The second time I got the "volume is dirty" screen, it happened after I turned my computer on & logged in. The computer locked up during the MagicJack loading process (this happens periodically) - couldn't do a task manager, couldn't manually turn off computer, so I pulled the plug, disconnected MagicJack and plugged it back in and turned the computer on. This is when I got the "volume is dirty" screen and the CHKDSK stuff.

    Any help would be appreciated.
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