I have been really satisfied with the Dell Studio XPS 13 running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit that I purchased at the beginning of the year however recently the C: drive displays dirty on boot thus triggering a chkdsk. The problem is that sometimes the boot screen would simply hang at 1 second left before the chkdsk would run. This would happen regardless of if I hit a key to skip the chkdsk or if I let the chkdsk run. Below I describe some of the things I have done to get around this problem.

Let me start by saying that I think the drive isn’t really dirty but that the issue resides with a couple Linux VM’s (Virtual Machines) I have configured to a set size on the hard drive. If that is not the case then I believe the issue has something to do with the Solid State Hard Drive that is installed in the laptop. Each time I have actually let a chkdsk complete it doesn’t find any errors and sometimes even on the next boot the disk shows dirty again. Below is an image of what the laptop hangs on sometimes during boot after displaying the Windows 7 logo.

Windows 7 Laptop With Solid State Drive Hanging On Boot CHKDSK:

Windows 7: CHKDSK Every Boot

For awhile I had this happening every single time I booted my Windows 7 laptop that has a solid state drive. When I attempted to hit Enter or Space Bar to skip the check it would simply hang at the above screen. Finally I tried holding the “n” key or tapping the “n” key and that seemed to do a better job allowing me to skip the CHKDSK. Not sure if that actually makes a different but it sure did for me.

Disable CHKDSK Every Boot On Windows 7:

To disable chkdsk every boot on your C:\ drive use the command below.

chkntfs /x c:

Also shown in the image below to show you what it looks like from a command prompt.

Skip chkdsk On Boot: Windows 7

Now the next time you boot your Windows 7 computer it will not perform a CHKDSK on the C drive.

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2 Responses to “Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit: C: Drive Shows Dirty, Windows 7 CHKDSK Every Boot”
  1. Terrorbrezel says:

    your solution has a big disadvantage. People using windows backup services like me cannot continue so, because Windows refuses to perform the backup unless the dirty bit is unset :(


    alex Reply:

    Hello Terrorbrezel,

    The proper way to try and resolve this is using chkdsk so you might consider scanning the drive to see if that fixes the issue. You could also try another form of backup software that will likely be more robust as well.



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