My Dell laptop has been claiming there is a hard drive issue for some time however when I reboot and let Windows 7 scan the drive it either doesn’t scan the drive or it scans the drive and still claims there is an issue. I believe the drive doesn’t have any major issues and that it has something else to do with the fact that it is a solid state drive. To get past the problem of Windows always claiming that it needs to scan the drive on reboot I scheduled a scan for the next reboot. Below is information on how to schedule a chkdsk scan on next reboot.
Schedule A chkdsk Scan On Reboot For Windows 7:
- Open Command Prompt: First open a command prompt by clicking the Windows icon in the lower left corner of your taskbar, type in “cmd” without the quotes in the search box, and click the enter key to launch a Command Prompt window as shown in the below example image.
Windows 7 Command Prompt:
- Verify Scan Needed: Before you schedule the chkdsk you should verify if Windows 7 thinks the drive is dirty or not by issuing the below command. In the command below “c:” represents the primary drive on my laptop so modify this if your primary drive has a different letter.
Query Drive On Windows 7 To Verify If Dirty Or Not:
Command To Verify Disk Is Tagged Dirty:code
- fsutil dirty query c:
- Schedule chkdsk Scan: As you can see in the example above Windows 7 has tagged the drive dirty so a chkdsk scan should be scheduled as shown in the below example image.
Command To Schedule A chkdsk On Reboot:
Command To Schedule A chkdsk On Reboot:code
- chkdsk c: /r
- Reboot Windows 7: Now reboot your computer. When the computer is in the process of rebooting you will see the chkdsk scan take place. The chkdsk scan can take awhile to complete depending on the size of the drive and other factors. Once the scan is completed you should be able to query the drive again using the “fsutil dirty query c:” command to verify the drive is no longer tagged dirty.
If your drive continues to be tagged dirty you should investigate further to make sure that the drive is not going bad.