Is your hard drive dirty? Is NTFS Self-healing on? Why use chkdsk?

If you want to find out if your hard drive is dirty, simply open a command prompt and type fsutil dirty query c:

1 Dirty

You can also run ntfschk –

Dirty Two

You can now check to make sure NTFS self-healing is on.  It should be by default.
Open a command prompt and type fsutil repair query c:

1 - query

If your drive is old and you suspect it is going bad, you can type –

fsutil behavior set BugcheckOnCorrupt 1

You can manually turn on NTFS self-healing by typing –

fsutil repair set c: 0x01

Ultimately, you can use the chkdsk command to help repair drives.


About TCAT Shelbyville IT Department

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation. This system comprises six universities, fourteen community colleges, and twenty-six Applied Technology Colleges.
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