How to avoid chkdsk disk scan at every time booting windows

by Rohit Khurana on January 4, 2008

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Trouble:

Recently we received a problem from one of the readers on system run a chkdsk disk scan again and again at every time on booting windows.

Let’s see how we can solve the problem of disk scan running every time of boot on windows.

Fix:

Disc scan is one of the protective feature of windows which runs to clean any cross-links or bad sectors that may be generated because of the improper shutdown of windows due to some reason. So, when ever you shutdown your system in some improper way ,the next time you boot your windows you will see scan disk running which you can stop by pressing an key on time.

But in some cases as experienced by some of the windows users, disk scan runs every time they reboot, this happens because of the following reasons:

1. Improper shutdown(most common).

2. External hard drive or portable drive attached which causes scan disk to scan them at every reboot.

3. chkdsk was not allowed to be completed at the time of boot.

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Above reasons are normally the most common reasons behind this problem, but none of them matches with your case then, you probably have a dirty volume on your hard drive which has some bad sectors which does not get repaired at the time of reboot.

Here is a link to info about understanding of dirty volumes.

So, at every reboot chkdsk tries to repair those dirty bits on those bad sectors on your hard drive in those specific partitions.

But, don’t worry as you can simply fix this problem of disc scanning at every reboot.

Just follow the procedure given below:

You need to do a manual chkdsk on all the partitions or physical hard drives.

1. Open start>>run and type “cmd”(without double quotes)

2. Type “chkntfs /x <drive letter>”(without double quotes) For example: chkntfs /x d:

3. Run this command for all the partitions of your hard drive.

4. Reboot your computer properly it will not do a disk scan again.

We hope this solves your problem…do lets us know through comments if you have any issues.

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

sandy saunders February 22, 2008 at 6:44 am

many thanks – sorted the problem in a jiffy

priyank March 9, 2008 at 10:54 am

The above method has not succeded in my case. When i did it, it showed “the type of file is ntfs” in d e and f drives and for c drive it showed “the type of file is fat32″ I don know what it means. And ofcourse i have got a good antivirus in my pc so i don think that it is a virus. I have also tried Regcure which claims to b an expert in chkdsk problems but still the system checks the files every time it boots.
Any suggestions are warmly welcomed.

Rohit March 9, 2008 at 7:32 pm

@Priyank
I would suggest you to try disable your antivirus, then run the commands in above post, after the disc scan is complete, enable your antivirus, restart your computer. It may help!

Jabeen April 16, 2008 at 10:14 pm

In each drive of my computer there are folders named system volume informaion and xerox. Are these virus files. If so how to remove these files permanently. I have tried to delete these but, there was a message ” cant delete, there programs are being use by othere persons or too many files are opened”.

Please give some suggestions.

With regards

Jaben

photosloz April 17, 2008 at 1:39 pm

Fantastic fix, I was about to reformat the offending drive and was lucky enough to find your site before I did that. I followed the directions and it worked perfectly. No more “Mini Blue Screen of Death” Keep up the great work!

hadi August 10, 2008 at 7:34 pm

Worked Perfectly, many thanks Boss!

Sameer August 23, 2008 at 4:57 am

Awesome fix man. thanks a lot it fixed the issue

keerthy October 23, 2008 at 7:45 am

Dear Sir,

Good Work you are doing i am really appreaciating your hard work with lots of Thanks.

May GOD Bless you in your way of Success I WISH YOU LOTS OF HAPPINESS AND SUCESS IN YOUR LIFE

BYE BYE Keerthy Vardhan

Mantas April 23, 2009 at 2:36 am

Thank You. This realy helped me.

jeyaraj July 1, 2009 at 5:19 pm

The above method has not succeded in my case. When i did it, it showed “the type of file is ntfs” in d e and f drives and for c drive it showed “the type of file is fat32″ I don know what it means.but still the system checks the files every time it boots.

panda February 3, 2010 at 12:16 pm

The above method has not succeded in my case. When i did it, it showed “the type of file is ntfs” ″ Pleas reply back with a suggestion. The system goes for a scandisk on drive d every time it boots.

denver January 26, 2011 at 9:44 pm

CHKNTFS.EXE /x does not fix anything, it just stops the drive from being included in boot scans. Skipping a drive scan when it has reported errors is not a good idea.

Microsoft says “The Chkntfs.exe utility … is designed to disable the automatic running of chkdsk on specific volumes, when Windows restarts from an improper shutdown. Chkntfs can also be used to unschedule a chkdsk if chkdsk /f was used to schedule a chkdsk on an active volume on the next system restart.”

Ra. January 7, 2012 at 9:57 am

Way to go, Denver!

This one is just like taking a pain killer and saying that I am all well now.

Do NOT do this.

Find the root cause and fix that!

prasanth February 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Hai when i boot my computer , after the windows logo there comes a message that Check disk program not found – skipping checkdisk and then leads to the normal welcome screen.. is there any way to avoid this message…bcoz it’s really annoying

john February 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm

when i boot my computer , after the windows logo there comes a message that autochek program not found – skipping autocheck and then leads to the normal welcome screen.. is there any way to avoid this message

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