Okay to abort Scandisk check?

  MickinPlymouthUK 14:09 28 Aug 2006

About half the time my PC refuses to shut down via the usual "shut down" click and just hangs, so I have to switch off the power.
Normally I could live with that, but the next time I boot up,the Scandisk screen auto-appears with the message "Because your PC was not shut down properly, the hard drive may have errors on it, Scandisk is now checking..", and I have to sit twiddling my thumbs for the 5 minute duration of the check, or I can hit Enter to abort it and allow bootup to begin.
My questions are therefore
1 - Is hitting Enter a good idea or should I let the check run its course?
2 - Any ideas why my PC sometimes won't shut down cleanly anyway?

  Eric10 14:47 28 Aug 2006

You haven't said what your operating system is but judging from your reference to Scandisk I will assume Windows 98 Second Edition. This was a very well known problem with this operating system and if I am right then you can get a fix by following this link. click here

  Curio 19:44 28 Aug 2006

Could be this. Worth a try. Originally from another Forum Member.

Do you mean that each time you boot normally, it performs a check on your "C" drive before booting or does it never get to the stage of booting fully?

If it is checking first and then booting, what you're experiencing is what Windows refers to as "setting the dirty bit" and you have to unset that bit. Each time Windows XP starts, autochk.exe is called by the kernel to scan all volumes and check if the volume dirty bit is set. If the dirty bit is set, autochk performs an immediate chkdsk /f on that volume. Chkdsk /f verifies file system integrity and attempts to fix any problems with the volume. It is usually caused by a hard shut down or a power loss during a read-write operation on that particular drive.

Open a Command Prompt window ("Start > Run" type CMD and click OK). At the prompt, type FSUTIL DIRTY QUERY C: and press Enter. This queries the drive, and more than likely it will tell you that it is dirty. Next, type CHKNTFS /X C: The X tells Windows NOT to check that particular drive on the next reboot. At this time, manually reboot your computer, it should not do a Chkdsk and take you directly to Windows.

Once Windows has loaded, open a Command Prompt window again and perform a Chkdsk manually by typing CHKDSK /F /R C: This should take you through 5 stages of the scan and will unset that dirty bit. Finally, type FSUTIL DIRTY QUERY C: and Windows should confirm that the dirty bit is not set on that drive.

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