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A dirty machine is the result of improper shut downs. There are ways to clean it up, but getting control of your shut down process is important.
How do I make the C drive not dirty? I'm running Windows 7, Ultimate. I found out that my drive is dirty and this is because my laptop battery always gets drained so the system was not shut down properly. I tried running CHKDSK, but it displays an error that it can't access my drive and that I need to do a System Restore. But when I tried to do a System Restore, I can't because it says something is wrong with my C drive. Is there another way to fix this?
In this excerpt from Answercast #41, I look at the errors that can occur on a computer that is not shut down properly and how to start cleaning it up.
First off, I definitely recommend against relying on System Restore for just about anything.
I'm really surprised that CHKDSK is directing you to system restore. That's normally not what happens.
What should happen, in a case like this, is that CHKDSK might tell you that it is unable to check-disk the drive because it's in use. What it will normally do in situations like that is it will ask you if would you like to schedule this check-disk to happen the next time you boot up. The correct answer in a situation like that is yes and then reboot your machine.
When your machine reboots, CHKDSK will run and fix up the dirty drive.
What a "dirty drive" means is simply what you described:
And it's caused by exactly what you described, losing power without shutting down the system properly.
Don't let the battery drain to the point where the machine shuts itself down. Definitely shut the machine down cleanly. By cleanly, I mean use the Start menu to start the shut down process. Part of that process will be to mark the drive as being clean before the power is removed from the system.
There's no other way to do that. You have to shut down the system cleanly.
Allowing this to happen, by and large, puts you at risk of actual data loss.
The problem is that the data that may not have been written to the disk could be important.
That's why you always want to make sure that you shut down your system by
using the Start menu to start the shut down process.
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