Sometimes, Windows users encounter "Error 0x80071AC3 Volume is dirty error message CHKDSK" while trying to copy a folder or a file.
Here at Outsource Path, we regularly help our Customers to resolve Windows related errors as part of our Technical support Services.
In this context, we shall look into the steps to fix this error.
What triggers Windows Error 0x80071AC3, Volume is dirty error message – CHKDSK ?
This is a CHKDSK error which comes as a "Volume is dirty" error message with error code 0x80071AC3 indicating that the CHKDSK operation on your computer did not go through due to some corrupted sector of your hard drive, data corruption, corrupted system files, malware infection, as well as improper installation of application that left some residual folders and files and so on.
How to fix Windows Error 0x80071AC3, Volume is dirty error message – CHKDSK ?
1. Run the Check Disk utility
You can also run the Check Disk utility to fix the error when you connect your USB or external device.
i. In the Windows Search box, type “command prompt” and from the search results, right click on Command Prompt and select “Run as administrator”.
ii. After opening Command Prompt, type this command and Execute:
chkdsk /r /f <PARTITION LETTER>
iii. The command you entered will start to check for errors and fix them automatically. Else, it will throw an error message saying, “Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Would you like the schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)”.
iv. Tap the Y key to schedule Disk Check the next time your computer restarts.
2. Try to check if a particular volume is dirty and exclude it
The next thing you can do to fix the problem is to check if the particular volume is dirty and exclude it.
To do so, follow these steps:
i. In the Start Search, type “command prompt” in the field and right click on Command Prompt from the search results and then select the “Run as administrator” option.
ii. After opening Command Prompt with admin privileges, execute this command:
fsutil dirty query <PARTITION LETTER>
iii. After that, you will see either of the following result of the command you just executed:
a. “Volume <PARTITION LETTER> is dirty”
b. “Volume <PARTITION LETTER> is not dirty”
iv. If you see the “Volume <PARTITION LETTER> is dirty” message, then you can just skip checking the drive for errors by executing this command:
CHKNTFS /X <PARTITION LETTER>
3. Try to format the destination drive
If the first two options above didn’t work, then you might want to try formatting the drive can also help you resolve the error.
To format it, follow these steps:
i. To get started formatting your drive, tap the Win + E keys and then go the access page of the drive.
ii. Next, right click on the drive and select Format.
iii. After that, uncheck the “Quick Format” option and then format your drive properly.
iv. Now once the formatting process is finished, unplug the drive and plug it back in afterwards.
v. Check if the error is already fixed. If the drive is not initialized, tap the Win + R keys and hit Enter.
vi. After opening the Run dialog box, type “diskmgmt.msc” and hit Enter to open Disk Management.
vii. From there, right click on the drive volume and select initialize Disk.
viii. Next, select the correct partition type and proceed.