Error 0x80071AC3, Volume is dirty error message – CHKDSK on Windows

One of the CHKDSK errors is the Volume is a dirty error message. It refers to the fact that the CHKDSK operation on your computer did not go through dues to potential corruption of hard drive’s sectors, data corruption including the system files, malware attack, abnormal installation of software that left residual files and folders and more. The error states:

An unexpected error is keeing you from copying the folder. If you continue to receive this error, you cna use the error code to search for help with this problem.

Error 0x80071AC3: The operation could not be completed because the volume is dirty. Please run chkdsk and try again.

Volume is dirty error message - CHKDSK

Volume is dirty error message – CHKDSK

Some of the effective methods to troubleshoot the Volume is dirty error message on Windows 10:

  1. Use Check disk utility for boot time scan
  2. Check if a particular volume is dirty and exclude it.

1] Use Check disk utility for boot time scan

Open Command Prompt with Admin level rights.

Execute the following command to test the whole partition for errors:

chkdsk /r /f <PARTITION LETTER>

After it has done processing all the background tasks, the error should be fixed now.

2] Check if a particular volume is dirty and exclude it

Open the Windows Command Prompt command line with Administrator rights.

Execute this command to check if a particular partition is dirty or not:

fsutil dirty query <PARTITION LETTER>

The output of this command will be either of the following:

  • Volume <PARTITION LETTER> is dirty.
  • Volume <PARTITION LETTER> is not dirty.

If you find a particular volume dirty, you can skip checking for errors on it by entering the following command:


This is a workaround actually and will only make the error message go away

You do need to repair the filesystem on your hard drive using CHKDSK or any other disk error fixing software.

These links may also interest you:

  1. CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives
  2. Windows detected a hard disk problem
  3. How to reduce ChkDsk countdown time.
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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.

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