1. click on your start menu and open the run dialog.
2. type "cmd" and return (note: dont enter quotes)
3. Next type "fsutil dirty query c:"
4. If the return message indicates that the volume is dirty go to step 5
5. Next type "chkdsk c: /f /x"
6. After that finshes repeat step 3.
7. If it is no longer dirty then reboot and you should notice no more
ok, i did all you said and it came back with:
Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process, would you like to shedule this volume to be checked next time the system starts (Y/N) i ticked NO..
Steve, have you got a recent Back-up of any important files ?
Worst case scenario is that your hard disk is having problems causing corrupt files.
Certainly if you let CHKDSK run its course and it repeats, it may indicate that faults are occurring on a regular basis.
right then ticked yes and away it went, it found a corrupt file and at the end of its search it began to recover an orphaned file, i let the screen with a gazillion files on whooshed through and kept going for a full 20 mins and was still going, by this time i wasn't sure if it was correct so i stopped it.
How long should it take to recover the file??
It can take a while, best to let it run overnight and go to sleep. Should be fine in the morning. Make backups of any important files first but be aware that they may be suspect as your drive is showing signs of corruption, so until verified everything is suspect.