An NTFS volume is flagged as dirty after each restart, and CHKDSK can find no issues in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

Symptoms

Consider the following scenario:

  • You have an NTFS volume that is flagged as dirty in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2. For example, you receive the following error message for the volume:

    There's a problem with this drive. Scan the drive now and fix it.


  • You run the Check Disk Tool (CHKDSK) to fix the drive. However, no issues are found.

  • Immediately after CHKDSK is finished, the volume is reported as "Clean."

  • You restart the system. Or, you unmount and then remount the volume.


In this scenario, the volume is reported as "Online Scan Needed," and Windows runs CHKDSK again.

Note This problem occurs every time that you restart the system or unmount and then remount the volume.

Resolution

To resolve this issue, we have released hotfixes and updates for Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2.

The update rollup fixes many other issues in addition to the issue that the hotfix fixes. We recommend that you use the update rollup. The update rollup is larger than the hotfix. Therefore, the update rollup takes longer to download.

Update for Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2

The following update rollup is available.

Get update rollup 2995388

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft Support. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, go to the following Microsoft website:

http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=supportNote The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

To apply this update, you must first have update 2919355 installed in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any previously released hotfix.

The English (United States) version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.

Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 file information and notesImportant Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, only "Windows 8.1" is listed on the Hotfix Request page. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows 8.1" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.

  • The files that apply to a specific product, milestone (RTM,SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table.

    Version

    Product

    Milestone

    Service branch

    6.3.960 0.17 xxx

    Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

    RTM

    GDR

  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2" section. MUM and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.

For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 8.1

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Untfs.dll

6.3.9600.17276

485,376

02-Aug-2014

00:35

x86

For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Untfs.dll

6.3.9600.17276

485,376

02-Aug-2014

00:35

x86

For all supported ARM-based versions of Windows 8.1

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Untfs.dll

6.3.9600.17276

430,592

02-Aug-2014

00:19

Not applicable

Additional file information for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 8.1

File name

X86_42d1cb2ca7bc5648be2d46f178d82b97_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17276_none_e2b247a27d9d0a8c.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

716

Date (UTC)

02-Aug-2014

Time (UTC)

15:01

SHA-1 hash

Not applicable

MD5 hash

Not applicable

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-f..mutilityntfslibrary_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17276_none_937034260f7cf356.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

2,205

Date (UTC)

02-Aug-2014

Time (UTC)

02:32

SHA-1 hash

Not applicable

MD5 hash

Not applicable

Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

File name

Amd64_42d1cb2ca7bc5648be2d46f178d82b97_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17276_none_3ed0e32635fa7bc2.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

718

Date (UTC)

02-Aug-2014

Time (UTC)

14:44

SHA-1 hash

Not applicable

MD5 hash

Not applicable

File name

Amd64_e147ab9cd3e1abb3540255c6e8cde0a0_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17276_none_b3575eb9184eafd1.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

720

Date (UTC)

02-Aug-2014

Time (UTC)

14:44

SHA-1 hash

Not applicable

MD5 hash

Not applicable

File name

Amd64_microsoft-windows-f..mutilityntfslibrary_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17276_none_ef8ecfa9c7da648c.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

2,207

Date (UTC)

02-Aug-2014

Time (UTC)

03:17

SHA-1 hash

Not applicable

MD5 hash

Not applicable

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-f..mutilityntfslibrary_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17276_none_937034260f7cf356.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

2,205

Date (UTC)

02-Aug-2014

Time (UTC)

02:32

SHA-1 hash

Not applicable

MD5 hash

Not applicable

Additional files for all supported ARM-based versions of Windows 8.1

File name

Arm_e3284a1aca05c1558b4838ca802a4318_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17276_none_4bb7baf8cbf0670e.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

716

Date (UTC)

02-Aug-2014

Time (UTC)

15:15

SHA-1 hash

Not applicable

MD5 hash

Not applicable

File name

Arm_microsoft-windows-f..mutilityntfslibrary_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17276_none_9372a67e0f7a121c.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

2,205

Date (UTC)

02-Aug-2014

Time (UTC)

01:35

SHA-1 hash

Not applicable

MD5 hash

Not applicable


Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

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