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The operation could not be completed because the volume is dirty: Solved

The operation could not be completed because the volume is dirty

Unexpected Windows shutdown may cause to hard disc problems. One of such problems is Error 0x80071AC3. If you received this error, you cannot do any hard drive operations like copy, past, cut, delete etc.

When you try such operations you will get an error message like this:
An unexpected error is keeping you from copying the file. If you continue to receive this error, you can 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.
Hard disc dirty issue

To solve this issue, you need to run ‘check disk’ activity. [Restarting of computer will not solve this problem].

Ø Open your computer (My computer: Win key + E).
Ø Right click on affected volume (Example drive D) and take ‘Properties’.
Ø Go to ‘Tools’ tab.
Ø First tool is to ‘Error-checking’. Click on ‘Check now’ button.

Error 0x80071AC3 hard disc problem

Ø From given small window, click on ‘Start’ button to start scan. (Ensure ‘Automatically fix file system errors’ option is checked).
Unexpected Windows shutdown may cause to hard disc problems

Ø If you check ‘Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors’ you might wait much time to complete scanning. If scanning without this option is not solving your errors, recheck drive after checking (tick) this option.
Ø Sometimes you will get a message with ‘Windows can’t check the disk while it’s use’. Here you have to close all things related to this drive. Or click on ‘Force a dismount’.
Ø You may need to wait some minutes to complete checking according to your drive capacity.
After successful checking and fixing, you will get a confirmation message of scanning and fixing drive errors.
Ø Now you are free from Error 0x80071AC3.
Ø This is the common method to solve this error in Windows XP, Window Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.


  1. Worked with me.. thanks

  2. Did not work. Can anyone help me with this. Device is a 64 GB Kinston micro sd.

  3. Its work well. But I will get the error again and again while copying files into the disk and getting bad sound while working HDD.

    1. Unexpected shutdown is the main reason of this problem. So avoid unexpected shutdown using long pressing of power button or power irruption. Shutdown windows using normal shutdown option.

      Bad sound means the physical error of your HDD. You may go to a authorized Hard disc repair center.

  4. hello I still get the error when I try to copy and paste. The format I have on my drive is exfat and not NTFS Im not sure if thats whats causing is please advise. JR

  5. Thanks for your help. It worked :)

  6. How long does this process take? My external hard drive is 250gb & has been running for hours !! doesn't seem like anything is happening !!

    1. It takes 10 mins maximum. If your external hard drive is face this error. I think, it may be physical error of your hard disc. I suggest to repair hard disc physically from a hardware repairing shop.

  7. we appreciate wat u doing man. keep it up

  8. now the drive fails to be recognized...

    1. I think that is due to physical error of your drive, if it external, check connecting cable. If your drive is one of the drives from internal hard disc, then try to delete the drive as a last option.

  9. Everything works perfectly fine now! Thanks!

  10. Me funciono, muchas gracias

  11. man, god bless you. worked perfectly fine for me.

  12. hey, it really worked fine.
    i had a volume dirty problem and the mouse also showed a loading sign(always) after i installed refog keylogger and again uninstalled it......
    then i tried your method and all the problems i faced is now gone .
    thanks to you man! :)

  13. Thank you, have a great day =) .

  14. thanks you so much its working friend'

  15. thanks u so much friend it working





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