The Operation Could Not Be Completed Because The Volume Is Dirty


The Volume Is Dirty error appears on Windows operating system while transferring data to an external drive, typically a USB Flash Drive, External Hard Drive, Solid State Storage Device (SSD) or an SD Memory Card.

Error 0x80071ac3: The operation could not be completed because the volume is dirty. Please run chkdsk and try again.

Download the Diagnostic

There are certain situations when missing entries in your registry and registry corruption causes this problem. Try running a registry scan to identify if there are any such issues.

  1. Click the button below to download and install the Diagnostic
  2. Perform a Registry scan and fix any problems detected.
  3. Restart your computer.

Estimated Download Time: 10 Seconds

Perform Disk Checkup

This issue can directly result from a failing external drive.

To check if this is the case of a disk sectoral issue, you might want to scan your external drive for consistency. Here’s how:

For Windows 10:

1.Double-click This PC icon on your Desktop.

Desktop Icon

2. Right-click on your external drive, select Properties.

USB Flash Drive

3. Click the Tools tab, select Check.

Error Checking

4. When you’re asked to confirm, hit Repair Drive.

Confirmation Prompt

For Windows 8.1/ 8:

  1. Press Windows Key + C key combinations simultaneous.
  2. Click the Search icon on the Charms Bar.
  3. Type CMD
  4. Right-click Command Prompt from the Search Results and select Run as Administrator.
  5. Type the command given below and hit ENTER. Replace X: with the actual external drive letter.
    • chkdsk X: /r

For Windows 7/ Vista/ XP:

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click All Programs, followed by Accessories.
  3. Select Command Prompt.
  4. Type the following command. Be sure to change X: with the actual drive letter of your external drive.
    • chkdsk X: /r

Disable ReadyBoost

ReadyBoost is a Windows feature that improves computer performance by using empty storage space from the external USB drive.

Interestingly enough, things may go wrong during the caching process.

So what can you do to fix Volume Is Dirty error?

Turn the ReadyBoost feature off.

For Windows 10/ 8.1/ 8/ 7/ Vista:

1.Double-click This PC, Computer or My Computer icon depending on your OS version.

2. Right-click your USB flash drive icon, select Properties.

3. Click the ReadyBoost tab.

ReadyBoost Feature

4. Mark Do not use this device and hit OK.

Note: The ReadyBoost feature is not included with the Windows XP operating system.

Check For Administrative Privileges

Here’s another scenario…

If you‘re trying to copy files to a certain folder on the external drive, that folder may not have sufficient permissions.

One way to fix this issue is to provide adequate security privileges.

For Windows 10/ 8.1/ 8/ 7/ Vista/ XP:

1.Right-click the target folder on your USB flash drive, external hard drive, SSD or SD Card.

2. Select Properties.

3. Click the Security tab in the newly opened dialog.

4. Click on Edit.

Folder Security Permissions

5. Check the Allow box next to the option Full Control.

6. Click OK twice to get rid of the error message The operation could not be completed because the volume is dirty.

Format Your External Drive

If the problem continues to occur, format your external drive.

Just be careful!

All the data on your drive will be wiped out. Do this only if you can afford to lose your data.

For Windows 10/ 8.1/ 8/ 7/ Vista/ XP:

1.Right-click your USB flash drive, external hard drive, SSD or SD card.

2. Select Format.

Format Drive

3. Un-tick the option Quick Format.

4. Click Start.


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