How to Fix Error 0X80071AC3: Volume Is Dirty

Error 0x80071AC3 often comes up when someone tries connecting an external hardware to Windows 7, 8 or 10. The error can come up when one tries to connect an external device like hard disk or USB stick. The error is causes by ReadyBoost feature and it can lead to conflicting issues in the system and cause system errors. The error can also occur when the operating system is unable to access files and other data due to bad sectors on the hard disk. The error will be followed with the message, ‘Volume is dirty’. Here are ways you can fix this issue.
DIY Solutions For Error Code 0X80071AC3

Solution 1: Check Disk To Fix Error 0x80071ac3

Try to fix the issue with disk tool. This tool can identify and fix any system errors and can fix the error code. It can also fix the bad sectors on the hard disk or external drives.
1. Open ‘My Computer’ and right click on the local C drive. You can also click on the disk drive that is causing the error
2. Right click and select ‘Properties’
3. Select Tools tab and then click on ‘Check
4. Click to scan the drive on the next Window
5. For a more Extensive Scan, use ‘Total System Care Tool’.
6. Check if the error is resolved.

Solution 2: Disable Readyboost

If the first solution doesn’t fix the error code, try to disable the ReadyBoost Disk Caching feature. Here is how to do it:
1. Open ‘My Computer’
2. Right click on the external USB flash drive and select ‘Properties’
3. Click on ‘ReadyBoost’ tab and then select the option, ‘Do not use this device’ and accept changes.

Solution 3: Reinstall The External Drive Drivers

With the help of the Device Manager, reinstall the drivers. Here is how to go about it:
1. Press Win + X and select Device Manager
2. Expand the top part of new Window that opens
3. Right click on the external hard disk or USB flash disk and choose uninstall option
4. Restart the computer and open ‘Device Manager’ as per the above steps
5. Check if the error code is resolved

Solution 4: Allow For Writing To The Drive From The Registry

1. Press Win + R to open the run Window
2. Type ‘RegEdit’ and click ‘OK’
3. Once a new window opwns, locate the subkey, ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies” Double click on the option named “WriteProtect’
4. It will open a new window with the String Value dialog. If the current value is 1, then writing to the drive is disabled. Replace the value with 0
5. Accept the changes and check if the error has been fixed.

Solution 5: Command Prompt To Fix Error 0X80071AC3

If you are unable to copy files from bad clusters due to old or faulty external drive or USB device, then try this solution.
1. Right click on Windows icon on the lower side of the desktop
2. Select Command Prompt with Admin access
3. Type, ‘chkdsk x: /B’. The B switch is used to force the check disk to re-evaluate the faulty clusters and repair them.
4. Once the process is complete, check if the error is fixed.