Solving the CHKDSK “The Volume Bitmap is Incorrect” error

Many users complain about the “The Volume Bitmap Is Incorrect” error message when performing a CHKDSK scan. The bitmap is a single file in the NTFS file system, usually responsible for keeping track of all used and unused clusters on an NTFS volume. So, if you are one of those users facing the same problem, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some of the best, step-by-step methods you can use to solve the problem in no time.

What is the cause of the “The Volume Bitmap is incorrect” error?

What is the cause of the "The Volume Bitmap is incorrect" error?

We’ve researched this particular problem by looking at various user reviews and repair strategies that are commonly used to solve this particular problem. But it turns out that this problem occurs in several different scenarios. Here’s a list of potential culprits:

The command does not restore the bitmap volume – Although “chkdsk.exe /scan” is the most popular way to run the CHKDSK utility, it is also the most likely cause causing this specific error. Keep in mind that this scan skips several controls, including the volume bitmap. Thus, the utility will report the problem, but it will not solve it unless you run a standalone operation without the “/scan” flag.

Third-party intervention – It turns out that this problem can also be caused by the third-party intervention. Disk partitioning programs such as Acronis and Partition Manager have been known to cause this behavior because they leave a background service that interferes with CHKDSK. If this scenario applies, you can solve the problem either by running the CHKDSK command in safe mode or by uninstalling the disk partitioning application before running the scan.

Damaged system files – Judging by the number of user reports, this problem may also be caused by some kind of corruption of the system file folders.
In this case, the problem (if the corruption is not severe) can be solved by running a set of built-in utilities designed to deal with corrupt operating system files and logical errors (DISM and SFC).

Damaged MTF and BitMap files – It is also possible that your machine has a problem with corrupted system files that cannot be fixed in the usual way. In this case, the solution, which does not affect your files, is to perform an onsite repair installation.

The player has been cloned before – There is also a specific scenario that causes this error, even if the files on your operating system are not corrupted.  If you have already cloned the drive, it is possible that the MTF and BitMap data was corrupted during this process. In this case, the repair shop will not work because the corrupted data will be transferred. The only solution, in this case, is a new installation.

If you are currently looking for ways to solve this problem, you will find several guides on how to do so in this article. Below is a set of methods recommended by other users in the same scenario.

For best results, we recommend that you follow the methods below in the order in which we have presented them, as we have categorized them by effectiveness and rigor. In the end, you will come up with a solution that will suggest a suitable repair strategy (regardless of the cause of the problem).

How to fix the “Volume Bitmap is Incorrect” in windows 10?

How to fix the "Volume Bitmap is Incorrect" in windows 10?

Perform a scan in safe mode.

The first solution to fix Volume Bitmap is to run a scan in safe mode.

Here’s a guide.

  1. Press the Windows key and the I key together to open Options, click Refresh and Security, click Restore, then select Reboot Now under Advanced Start to continue.
  2. In the pop-up window, select Troubleshooting -> Advanced Settings -> Startup Settings to continue. Next, you must press F4 to start your computer in Safe Mode.
  3. After starting your computer in safe mode, open a command prompt and run the chkdsk command again to see if the bitmap volume problem was solved incorrectly.

If this solution is not effective, you can try the following solutions.

Check the volume of this PC.

If you still encounter Windows 10 raster error while running the disk check command, you can check the disk in another way.

  1. Double-click File Explorer, then select this PC to continue.
  2. Select the disk you want to check and right-click it to select properties.
  3. In the pop-up window, click the Tools tab and select Check to continue.

Then you can follow the wizard to continue. Once all processes are complete, you have successfully checked your hard drive or floppy drive.

Using a third-party tool

In addition to the methods we mentioned above, you can also run third-party software to check your hard drive to avoid the “Volume Bitmap is incorrect” error.

Therefore, professional third-party partition management software would be a good choice. It can help you check your hard drive and manage your disk and drive with its powerful features.

Here is a detailed guide.

  1. Install the third-party program and run it.
  2. Select the drive you want to check and select Check File System to continue.
  3. In the pop-up window, select Check and fix found errors and click Start to continue.

The hard disk scan will start the next time your computer reboots. A third-party program will help you check and fix the detected error.

Run the system file checker and the DISM tool.

Windows 10 “Volume Bitmap is incorrect” error may be caused by corrupted system files. To fix Windows 10 bitmap error, you can run System File Checker and DISM tool to scan and fix corrupted system files.

Well, here’s a guide.

1.) Type command line into the Windows search box and choose the most appropriate one, then right-click it and select Run as administrator to continue.
2.) Enter the command sfc /scannow and press Enter to continue.
3.) If this command does not work, you can enter the following additional commands and press Enter to continue.

Dism.exe /online /clean-image /scanhealth
Dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth recovery

When all steps have been completed, restart your computer and run the chkdsk command again to see if the “Volume Bitmap is wrong” problem is resolved.

Frequently Asked Questions

Press Ctrl+Shift+Enter. A command-line menu opens on the desktop. In the command line menu, the scan operation may result in a "Loud Bitmap is incorrect" error. If the scan operation was performed without problems, reboot the PC.

What is a "Volume Bitmap"? Volume Bitmap is a special file on your NTFS file system. This file is responsible for keeping track of all used and unused clusters on an NTFS volume.

The main function of chkdsk is to scan the volume's file system (NTFS, FAT32) and check the integrity of the file system, including file system metadata, and correct any file system logic errors it finds. If desired, it is recommended that you run chkdsk as part of normal maintenance.

The Check Disk utility, also known as chkdsk (since that is the command you run it with), scans your entire hard disk and solves problems. The main function of chkdsk is to check the integrity of the file system and file system metadata on the disk and to fix any logical file system errors it finds.