Last week some of our readers had an error code with hard drive issues in Windows 7. This issue can occur for several reasons. We’ll cover them below.
- Use the System File Checker tool to fix the hard drive error. Type: cmd into the search bar and press Enter.
- Run CHKDSK to fix the hard drive problem.
- Use your partition manager software to check and fix hard drive / disk errors.
Your computer displays the error “Windows has detected a problem with your hard drive.” Do not worry. You can fix this. In this article, you will learn how to find and fix the error.
Read on to find out how …
- How to fix Windows hard drive error
- How to troubleshoot hard disk drive issue from Windows command prompt
What Chkdsk does (and when to use it)
Check Disk, also known as chkdsk (because that’s the command you run it with), scans your entire hard drive to find and fix problems. It’s not a particularly interesting tool – and it may take a while to get started – but it can actually help prevent more serious problems and long-term data loss. Chkdsk performs several functions depending on how it is launched:
- The main function of Chkdsk is to analyze the integrity of the file system and file system metadata on the disk and fix any logical file system errors it finds. Such errors may include corruptedMFT entries, incorrect security descriptors for files, or even mismatched timestamps or file size information for individual files.
- Chkdsk can also scan all sectors on a disk for bad sectors. There are two types of bad sectors: soft bad sectors, which can occur when data is written incorrectly, and hard bad sectors, which can occur due to physical damage to the hard drive. Chkdsk tries to solve these problems by repairing bad sectors and marking bad sectors so they are no longer used.
This may sound very technical, but don’t worry: you don’t need to understand how it works to know when to run it.
We recommend running chkdsk every few months as part of S.M.A.R.T.’s scheduled maintenance. A tool for readers who support it. You should also consider starting it whenever Windows crashes, such as after a power failure or system crash. Sometimes Windows a It automatically launches a scan at startup, but in most cases you will have to do it yourself. Even if you’re just having weird problems with apps not loading or crashing that you can’t fix otherwise, it’s advised to check your hard drive.
For example: Â I’m having an issue where Outlook suddenly crashes into me shortly after loading. After numerous bug fixes, the chkdsk scan showed that I had bad sectors where my Outlook data file was stored. Fortunately, in my case, chkdsk was able to restore the sectors, and after that everything was back to normal.
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When chkdsk detects problems, especially hard and bad sectors that cannot be fixed, the data may become unusable. This is unlikely, but it can happen. For this reason, you should always make sure that you have a good backup procedure, and back upyour pc before running chkdsk.
The chkdsk tool works roughly the same on all versions of Windows. This article is for Windows 10, so the screens may be slightly different if you’re using Windows 7 or 8, but chkdsk works the same way and we’ll show you where the procedures differ. We’ll also talk about running it from the command line if you can’t even start Windows.
Solution For Recovering Data From A Failed Hard Drive
You can still fix the problems detected by the hard drive. But first, back up your files to avoid data loss. However, if it is too late and your hard drive stops working, entrust the choice of Stellar Data Recovery Professional to recover your lost files.
The software comes with the Drive Monitor utility. Use the built-in Monitor Drive option to check the health of your hard drive, find bad sectors and clone the drive as needed to protect your data.
Follow The Troubleshooting Solutions Below To Quickly Resolve The Issue.Windows Hard Drive Problem.
The solutions work for all hard drives, be it the external hard drive detecting the problem or the internal hard drive experiencing the problem.
Case 1: hard disk logical error
Method 1. Run Disk Failure Checker or CHKDSK utility
Error Checker checks and fixes hard drive errors in Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 for FAT (FAT16 / FAT32) and NTFS file systems. Follow these steps:
- Close all open applications.
- Open File Explorer by fully pressing Win E.
- Right-click the appropriate drive and open Properties.
- In the Properties window, click the Tools tab, then select the Check option listed in the Error Checking column.
- Click the Scan Disk option.
You can also run a CHKDSK scan from the command line by typing chkdsk / f / r X :, where X is the drive letter. When finished, reboot the system. This will most likely fix the detected hard drive issue.
Method 2: run antivirus
Sometimes the reason for the crashis a virus or spyware. Hence, removing the malware might fix the problem. To do this, use a reliable antivirus or anti-malware application. Then scan the disk or volume to remove spyware or malicious content.
Case 2: system error / problem
Method 1: Use the System File Checker (SFC)
System File Checker is a command line tool built into Windows for checking the integrity of system files. Here are the steps to use it:
- Go to the Start button.
- Enter cmd in the search bar.
- Right-click and select the Run as administrator option.
- At the command line, enter sfc / scannow.
- Press Enter.
This fix is fast and efficient. SFC scan resolves system file integrity issues. It scans all protected system files and replaces any damaged or corrupted system files with a backup cache.
NOTE. In some cases, the system will prompt the program forWindows startup or recovery media to access an inaccessible system file if a removable copy of the file is not found in the cache.
Method 2. Reinstall Windows
In the event of all unresolved and recurring system problems, it is best to reinstall the Windows operating system. Before reinstalling Windows, make sure there is enough free space in the full system backup and system partition.