So you got the following error message: “Windows detected a hard disk problem”. What does it mean and what can you do to solve it?
After receiving this message, there are a few things you can expect. First of all, you should be aware of the fact that your hard drive is failing and you could lose it at any time.
This means you will no longer have access to all of your data, the programs, documents, videos, music, and photos you have stored there. your computer may freeze and stop responding with increasing frequency.
Finally, your system files may eventually become corrupted and thus unbootable.
This sounds pretty terrible, so what should you do when you encounter this error?
– First, check which drive partition (C:, D: etc.) is failing. No need to concentrate on more than that one.
– Do a “CHKDSK” (“check disk”) by first holding down [Windows Key] + R at the same time to get the Run window.
– Next, type “cmd” to go to Command Prompt. Once there, type the drive letter (C:, D: etc.) you want to chkdsk. If you don’t select the drive, the system will test the default drive partition.
– Now type “chkdsk” and hit Enter.
– Windows will scan your hard drive for errors and hopefully provide some useful information regarding the state of the hard disk, like, for instance, like how many bad sectors there are).
If you want to scan your entire hard disk for errors and allow Windows to automatically fix system errors and bad sectors, you should do the following:
– Go to Start, then My Computer and select the drive letter you want to check disk
– Right-click on it, select properties and then Tools.
– Check the ‘Scan for an attempt recovery of bad sectors’ and click Start.
– If you’ve chosen the drive which includes your Windows operating system, you will be asked to reschedule the scan after restarting.
The “chkdsk” command might be enough to fix the error because it marks the bad sectors and refrains from using them. If, however, the error keeps appearing, your hard drive might be in more serious trouble and should probably try something else.
What to do if the “chkdsk” command isn’t enough to solve the “Windows detected a hard disk problem” error?
Firstly, back up all your important data. You could do this on those drive partitions which aren’t reporting any failures. If, however, your entire hard disk is affected, you will have to another one as a backup.
After you’ve done that, you should try reformatting your hard drive using another computer. To do that, right-click on your hard disk, then select ‘Format’, uncheck the ‘Quick format’, and click Start.
This process may take a while, but be patient – it could the solution to your problem.
Now that you’re done reformatting the hard disk, you should test it by re-installing your operating system and checking to see if the error still appears. Usually, either performing a chkdsk or reformatting should do the trick.