Summary: Here are the quick fixes to resolve “Windows detected a hard disk problem” issue and solution to recover data from a failing hard disk drive using Stellar Data Recovery software.
“Windows detected a hard disk problem” is one of the most frequently asked questions on several tech posts and forums. Such hard disk error in Windows always comes up with many terrible consequences. It usually happens due to file system error, virus intrusion, disk errors, etc.
IMPORTANT NOTE: A few blog post on the internet suggests disabling ‘Windows Detected a Hard Disk Problem’ error message. However, we highly recommend not to follow such guides. Disabling the error message won’t help; instead, it worsens the situation as you won’t be able to know if your hard drive is suffering from an issue. This could be disastrous as you may lose entire data due to drive failure if appropriate steps are not taken to resolve the problem quickly.
Several difficulties strike when computer reports the “Windows detected a hard disk problem” error. Below are a few examples:
You can always fix problems detected by the hard disk but first, back up your files to prevent data loss. However, in case it is too late, and your hard drive has stopped working entirely, trust Editor’s Choice Stellar Data Recovery Professional to get back the lost files.
The software comes with Drive Monitor utility. Use the inbuilt Monitor Drive option to check disk health, scan for bad sectors, and if required, clone the drive to safeguard data.
The solutions work for all hard drive whether it’s an external hard disk that detects a problem and internal hard drive suffering from any problem.
Case 1: Logical Disk Failure
Method 1: Run Disk Error Checking Utility or CHKDSK
The error checking tool checks and repairs hard disk error in Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 for FAT (FAT16/FAT32) and NTFS file systems. Follow the below mentioned steps:
Alternatively, you can run CHKDSK scan via command prompt by typing chkdsk /f /r X: where X is the drive letter. After its successful completion, restart the system. Most probably, this fixes the detected problem with the hard drive.
Method 2: Run Anti-virus Program
Sometimes the reason for the error is virus or spyware; therefore, removing the malware can potentially resolve the issue. To address this, use a reliable antivirus or anti-malware app. Then scan the drive or volume to remove the spyware or malicious content.
Case 2: System Failure/Problem
Method 1: Use System File Checker (SFC)
System File Checker is a Windows inbuilt command line tool to check system file integrity. Here are the steps to use it:
This fix is quick and efficient. The SFC scan rectifies system file integrity problems. It scans all the protected system files and replaces found corrupt or damaged system file with a backup copy from the cache.
NOTE: In some case, if the replaceable file copy is not found in the cache, the system will ask for a Windows installer or repair media to access the unavailable system file.
Method 2: Reinstall Windows
For all unresolved and re-occurring system problems, the best fix is to reinstall Windows operating system. Ensure complete system backup, and system partition has enough free space before reinstalling Windows.
The blog post highlights the possible reasons for “Windows detected a hard disk problem” error along with the result-driven solutions, and smart tips to get rid of it. But always keep in mind to take the backup of the data and if you don’t have a backup ready, use Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Windows to recover the lost and deleted data.
Isha is a technical blogger and data recovery expert. She has experience in Windows data recovery. She writes about technical tips and tutorials.