How to fix "Windows detected a hard disk problem"?

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    How to fix "Windows detected a hard disk problem"?

    Overview of the problem




    This is one of the frequently asked questions online and it may happen to anyone of us. If your computer is running Windows with the version which is after Windows XP, then you might come across an error message "Windows deleted a hard disk problem" (see picture below) suggesting to backup files immediately to prevent information loss and then contact the computer manufacturer to determine if you need to repair or replace the disk.
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    This is because hard drive has problem or computer gets other severe errors such as Windows becomes corrupted, operating system slows down or even crashes and freezes. What's more, it's really annoying to get this error as it reports continuously after every 5 or ten minutes. In many cases, this error message is the omen of hard disk falling, system crash, file loss, etc. It's necessary to attach importance to the issue and find out reasons and solutions. This article is going to make a thorough analysis of the problem and come up with solutions. So keep reading.
    How to fix the "Windows detected a hard dive problem"​
    It's hard to tell the reason simply judging from the error message. It is not necessary hard disk gets damaged, and system or partition problem also causes the problem. Thus here lists several solutions aiming at different causes and you can try them one by one.​
    Solution 1: Use system file checker​
    Windows provides basic tools to help fix errors, which is not known to many common users. Many problems appearing serious can be fixed by this simple tool and it's not complicate to use. Users have no idea which system file is vital and whether it is damaged. System File Checker will check system file and handle integrity issue.​
    Click start button and enter cmd in the searching box. Then right click it and select the item "Run as administrator"​
    In the command prompt type sfc /scannow and press Enter key.​
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    The process is fast and the result will tell whether there is interiority violation. This command scans all protected system files and replaces those corrupted files with a backup copy. Do not close the window before the verification is 100% complete.​
    Solution 2: Do a ChkDsk​
    The most important thing to solve any problem is keeping calm. If the first method doesn't work on your case, then you can perform a ChkDsk.​
    Still, we need to get the Command Prompt, then enter partition drive letter (c:/d:/e: and so on) you want to chkdsk. If you want to test the default partition, then just leave it as it is.​
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    Type "chkdsk" and press "Enter" key. Then ChkDsk begins working.​
    The main function of chkdsk is checking and repairing errors for NTFS and FAT file systems. Thus, if the error "Windows detected a hard disk problem" is caused by file system error, then the issue will be fixed after chkdsk. You'll get a better understanding of what is going on with file system or hard disk.​
    The risk of performing chkdsk is losing data, as the file allocation table will be modified during the process. Thus it's recommended to backup data before trying the command.​
    Solution 3: Check bad sectors for hard disk​
    The first method is testing and repairing system error and the second file system problem. If there is no problem with system or partition file system, then you need to test hard drive health condition. Bad sectors may happen to all hard drive and threat data security. How to check bad sectors?​


    PartitionGuru is free partition manager, file recovery tool and system backup software. It includes the function for bad sector checking and repairing. This is third-party tool and you need to download and install it first.​


    Launch the program and you can see hard drives and partitions clearly displayed on the main interface with detailed information. Click menu item "Disk" and click "Verity or Repair Bad Sectors".
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    The checking process may take a while if the drive or partition being scanned has large capacity. After the process is done, PartitionGuru gives a report of bad sector conditions.

    Bad sector repairing damages data stored on and near bad sectors, thus you need to backup important data before starting repairing. The limitation of this feature is that it is unable to repair physical bad sectors.

    Solution 4: Contact hard disk support or find a professional repair center

    The last thing we want is sending hard drive to repair center or contact support team. Disk repairing needs special machines and some damaged disks can't be repaired. It's suggested to contact support team if the drive is within the warranty period.

    How to disable the feature that reports error message
    The error message pops up when system deems your hard drive has problem and reminds you to backup data. But there are real cases that hard drive has no problem but Windows just reports the message. So the message will be annoying and we can disable the feature with following steps:

    Step 1
    Get Run window from Start menu and type in gpedit.msc​

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    Step 2
    Click "Ok" or hit Enter key and you'll get a new window where you can find Disk Diagnostics: Administrative Templates > System > Troubleshooting and Diagnostics > Disk Diagnostics​


    Step 3
    Click "Disc Diagnostic: Configure execution level" on the right part and a configuration menu will pop up. Modify the execution level to Disable and click "Apply" and "OK". Then restart computer the error message won't popup.​

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    These steps keep Windows from reporting the message only but it can't repair or fix hard disk or system error. So please make sure your hard drive is indeed in good health.

    What to do when computer reports "Windows detected a hard disk problem"
    Potential hard disk or system failure may cause serious file loss problem, for instance, your installed program, documents, photos, movies, songs, email and other personal information will lose. Therefore, it is highly advised to make backup copy for important data once your Windows detects a hard disk problem.

    It's easy to backup data from one drive to another or from partition to partition. Simply, the Copy and Paste operation can backup most data except Windows. PartitionGuru provides flexible and overall backup solutions and all solutions are free of charge. It allows you to backup any partition including system partition to an image file, clone partition or entire hard drive to another, etc. This backup tool offers three modes for each cloning or imaging feature, for example, it's able to copy partition or drive sector by sector, which means sectors of the target partition or drive are the same with the original one. Here is a guide of cloning / copying hard drive.

    First and foremost, you need to prepare a hard drive whose capacity shouldn't be smaller than the disk to be cloned. Then install PartitionGuru and launch it.

    Step 1
    Click menu item "Tools" and select "Clone Disk".​

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    Step 1
    On the popup window select source disk and target disk and clone mode. Click "Start" button and disk copy starts.​

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    PartitionGuru supports file system used by Windows only for the moment, but it's able to clone hard drives with other file systems such as HFS. The backup module "Copy all sectors" can be used to backup drive with any kind of file system formats. The clone speed mainly counts on disk's speed, clone mode you choose and the amount of data to be cloned.


     





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    thanks for the info...
     


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    Thanks for the info
     


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