Short DST Failed! How to Fix Hard Disk DST Short Test Failed

Jean updated on Jan 15, 2021 to Computer Instruction | How-to Articles

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When a hard disk short DST check fails, it usually means your hard drive has encountered one of the tested components. If the BIOS gives you a short DST failed error message, it's a sign that your hard drive no longer works properly.

3 Best Ways to Fix DST Short Test Failed (Quick Navigation)

You can fix the DST short test failed error with the three fixes below:

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Update the HDD Driver Right-click This PC > click "Manage". On the left side, click "Device Manager"...Full steps
Fix 2. Replace the HDD Open EaseUS Partition Master. Right-click the disk that you want to copy or clone...Full steps
Fix 3. Take Out the Disk Take out the disk and connect it to another computer. If the hard drive can be recognized...Full steps

What Is Hard Disk DST Short Test Failure

What is a short DST failure? Drive self-test (DST) is a test of the physical integrity of a hard drive. Many laptop manufacturers such as HP and Dell are shipped with hard drives integrated with DST short test support, which runs on the drive whenever the computer is trying to boot Windows up. You won't notice the test running until something went wrong with the hard drive, which generates the error showing DST short test failed with a specific error code, like the most frequent ones, 0141, 0142, 0146, etc.

It's not a good sign to see DST short test failed error on your laptops or notebooks, especially those of the HP brand. Next, we're going to explain the symptoms and consequences are accompanying the failure.

Symptoms of Hard Drive Short DST Check Failed Error

Let's begin to learn what DST short test failure looks like:

"I did a diagnostic on my hard drive that won't boot these days properly, and found that DST short test failed along with a suggested solution: error code 0142, error code 2000-0142, hard drive 0 - self test unsuccessful. Status 79. I have a screenshot of the exact error information."

what is a short dst failed error

When DST short test failure message prompts, your computer will then start malfunctioning in the following ways.

  • The computer stops working, with all things become oddly sluggish.
  • The computer keeps restarting, and the hard drive light flashes intermittently.
  • The computer hard drive won't boot at all, with a blank screen showing up.

The Result of Short DST Failed Error

You can only except bad results from what the DST short test has signaled. Since it failed to test the hard drive's health, your hard disk seems to reach the end of its life. It's time to diagnose and repair hardware issues or, even worse, replace the hard drive that is failing or has failed. 

Care about data so much and need a recovery method to restore data from dead or damaged hard drive? Try EaseUS free data recovery software!

Let's take some conservative treatment before giving up this problematic hard disk. Apply the troubleshooting solutions below to have a try.

Fix 1. Update the HDD Driver to Fix Short DST Failed

Applies to: You can boot into the computer

When you are faced with hard drive DST short test failure, you can update your device driver to fix it if you can boot into your computer. Here are the steps to update the HDD driver:

Step 1. Right-click This PC > click "Manage". On the left side, click "Device Manager".

Step 2. Double-click to expand Disk driver. Right-click your disk driver and choose "Update Driver Software".

Step 3. In the pop-up window, choose "Search automatically for updated driver software". Then, wait for the computer to search and install the latest driver software.

fix hard drive short dst check failed by updating hard drive driver

Fix 2. Replace the Old Hard Drive with a New One 

Applies to: You can boot into the computer

If the first solution cannot help solve this issue, another solution is to replace the short DST failed HDD with a good one. To make it, you'll need a tool to clone the hard drive and replace it with a good one. All you need is EaseUS Partition Master. It provides you with the "Clone" feature to upgrade the hard disk to a bigger one. Besides, this software has many highlights:

Steps to upgrade a hard drive with the clone feature:


Step 1: Select the source disk.

Open EaseUS Partition Master. Right-click the disk that you want to copy or clone. Then, select "Clone".

select the disk that you want to copy

Step 2: Select the target disk.

Choose the wanted HDD/SSD as your destination and click "Next" to continue.

choose a suitable destination

Step 3: View the disk layout and edit the target disk partition size. 

Then click "Continue" when the program warns it will wipe out all data on the target disk. (If you have valuable data on the target disk, back up it in advance.)

confirm to continue the cloning process

You can select "Autofit the disk", "Clone as the source" or "Edit disk layout" to customize your disk layout. (Select the last one if you want to leave more space for C drive.)

Adjust disk layout

Step 4: Execute the operation.

Click the "Execute the operation" option and click "Apply" to start the disk cloning process.

Fix 3. Take Out the Hard Drive and Check It

Applies to: The computer cannot start

If you cannot boot into Windows 10, 8.1, 8, or 7, you can follow this solution. 

Step 1. Take out the disk and connect it to another computer.

Step 2. If the hard drive can be recognized, copy the disk data to another place as soon as possible.

Step 3. If the hard drive cannot be recognized, contact the hard disk manufacturer to repair the hard drive.

Bonus Tip - Back Up Hard Drive Data to Avoid DST Failure

Back up data in time or clone the system drive to another disk in case the disk gets corrupted suddenly. The best way to avoid further data loss is to back up files regularly. To do so, you can turn to EaseUS Todo Backup. This professional backup and recovery software makes data backup easy and fast. What's more, you can create a backup schedule to back up data automatically. Here are the steps to back up files automatically:

Step 1. Open EaseUS Todo Backup and select "File" on the main window.

Run EaseUS Todo Backup

Step 2. Select the files to backup and select the backup destination.

You can choose specific files that you want to back up by browsing the left pane and click "Browse" to select a destination for saving the file backup.

You'd better create the backup file in some other storage media or in some other drive in case of getting the backup file corrupted or destroyed.

select the files to back up

Step 3. Create a backup plan to automatically back up selected files.

1. Click "Schedule: Off" to create a flexible and automatic backup plan. 

Create automatic backup plan

2. Set the automatic backup schedule by day, by week or by month and click "Save" to keep the changes.

Set schedule backup frequency

If you can also click "Backup options" at the left bottom to set more advanced parameters for the plan. 

backup options

And the Image-reserve strategy will help you to keep the backup image as per image retention rule.

image-reserve strategy

Step 4. Click "Proceed" to execute your operation.


We deal with failed and failing hard drives with three effective methods. If you can boot into Windows, turn to Fix 1 and Fix 2. If you cannot boot into Windows, take out the hard drive and connect it to another PC. Don't forget to make a backup to avoid data loss.

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