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Solution: Windows Detected a Hard Disk Problem

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 by Abby Haines to Partition Manager

Summary:
"Windows detected a hard disk problem" error can happen and cause system problem and data loss disaster at any time. This page tells you how to fix it by checking virus, disk errors, bad sectors, file system error or system file corruption. Try those solutions and protect your system and data.

"Recently, I always get 'Windows detected a hard disk problem' error message that asks me to backup my files. It pops up every 5 minutes or so. I am not sure what caused the issue. A virus, malware or real disk errors? And is there any way to fix the problem?" 

About "Windows detected a hard disk problem" error

"Windows detected a hard disk problem" error usually happens due to disk errors, virus/malware attacks, file system error or system file corruption. And it always comes with many terrible Consequences:

Disk failing - your hard drive may fail, freeze, die or not responding sooner or later.
Data loss - you may lose all your programs and data files when your drive eventually failed.
System crash - your Windows operating system files may become corrupted and unbootable.

So, when "Windows detected a hard disk problem" error happens, Windows will give you recommendations to fix the issue: 

1. Back up your files immediately to prevent information loss
2. Contact the computer manufacturer to determine if you need to repair or replace the disk.

Usually, it gives you two choices: "Start the backup process" or "Ask me again later". But is it the only or best way to fix "Windows detected a hard disk problem" issue? Of course not. Here we collect a few other possible solutions. You can read on to get the details.

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

Step 1. Scan your computer for viruses

When "Windows detected a hard disk problem" error message pops up, you should first run antivirus software to scan your computer. If any viruses, malware or other threats are detected by the program, get rid of them. If the program does not report any issues, move onto the next test to fix the issue.

Step 2. Create a backup of your whole computer

After making sure that virus or malware is not the causes for "Windows detected a hard disk problem" error. You'd better use EaseUS free backup software to backup your system, installed programs and personal data in case system problem and data loss issue. It is the best way for disaster recovery. 

1. Launch EaseUS free backup software, connect an external storage device with PC.
2. Choose "File Backup", "Disk/partition  Backup" or "System Backup" for different backup purpose.
3. Choose the files, disk or system you want to backup and specify the backup destination, click "Proceed" to start the backup job.

Backup system and data before fixing Windows detected a hard disk problem

Step 3. Check and repair disk errors or bad sectors 

Disk errors or bad sectors may happen to all hard drive and eventually result in "Windows detected a hard disk problem" issue. So just try EaseUS free partition software to test hard drive health condition. The program can help check and repair disk errors or bad sectors in simple clicks. 

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1. Launch EaseUS free partition software, right-click the disk and click "Check partition".

2. Choose the right mode to check and repair bad sectors: "Check Partition Properties", "Call Windows Chkdsk" or "Surface Test" and Click "OK" to continue.

3. Let EaseUS free partition software automatically check and repair disk errors or bad sectors. And finally click "OK" to finish the process.

check and repair bad sectors to fix Windows detected a hard disk problem

Step 4. Run an SFC Scan to check and repair system file

If no disk error or bad sectors are found on the hard drive, you can continue to check if the system file is damaged or corrupted.

1. Click start button and enter "cmd" in the searching box. Then right click it and select the item "Run as administrator"
2. In the command prompt type "sfc /scannow" and press "Enter" key.

The command will scan all protected system files and repair those corrupted files with a backup copy. Thus, if the error "Windows detected a hard disk problem" is caused by system file corruption, then the issue will be fixed after the SFC Scan. 

Step 5. Run CHKDSK to check and repair file system error

If all the methods above failed to fix "Windows detected a hard disk problem" error, the problem might be caused by file system error, you can perform a ChkDsk to fix it. Still, we need to get the CMD Command Prompt, then enter partition drive letter (c:/d:/e: and so on) you want to chkdsk. And then type "chkdsk" and press "Enter" key. Then ChkDsk begins working to check and repair file system error.

Those are all the possible solutions for "Windows detected a hard disk problem" issue. You can try them one by one to fix the error in your case with success.