Windows Detected A Hard Disk Problem? Fix It NOW!

Tracy King updated on Sep 10, 2020 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

Windows detected a hard disk problem, help!

"Have you ever met this issue that your computer suddenly pops up an error message, warning you ‘Windows detected a hard disk problem’? 
This morning after I started my PC, the error message keeps popping up, telling me that ‘Windows detected a hard disk problem’ and asking me to start the backup process. It was quite confusing, and I don’t know how did this problem happen to my computer. And I’m wondering what reasons can cause a hard disk problem and how can I fix this issue. Please do help me if you know how to fix hard disk problem on Windows PC. And I’m using Windows 8. Thank you in advance."

Windows detected a hard disk problem.

It seems that hard disk error/problem is no longer a new question. Instead, this problem has been bothering almost all Windows users for quite a long period. Even Windows 10 users also have ‘Windows detected a hard disk problem’ issue in their PCs. So how to fix such an issue? Let’s find the reasons and causes of why hard disk problems occurred and solutions to fix hard disk problems right here now.

Why hard disk problem/error occurs

Before finding solutions to fix had the disk problem, we highly recommend you find out the causes of hard disk problems. This would be very helpful for you to avoid a similar issue from happening again.

1. Causes of hard disk problem
How did problems occur to hard disk/drive?

  • Hard drive/disk failure;
  • System errors such as registry error etc;
  • Logical/mechanical error;
  • File system corruption/damaged;
  • Bad sectors occur on hard disk partition;
  • Virus attack;
  • False operation/human error etc.

If anyone of those issues mentioned above happens to your hard drive in PC, Windows would detect the problems and remind you of the error message - ‘Windows detected a hard disk problem’. 

2. Stop computer reporting error message if no hard disk error exists

The reason why Windows pops up error message is that when system deems an existing or potential error may exist on your hard disk, it will remind you to backup data. But if no hard disk error or problem exists at all, you can follow the tips below to stop computer reporting error message:

  • Type: gpedit.msc in the search bar and hit Enter.
  • Go to "Administrative Templates" > "System" > "Troubleshooting and Diagnostics" > "Disk Diagnostics".
  • Click Disk Diagnostic: Configure execution level and disable it.

Stop Windows report error messages

  • Click "Apply" and "OK".
  • Restart the computer, and the error message won’t pop up again.

What can you do when unexpected hard disk problem happen

So you may wonder what can I do if hard disk problem happen? What Windows reminds you with an error message? 
The computer would pop up this message to ask you: ‘Windows detected a hard disk problem. Start the backup process or Ask me later’?
Yes, it is to backup data in advance. You can selectively copy and paste single files and documents one by one into another secure storage devices.

But if you think it’s too slow or you need to back up the entire hard disk data, you can try third-party software to clone/copy disk data with ease. Here we’d like to recommend you try professional and free software - EaseUS Partition Master Free which allows you to free copy/clone disk data with simple clicks. 

select a location and click scan

Fixes to 'Windows detected a hard disk problem' error

So how can you exactly fix the ‘Windows detected a hard disk problem’ error in your PC? If you are looking for methods to fix hard disk problem, continue reading and you’ll get what you want here now.

1. Use system file checker to fix hard disk error

  • Type: cmd in the search bar and click Enter.
  • Type: sfc /scannow and hit Enter.

Fix hard disk problem with system file checker.

This command will scan all protected system files and replace all corrupted files with a backup copy. After the process is finished, your hard disk would work properly again.

2. Run CHKDSK to fix hard disk problem

  • Press "Win+R" keys to open Run and type: cmd and hit Enter to open Command Prompt.
  • Type: chkdsk C: /f /r /x and hit Enter.

Check and fix hard disk error with CHKDSK command.

CHKDSK alternative

If you don't have any technical know-how and want to minimize data risks, using third-party software could be a better choice. The Command line is suitable for computer professionals since wrong commands can cause severe problems. Therefore, we strongly recommend you try an automatic command line alternative.

EaseUS Tools M is a practical computer fixing tool that is safe and light-weighted. It's a perfect alternative to CHKDSK command. Use this one-click tool to solve your computer issues.

To fix file system error or disk error:

Step 1: DOWNLOAD EaseUS Tools M for Free and install it.

Step 2: Open the software and select the "File showing" option. 

Step 3: Choose the drive and wait for repairing. After the operation completes, click the "View" button to check the drive. 

select the drive and check off file system error

3. Use partition manager software to check and repair hard disk/drive errors

If you are not familiar with Windows administration, you can try a free and professional partition manager software from EaseUS. It is named EaseUS Partition Master Free which supports you to check, find and repair bad sectors in hard disk/drive, and you may free download it and follow below tips to fix hard disk drive errors/problems right now:

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 Windows 10 is supported


Step 1: Open EaseUS Partition Master on your computer. Then locate the disk, right-click the partition you want to check, and choose "Check File System".

Check Partition - Step 1

Step 2: In the Check File System window, keep the "Try to fix errors if found" option selected and click "Start".

Check Partition - Step 2

Step 3: The software will begin checking your partition file system on your disk. When it has completed, click "Finish".

Check Partition - Step 3

Now that you’ve successfully fix hard disk partition problem and all data are securely saved. If you are having ‘Windows detected a hard disk problem’ issue, relax and follow this article to get your problem fixed right now.

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