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[Solved] Fixes to Hard Drive Problem

By Louis Habersham, 17/10/2017, updated on 29/10/2019

"My ASUS laptop has been using for like 4 years and now it's acting up. This is an error pop-up saying that windows detected a hard disk problem with the Local Disk (D:). How to fix such an error? Please help."

- Posted on ASUS Forum

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I have received a few emails asking for help over the "Windows Detected A Hard Disk Problem" issue. This happens on almost all computers of brands running Windows Vista/XP/7/8/10. If you're wondering why this is happening and how to address this issue, you'd better check out the following.

Reasons: Why Windows Detected A Hard Disk Problem?

This problem usually occurs to those long-used devices. Also, the causes might be related to hardware or software. To be clear, if this is a hardware problem, I'm afraid you have to turn to repair experts for help. Please check which cause might result in your trouble.

1. Attacked by virus or malware.

2. Caused by a corrupted system file or file damage.

3. The hard disk is damaged by water, dust, or others.

4. The hard disk has mechanical or logical error.

Windows Detected A Hard Disk Problem

Solution 1: Use Command Prompt to Check System File

If a corrupted system file is the one to be blame, you can check out and repair it via commands. Let's see how to do it.

Step 1. On your desktop, press down the "Shift" key and select "Open command window here".

Step 2. Type "sfc/scanow" in the Command Prompt and press the "Enter" key.

Step 3. Wait until you see the "Verification 100% complete". The system file checker will automatically address any issue it finds.

System File Checker

Solution 2: Check the Faulted Local Disk

It's also recommended to solely scan the faulted disk and see whether it has any problems. Let's check out this tutorial.

Step 1. Click the "Computer" icon.

Step 2. Right-click on the faulted disk and select "Properties".

Step 3. Switch to the "Tools" tab and click "Check now".

Step 4. Check the two disk options and hit the "Start" button. Wait until it finishes.

Check the Faulted Local Disk

Solution 3: Format the Faulted Disk

The last choice is to format the disk drive, which will erase all the content currently that store in the disk. So, you should make sure you have moved significant files to another disk. Now, let's get down to it.

Step 1. Click the "Start" button and select "Control Panel".

Step 2. Select "System and Security" and then "Administrative Tools".

Step 3. Double-click "Computer Management" and select "Disk Management" under Storage.

Step 4. Right-click the volume that you want to format, and then click "Format".

Step 5. To format the volume with the default settings, in the Format dialog box, click "OK", and then click "OK" again.

Format the Faulted Disk

Note: What to Do if Data Get Lost from the Hard Disk?

As the pop-up prompts, it reminds users of doing a backup in time, say, transfer files to another disk. However, it happens that some didn't catch the chance before the disk got corrupted and some of files got lost. In this case, you need to use Data Recovery for Win to help you retrieve lost data. This user-friendly software enables users to get data back with a few clicks.Don't Miss: To have further knowledge of Data Recovery, here is a full guide - [Hard Disk Recovery]The Best Data Recovery for Win/Mac.

Recoverable Data with A Variety of Extensions:

  • Photos(18): JPG, TIFF/TIF, PNG, BMP, GIF, PSD, CRW, CR2, NEF, ORF, RAF, SR2, MRW, DCR , WMF, DNG, ERF, RAW, etc.
  • Audio(8): AIF/AIFF, M4A, MP3, WAV, WMA, MID/MIDI, OGG, AAC, etc.
  • Video(12): AVI, MOV, MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, FLV, SWF, MPG, RM/RMVB, etc.
  • Email(12): PST, DBX, EMLX, etc.
  • Others(3): ZIP, RAR, SIT, and other useful data.

Step 1. Install and launch Data Recovery on your Windows PC/laptop.

Step 2. Select desired types of data you want to scan in the disk.

Step 3. Select the disk to start scanning for lost data.

Step 4. Preview files that are found via Data Recovery.

Step 5. Choose desired files and recover selected ones to another disk.

Recover Data

Hope this article helps. If possible, please help me improve this writing. Moreover, if you have any idea or misgivings, you can also leave your comments below. Have a good day.