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How To Fix Hard Disk Problem On Windows Device

Windows has one specific tool that ensures that the Hard Disk Drive is not affected by any problem which will make it susceptible to failing or corrupting.  As soon as this tool recognizes any problem, it sends a warning message, “Windows Detected a Hard Disk Problem” and will tell the user to as soon as possible back up the files to avoid any information loss. In case, the user ignores this message; it keeps popping up after 5-10 minutes, forcing the user to take action.

Reasons For This Problem

One reason could be that the windows device encountered a bump while moving or shifting it.  If by mistake you bump your windows device into a hard substance or object say a wall, then you are likely to experience hard disk issues. This is because a hard disk is a very clinical part of your device and even the slightest movement can cause an error in it. Secondly, this problem can also be caused when your disk is writing, and there is a sudden power failure. A Clogged Air Filter resulting in inoperative filters can also cause this problem. In case, too much heat is generated while working continuously, it can make the electronic board fail thereby causing a hard disk problem.

How To Solve This Problem?

There are two scans that help you determine and understand if there is any hard disk problem or not:

Test 1: Scanning Your System For Viruses

One simple thing that you can do is to run a full system scan of your device to check for any viruses or any other malicious elements in your windows PC. This can be done with the help of the antivirus program in your device. In case any virus gets detected then get rid of the Windows Detected Hard Disk Problem Windows 10.

Test 2: Run Chkdsk On All Parts Of Hdd

1.    Open the Windows Explorer and right click on a partition of HDD affected by a hard disk problem and click on Properties.

2.    Go to Tools and under Error- Checking, go and click on Check now.

3.    Next, go to Automatically fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors by checking on their boxes and then go to Start to initiate the process of solving the error.

4.    Carry on this process with all the parts of HDD affected by the hard disk problem to avoid any information loss.

One reason for the error message to show up is because the diagnostic tool has altogether gone on a different tangent and is detecting hard disk problems although there are none. Given below are two methods by which you can get rid of the error message.

Method 1: Disabling The Diagnostic Tool With The Help Of Local Group Policy Editor

Local Group Policy Editor which is available on most of the Windows OS enables users to see and make changes in the local group policies.  This tool can also be used to disable the diagnostic tool that brings up an error message.

1.    Press the Windows Logo Key and R together to Run command prompt and then type msc into the box and click Enter.

Disabling The Diagnostic Tool
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2.    In the Local Group Policy Editor, go to Administrative Templates and click on Troubleshooting and Diagnostics and from there to Disk Diagnostics.

3.    Click twice on the Disk Diagnostics: Configure execution level and enable Disabled mode. Click on Apply and then OK.

After doing all this, reboot your device, and it won’t show this error message anymore. 

Method 2: Turn Off Smart From Bios:

In case your system does not have Local Group Policy Editor or if you don’t want play with the group policies, then make use of this method.  SMART is a technology that often leads the error message to pop up. Hence, you can get rid of this problem by simply turning off SMART from BIOS. But, at the same time, it is important to note that by doing so we will also be disabling the other attributes of SMART, e.g. the HDD temperature monitoring.

All you need to do is reboot your PC and Press F2 to gain access to BIOS settings.  After the BIOS has opened, scroll down and go to SMART. In case, you find SMART to be enabled, then immediately disable it, save this change and then close BIOS. However, it is to not that in some computers the option to disable SMART in BIOS is not available.