How to Fix Windows detected a hard disk problem

This article explains why you see the error “Windows has detected a problem with your hard drive” and how to fix it. If you see this warning, you are having problems using your hard drive. The operating system may be corrupted or may not start the next time you start your computer. As a result, you risk losing data such as photos, videos, music, important documents.

This problem can happen to anyone The pop-up window with this error warning gives you a chance to start the backup process to avoid losing information.

This is because mechanical problems or other serious defects can occur while your hard drive is running, which, in turn, can damage, slow down or even shut down your operating system. Such problems or errors can be very annoying because they can appear every 5 or 10 minutes. In most cases, these warnings indicate hard disk problems, system errors, corrupted system files, etc. We recommend that you do not ignore them. Instead, it is better to find out why it is happening.

Causes of hard disk problems

  • Hard disk / hard drive failure;
  • System errors such as registry errors, etc.
  • Logical / mechanical error;
  • Damaged / corrupted file system;
  • Bleak sectors appear on the hard disk partition.
  • Virus attack;
  • Operational errors / human error etc.

If any of the above problems occur on your PC hard drive, Windows will detect the problems and remind you of the error message “Windows detected hard drive problem”.

Check the system file

A corrupted system file can cause Windows to detect a problem with your hard drive. Once the error occurs, you can check the system file.

  • Run the command line as administrator: open the Start menu, locate and right-click the command line to select “Run as administrator”. Then click YES when prompted for User Account Control (UAC).
  • Type sfc / scannow at the command prompt and press Enter. Do not close the window until the scan is 100% complete.

If there is a corrupted system file, the system file checker will automatically restore the files.

Check your hard drive

If there are any errors on your hard drive, Windows will also detect an error related to a hard drive problem. In this case, follow the steps below to check your hard drive.

  • Press the Windows logo key and E at the same time to open Windows Explorer.
  • Right-click the C drive, then click Properties.
  • In the Properties window, display the Tools window. Click Check now
  • Then check the Automatically fix file system errors and Check for bad sectors boxes and try to repair them. Click Start.
  • Close the window when it is done.

How to turn off error message output

If you’re not worried about the security of the files on your hard drive and aren’t afraid of losing them if the device crashes, here’s how to disable the error popup:

  • Open the Run window from the Start menu. Type gpedit.msc and press Enter.
  • In the window that appears, locate Disk Diagnostics by selecting Administrative Templates > System > Troubleshooting and Diagnostics > Disk Diagnostics.
  • Open the configuration menu by clicking Disk Diagnostics: adjust the runlevel to the right. Change the execution level to Disable, then click Apply and OK. Finally, restart your computer for the changes to take effect.