Many hard drives will last longer than the computer they are used on, or even withstand a few computer moves. Hard drives are built to last, but sometimes they fail, either because of improper handling or simply because they weren’t built perfectly. When a hard drive is about to fail, you can try to extend its life temporarily, but you may not be able to fix it permanently.
This message means exactly what it says: your drive’s diagnostics and status circuitry and/or firmware have determined that your hard drive is about to fail. In this case, “Error” can mean anything from “You may lose some files” to “The entire drive has stopped working.”
Honestly, you’re lucky to get a warning. Usually disks fail without warning. There is no guarantee that you will get a notification.
It just means that as soon as you see this post, you need to take this news very seriously.
Fix hard disk failure is imminent using disk check utility
Disk Checker utility is a built-in tool for Windows 7/8/10 that can scan and fix hard disk errors, corrupt sectors and file system errors. Note that the actions vary slightly from operating system to operating system.
Here, I’ll take Windows 10 as an example to show you how to fix an impending hard drive failure in HP / Dell / Notebook and Lenovo Thinkpad. If you are using Windows 7 or 8, you can find detailed instructions online.
Step 1. Open “Computer” or “This Computer”, right-click the hard drive with the approaching hard drive failure and select “Properties” from the pop-up menu.
Step 2. Then go to the “Tools” tab and select “Check”. Then click “Scan Disk” to continue. Wait and it will fix the detected error. Otherwise, you will be shown the details.
Note. If you are familiar with the command line, you can open a command line window, type chkdsk / f / r and press Enter.
Run a system file check
Your Windows device comes with a basic tool that you can use to troubleshoot errors that you might not have known about. This tool is known as the system file checker. To use it, follow these steps:
- Click the Start button.
- Type cmd in the search box.
- Press Enter.
- Right-click the first item in the search results. Select Run as administrator.
- Type sfc / scannow at the command prompt.
- Click Enter.
Use the command line
After you’ve done this backup, you can use the command line to fix the error. Here’s how:
- Tap Windows. This will open the start menu.
- Type a query in the search bar.
- Click on the first item in the search results.
- Enter the following command:
- wmic diskdrive gets status
- Click Enter.
- Check the status of your hard drive. If everything is OK, the status of the result should be “Otherwise”. A FAIL message is returned.
Hard disks are failing
Hard disks fail all the time. Just do it. Oh, you can go years without seeing it, but suddenly you see that “hard drive failure is inevitable” or worse.
It takes preparation, and preparation is simple: save.
If you had backed up your data before the impending hard drive failure, you’d just have to replace the hard drive, restore the data from the backup, and get on with your life. It would have been that easy.
I have many different articles to save – the links below are just the tip of the iceberg. I preach and write a lot about it, especially stories like yours.
You see, from what you’ve told me, I don’t think you’ll get your data back. I hope I’m wrong, but the scenario you too often sketch out ends with “…and then I lost it all.”
And that shouldn’t be the case.
Whether or not you recover your data, learn from this experience and start backing it up immediately.