How to troubleshoot failed hard drive? Your hard drive is about to fail? Can you hear strange clicking sounds coming from your hard drive?
Your computer has been randomly freezing. If you’ve gone through all of the proper troubleshooting steps regarding PC viruses and other Windows software, but still are getting an error with the operating system, it may be due to a failing or erroneous hard drive. So how to troubleshoot if failed hard drive.
But it happens all the time, we take care the best thing to do is to first make a backup of all your essential and important data. If a hard drive has errors on it, data loss may not be immediate, but can happen slowly over time. In this article or post, I’ll show you many different ways you can check your hard drive’s health and see if there are any errors.
Hard drives are one of the most common storage computer parts that fail without notice. Additionally, hard drive errors can cause many types of Windows errors.
If your computer boot or start then you go to Windows, you can use the built-in CHKDSK function to help troubleshoot.
Open my Computer and right-click on the drive you want to check and choose Properties
This will launch the Properties dialog for the specific drive.
Click the Tools tab and select the Check now option to check the hard drive for errors. So
Not booting your operating System Windows
If you cannot boot your operating system Windows, then you also have the option of running the CHKDSK function from Windows Recovery Console option. You will need a functional PC with your operating system Windows to create a System Repair Disc. As Microsoft notes, creating a System Repair Disc can be done using the following steps:
- First go to Control Panel then select Backup and restore option click
- After that you have find in left panel create a system repair disk and follow the next step click the process
- If you are administrator then no any option po-pup otherwise if you are not a administrator po-pup the option for administrator user ID and Password then process next step.
- Insert cd/dvd in your drive for create system repair disk after that one more po-pup message for created your system disk and restart the computer
Using this disk in your faulty pc or your operating system is not working. You can run CHKDSK, option but additionally, the disc has a few other utilities that can help repair and troubleshoot a Windows operating system error that will not boot. Remember, for failed or erroneous hard drives, if that process not boots your pc then you can backup any important files or data from the drive.
If above options are not work or suitable, then you can also attempt data recovery as per our above discuss, if the hard drive has important files or data that you absolutely required Data recovery is a bit more work, but it can be worth it in some situations.
Data recovery option is more complex, and can involve advanced drive troubleshooting using, specialty recovery software. If the hard drive has errors, is completely corrupt and won’t boot into Windows, you may be able to recover files simply by removing the drive from the PC and using a hard drive enclosure to connect the drive externally to an existing running Windows PC. From there, you may be able to use specialty software to manually browse the Windows based disk using file structure, and manually move important files or data to another drive.
Complete Reformat and Erase
In a above scenario where Windows won’t boot and even the System Repair option fails to fix the hard drive error, you should consider perform a complete reformat or reinstallation process and erase, before considering the drive to be damage and throwing it to the garbage. In some cases, such as a complex rootkit virus, Windows may have system level errors, in which a hard drive format is the best option.
To completely format and erase an internal PC hard drive, you can reinstallation process start by windows operating CD/DVD or bootable pen drive option.
A Failed Hard Drive
Worst case scenario is a completely failed hard drive that may have a failed spindle, arm or platter.
If you have extremely important data on the drive, and the platters are still intact and undamaged, you may be able to swap the platters to an identical drive and repair the drive, which would ultimately give you the option to recover your PC data.
This requires an advanced technical understanding of hard drives, calibration and more. So, in most cases, it would be better to have a tech or data recovery specialist does this, rather than attempt it yourself.
I have face this situation in corporate sector, we have called data recovery specialist in the year of 2007 for Unix Operating System and it costs about more than 5 lakhs in 48 hours, because our data is most important like employee details, production, sales account data etc.
I have discuss those are a few ways that you can troubleshoot, recover, diagnose and fix hard drive errors and failed hard drives. Enjoy!