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Check and fix simple hard drive problems on Windows


In the process of using you feel your computer slows down, emits a noise from the hard drive, Explorer keeps crashing, then you are about to lose data. To avoid that, follow these 3 easy steps to assist you “check” your drive, and repair corrupted or broken system files.


  • Press Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog box, type cmd to open the Command Prompt window
  • The Command Prompt window appears, type the following two commands: wmic and diskdrive get status then press Enter.
  • If your hard drive is working well, an OK line will appear

diskdrive get status


  • Open a Command Prompt window with Administrator privileges, type sfc / scannow and then press Enter
sfc /scannow

When the system has finished scanning, it will know the status of the files on your hard drive


  • Scans the entire file system, file system metadata on the hard drive and fixes the logical file system errors it finds.
  • Scan and search for any hard drive partitions that are bad, occur due to data overwriting and physical damage on the hard drive. This tool will fix the soft bad and mark the operating system the location of the “hard” bad so that it cannot be used again
  • Open a Command Prompt window as Administrator, type chkdsk, and then press Enter
  • The program will scan the entire drive, but will not fix hard drive errors. Running this command does not need to restart the computer.

Just scan and fix the hard drive error using the following command:

  • chkdsk /F: Fix file system errors during a scan
  • chkdsk /R: Mark bad sectors on the disk and try to recover data when possible
  • chkdsk /X: Allows executing commands as soon as the drive is active in Windows
  • chkdsk /F/R: Repair both system errors and recover data

When you finish typing one of these commands, type Y and restart the computer for Chkdsk to fix the error

Note: If the drive has files in use, it will be prompted to schedule a scan for the next boot. Please type Y to agree
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