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How to Fix a Dying Hard Drive: Possible Solutions
By now, I was able to check if my hard drive is dying or whether there is any other issue with my system. In case your hard drive died and you are facing some issues with it, then I would recommend the following methods to fix it.
Fix 1: Check or Replace the Power Cables
Before you take any drastic measures, make sure that the hard drive is connected properly in our system. To check this, you can just open the case of your system and verify if the data/power cable is connected properly or not. You can also clean the drive, its box, and connected cables from here.
If there is an issue with the power/data cable, then you can get a new one as well. You can connect it to the same or existing slot in your system. In case any changes are made, then you can go to the BIOS settings on your system to correct its booting sequence.
Fix 2: Repair the Drive via Windows Disk Check
Windows also has an inbuilt disk checking feature that you can use to scan the status of your drive and fix it. To learn how to fix a dying hard drive via Windows Disk Checkup, you can just launch My Computer (or This PC) on the Explorer.
Now, just select the drive’s icon, right-click it, and go to its Properties from the context menu. As the Properties window would open, visit the “Tool” tab and click on the “Check” button under the Error Checking feature.
This will automatically open the disk checking wizard that you can follow to revive your hard drive and repair it.
Fix 3: Update the Hard Disk Drivers
When was the last time you updated your drivers or the firmware? If it has been a while, then an old or unsupported driver can also make your hard drive die. Thankfully, when my hard drive died, I was able to fix it by following this approach.
To update the drivers, you can just go to the Start Menu and look for “Device Manager”. You can also find it in Control Panel > Computer Management > Device Manager. Once the Device Manager window is opened, go to the Disk Drivers option to find your hard drive’s drivers.
That’s it! You can now just right-click the driver and choose to update it. This will open another click-through wizard that you can follow to update your hard drive’s drivers.
Fix 4: Reset or Rollback the Drivers
Apart from updating the drivers you can also reset or roll back their settings to learn how to fix a dying hard drive. Once you visit the Device Manager, right-click the driver’s icon to go to its Properties.
Now, to reset the drive, you can choose to disable it first and wait for a while. Afterward, you can follow the same drill but select the “Enable Drive” option instead to reset it.
Besides that, in the driver properties window, you can also find an option to roll back the update. Just click on the “Roll Back Driver” button to reverse the recent update and change its settings.
Fix 5: Update the Windows Firmware
Apart from drivers or the security settings, there could be an issue with your Windows firmware as well. It can also be a reason for your dead hard drive that you can easily fix. Just go to your system’s Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. From here, you can view the recently available updates and upgrade the firmware of your system easily.
Fix 6: Consult a Professional or Use a Repairing Tool
Well, if nothing else seems to work and your hard drive is still dying, then I would recommend considering a professional. You can go to the service center of the relevant brand to get it fixed. There are also a few trusted DIY hard drive repairing tools that you can further explore to revive your dead hard drive on your own.
How to use the Check Disk feature in Windows
Windows has long had a built-in disk analysing feature called Check Disk (or chkdsk). This looks for errors, corruption, and bad sectors on a drive that could be causing problems. It won’t tell you that a disk needs replacing, but if you run it regularly then you’ll see whether the amount of faults are rising. It’s also just a useful tool to keep your drive in a healthy state.
To run Check Disk you need to open File Explorer, select This PC, then right-click on the drive you want to test. A pop-up menu will appear at the bottom of which is Properties.
Click this then choose the Tools tab at the top of the new window that appears.
In here you’ll see an area entitled Error Checking. Click the Check option and Windows will examine the drive. This might take a long while, so be sure to run this when you don’t need to use the computer.
How to Diagnose if Your Hard Disk is Dying or Not?
By closely examining the above-listed symptoms, you can check if your hard drive is dying or not. Apart from that, when I wanted to be certain if my hard drive died or not, I did a quick examination of my disk. If you want, you can also do the same and get the status of your hard drive in the following way.
- Firstly, just go to the Start menu from the taskbar and look for “Command Prompt”. Make sure that you open Command Prompt as an administrator on your system.
- Once the Command Prompt window is launched, just type the “wmic diskdrive get status” command and press enter.
This would automatically check the present health status of your hard drive and would let you know. If the Status is “Ok” then it means that your hard drive is working smoothly. In case you get errors like “Bad”, “Unknown”, or “Corrupt”, then it implies your hard drive is failing.
Diagnose Hard Drive: Dying or Dead?
With the below tips, you’ll be able to check the S.M.A.R.T status on your hard drive, based on which you can tell if your hard drive is dying or dead.
Step 1: Press Windows+X keys and choose Command Prompt (Admin).
Step 2: Type: wmic diskdrive get status and press Enter.
- Status “OK”: Everything is working properly on your hard drive.
- Status “Bad”, “Caution” or “Unknown”: Your hard drive has problems that may lead to death.
Upon a dead hard drive, you won’t be able to run Windows OS, or even with a normal boot, the computer won’t recognize it.
After checking the disk status, you may have two questions, and you can check and find the answers here: