How to Fix Stuck “Scanning and Repairing Drive” in Windows 10

Some Windows 10 users recently have reported that Windows was scanning and repairing a drive on booting, and the process stuck for minutes or even hours sometimes. Meanwhile, there are also reports that every time users power on PC, they get this message:

scanning and repairing drive (C:): 40% complete

Unfortunately, Windows 10 sometimes gets stuck at scanning and repairing drive C: or D: screen and will not complete after going to 0%, 10%, 11%, 28%…100%. This guide offers few methods to get rid of this annoying process.

Fix #1: Use Windows Error Checking Tool

You can use the Windows Error-checking tool in drive Properties to scan and repair the drive issues. Follow these steps:

  • Click the File Explore at the taskbar
  • Click This PC then expand Devices and drives
  • Right-click the drive that Windows is scanning and repairing. You can tell it from the scanning screen. For example, if you see “Scanning and repairing drive (C:)” on the screen, right-click (C): drive then click Properties
  • Go to Tools tab and click the Check button under Error checking
  • If Windows found errors on this drive, you’ll see one pop up. Click Repair drive to scan the drive. If no errors are found, click Scan drive Then Windows will scan and repair the drive
  • Reboot your PC and check to see if the issue is resolved

Fix #2: Check the drive status

If there are problems with the drive, Windows will detect it and allows you to scan and repair it. You can fix the issue by checking the drive status. To do this,

  • Open Control Panel
  • View by Small icons, click Security and Maintenance
  • Click Maintenance
  • Under Drive status, you may see issues listed here and a link that allows you to click to repair the drive. Click the link

Fix #3: Run CHKDSK command in Safe Mode

Well, CHKDSK is a useful command that you can use to check the drive for system file errors and fix the errors. If you can’t boot into Windows successfully, use this command in Safe Mode. In order to do this, follow these below steps:

  • Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode
  • On your keyboard, type Windows logo and R key at the same time to initiate the run command
  • Type cmd and press Shift + Ctrl + Enter to open a command prompt in administrative mode. (Do not click OK or just press Enter as that won’t allow you to open a command prompt in administrator mode.)
  • Type the command chkdsk x: /f and press Enter on your keyboard. Note that the letter x means the drive that you want to scan and repair for. If you want to scan and repair C: then replace x with c
  • Once the scanning and repairing process is done, restart your PC and check to see if the issue is resolved

Remember – If any files are lost while performing CHKDSK, it is possible to recover files after check disk using a reliable data recovery software.

Fix #4: Run Repair-Volume-DriveLetter command in Safe Mode

This method is to use PowerShell to run command Repair-Volume -DriveLetter to scan and fix the hard disk errors. Follow steps below:

  • Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode
  • Type PowerShell in the search box to bring up the menu. Right-click Windows PowerShell and click Run as administrator to open PowerShell in administrator mode
  • Type the command line Repair-volume –drive letter x and press Enter key on your keyboard
  • Once the process completes, restart your PC and check to see if the problem is resolved

Fix #5: System Restore

To do this,

  • Hold the Power Button down for five seconds or until the computer shuts down
  • Press the Power button again to turn it on
  • The PD should say Windows failed to start or something along those lines
  • Choose Advanced Repair Options > Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > System Restore
  • Choose a date/time before the problem occurred
  • Click Next
  • Click Finish
  • Reboot

Recovering data from Windows 10 System Restore?

After applying the above System Restore method, you may have a trouble-free access to your Windows computer now. However, as you may worry about the computer data, apps and files while fixing the stuck on “scanning and repairing drive” screen, some of the data will be lost if you performed a system restore. Also, there is a high chance to lose data due to drive corruption, bad sectors, etc.

If the hard drive data loss can’t be avoided, just let it go. Later, you should immediately download Remo Data Recovery Wizard to perform hard drive data recovery. Be careful with the last step. You’d better preserve the recovered data to another drive in case of data overwriting.

“If you are a Windows user and looking to recover data after drive format, we recommend you to use Remo Data Recovery Software.”

How to Fix Stuck “Scanning and Repairing Drive” in Windows 10 was last modified: March 28th, 2018 by John Harris

Customer Evangelist @remosoftware. Trying to perfect the art of writing while running a business. Fan of exceptional customer service.

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