In this article, you will learn how to fix Stuck “Scanning and Repairing Drive” in Windows 10. The Windows 10 error stuck “Scanning and repairing drive” is usually encountered while booting your operating system. Unfortunately, Windows 10 sometimes gets stuck at scanning and repairing C drive or D drive while trying to boot the operating system. The progress of scan and repair will get stuck or keep repeating itself from 0%-100% and then back to 0% again. It can also be a never-ending loop.
So let us understand the common causes and simple methods on how to fix the “scanning and repairing drive” error loop Windows 10.
Why does Windows get stuck while Scanning and Repairing?
Scanning and Repairing drive is an automatic Windows repair process that checks the disk drive for any errors before booting the computer. This process generally gets triggered when problems with reading the disk are encountered due to the scenarios mentioned below :
- Abruptly shutting down of Windows
- Power failure
- Incorrectly configured driver issues
- Faulty cables or improperly connected drive
- Virus infections affecting that will modify the registry.
- Bad sectors on the hard disk.
How to Fix Scanning and Repairing drive stuck issues on Windows 10?
In some cases, the users may encounter the scanning and repairing process taking too long or maybe stuck, in such case you will need to follow the below methodology to fix the “scanning and repairing drive” issue.
- Use Windows Error Checking Tool
- Check the drive status
- Run CHKDSK command in Safe Mode
- Run Repair-Volume-Drive Letter command in Safe Mode.
- System Restore
In order to troubleshoot any of the methods mentioned above to fix the stuck “Scanning and Repairing drive”, you will have to access Safe Mode.
- Hold F8 and CTRL keys
- After this access the Safe Mode
- Choose Safe mode with Command Prompt
Once you have entered into Safe Mode, you can effortlessly follow the methods mentioned below.
Method 1 - Use Windows Error Checking Tool
By using the Windows Error-checking tool to scan for and repair any potential issues. Here’s how to do that:
- Click the File Explorer 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
Method 2: Check the drive status
If there are problems with the drive, Windows will detect it and allows you to scan and repair it. If the repair process gets stuck, you can fix the issue by checking the drive status.
- 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.
Method 3: Run the CHKDSK command in Safe Mode.
A CHKDSK scan is a quick and easy way to check your computer drive for system files for errors and repair any issues that may be found. CHKDSK is the easiest way to fix driver issues.
- Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode
- On your keyboard, type Windows logo and the R key at the same time to initiate the run command
- Type cmd and press Shift + Ctrl + Enter to open a command prompt in administrator 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. In most cases, you will want to scan and repair the C drive where most of the system or program files exist, hence 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.
Method 4: Run Repair-Volume-Drive Letter command in Safe Mode
Repairing the volume drive in safe mode -
- This method is to use PowerShell to run command Repair-Volume -DriveLetter to scan and fix the hard disk errors. Follow the 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
Important Note - If your computer is stuck in Safe Mode, please refer here to know how to get a computer out of Safe mode.
Method 5: System Restore
To complete the process of System Restore.
- 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, Finish and Reboot
If you encounter any issue while performing a system restore, you can go through the given link on how to fix system restore error 0x80070091 in Windows 10 effortlessly.
Lost Data due to “Scanning and Repairing” error?
After following the above methodologies, you will be able to resolve the error. Unfortunately, while fixing this issue recently stored data on the C drive and D drive can be lost depending on the system restore date. Hence in case, you perform a system restore be cautious about the restore data you choose.
Also if the drive is totally inaccessible due to bad sectors or severe corruption even after trying CHKDSK command, you can only get back data using a professional hard drive recovery tool.
You can recover your lost data from any drive effortlessly using Remo Recover. The tool uses deep scan engines to locate lost data due to bad sectors or severe corruption.
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