Everyone wants a normal functioning computer. Any error while working on your system seems like the end of the world! It is seldom the case that any system is error-free. One such error which has caused some worry in users has been the SMART Hard disk error 301.
Now, what is this error and how to overcome it?
When you start your system, you will be greeted with the following error on screen:
The above error indicates that your hard drive is failing and you have to take preventive steps like backing up data as soon as possible and replace the hard drive. If you do not backup data, you end up losing all your hard disk data. It could also be caused by a broken IDE/SATA controller chip on your motherboard.
Solutions to fix SMART Hard Disk Error 301
- Using Boot Device Options
(i) When you see the error screen above, long press the power button and switch off your computer. After a few seconds, start up again.
(ii) Once the computer is booting, keep holding Escape key until you see the Startup menu.
(iii) Now press F9 for Boot Device Options.
(iv)Select Notebook Hard Drive and hit Enter. You should boot into Windows.
(v) Now Windows will start booting and it will take a long time. This is to be expected as the hard drive is failing. Just remain calm. Once the booting process is complete, you can start backing up your files.
You might get another error “Windows detected a hard disk problem”. Back up all your files and then you can replace the hard disk.
- Using BIOS Menu
(i) Remove your hard drive from the system.
(ii) Reconnect it.
(iii) Start your computer. Once the system starts booting, keep pressing F10 to enter BIOS menu.
(iv)Run a test on your hard drive under Advanced or Diagnostic settings. Wait for the test to complete.
- Using chkdsk
All bad sectors, directory errors on the drive can be overcome by running chkdsk.
(i) Go to System Recovery Options.
(ii) Run chkdsk /f /r.
(iii) Now select Command Prompt.
(iv) Insert your Windows installation disk.
(v) Restart the system.
(vi) Click Start button and arrow next to Lock button.
(vii) Now select Language Settings and hit Next.
(viii) Click Repair.
(ix) Select the Operating System and hit Next.
(x) In System Recovery Options menu, click Command Prompt.
(xi) Now type chkdsk /f /r X and hit Enter, where X is your drive letter.
(xii) System restarts and asks you to verify the disk. Press Y.
(xiii) Now close all your Applications and Restart the system.
Running chkdsk comes with the possibility of losing data. Backup your files before running it.
- Check your Hard Drive for Errors
(i) Click Start - > My Computer or This PC.
(ii) Now select the hard drive and right-click on it.
(iii) Go to Properties.
(iv) Click on Tools tab.
(v) Under Error-checking option, click Choose Now. (Only system administrators have this permission).
(vi) Now click on Automatically fix file system errors.
(vii) Click on Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.
(viii) Click Start.
Recover Data using Remo Recover Software
The first thing you should do when a hard drive is failing is to backup all the data. If you end up losing data in the process, do not worry.
Remo Recover is an excellent data recovery tool to recover all your lost or deleted data with just a few clicks.
The software works on all Windows and Mac Operating systems and supports more than 300 different file types. You can rest assured all your data will be recovered safe and sound. The software also provides you with an option of adding a file type that was not listed by the software.
You can recover data from lost, deleted, formatted, re-formatted partitions or drives as well. Remo Recover software works even after you re-installed your Operating system.
If the system is not recognizing your hard drive, the software shows you in simple steps on how to recover data from external hard drive not recognized issue.
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Just download the software and start your data recovery! It is that simple!
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