A small technology article from Lifehack:
Your hard disk drive should be tested on a regular basis to avoid damages to your system. Hard disks may have been gone through serious issues and often need to be repaired. If not, you can face permanent loss of access to your system or severe data loss. You can use free file recovery tools to get back your data if the disk repair is unsuccessful.
Why is Disk Repair utility needed?
If the system is facing freezing issues or doesn’t respond at all, you should check your hard disk drive for errors and repair it immediately. There are various other causes behind system freeze or hang ups, with corrupt or damaged hard drives being at the top of the list.
Disk repair utility (Check Disk command) can perform an extensive scan on the hard drive and repair errors it finds during scanning. Microsoft has built in this utility on the OS copy you are using, i.e. Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, 7, Vista.
Repair Disk Using CHDSK utility
You can make use of the built-in disk check utility at no cost and repair disk related errors immediately. It will help you troubleshoot any minor or major system inaccessibility or freezing issues. The whole process doesn’t take more than an hour.
- Open ‘My Computer’ or ‘This PC’ if you are using Windows 8 or higher.
- Right click on ‘C’ drive or the drive where Windows is installed.
- Choose ‘Properties’ and click on ‘Tools’ tab.
- Click on ‘Check’ button under ‘Error Checking’ pane.
- A pop up window will open. Click on ‘Scan Now’ to begin scanning the disk for related problems and fix them.
- Scanning process will begin and it will ask you to repair the errors, if it finds any.
Repair Disk using Recovery Drive
Users with Windows 8 or higher can create a recovery drive to repair system-related issues or to check their hard disk for errors. Recovery drive or system repair disc lets you boot directly into recovery environment (WinPE) and perform powerful operations like refresh or reset. If you don’t have a recovery drive with you, you can create one using the following simple steps:
Connect any USB drive 4 GB or higher and type ‘Recovery’ in the search text box of Windows 8 metro style interface. ‘Create a Recovery drive’ option will pop up. Click on it and follow simple on-screen steps to complete the recovery drive creation procedure.
To repair the system using Recovery drive, connect it into the problem PC and restart your PC. Start tapping F8 just after starting your PC and you’ll get into Recovery environment. Click on ‘See Advanced Repair Options’. You will six options on the next screen and the ‘Refresh’ and ‘Reset’ options on the right side. Hitting ‘Refresh’ doesn’t erase anything but will still refresh your system, whereas ‘Reset’ will perform a complete erase and you’ll not find any programs or files once the system is reset.
Recover data using Disk Drill free data recovery tool
If the system doesn’t start or you cannot access the stored data due to a corrupt or inaccessible disk, use Disk Drill free data recovery app to restore files. This is a comprehensive data recovery tool with full capability to recover lost or deleted partitions, backup data into DMG image format, or undelete protected files.
This data recovery tool is fast at scanning lost or deleted media files and recovering them with their information in tact. It can also recover lost or formatted hard drive partitions using the ‘Deep scan’ option.
Recovery vault keeps track of recently deleted files and folders so you can easily recover them. You can also pause or resume any ongoing scanning to perform recovery at a convenient time.