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How to Fix Scanning and Repairing Drive C

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Jan 24, 2024 • Filed to: Windows Computer Solutions • Proven solutions

While opening your computer if you are facing a system message like "Scanning and repairing drive C" that never completes then this article is for you. In this article, we have talked about how and why you get this message again and again, and some of the quick methods which you can solve it off.

Not just this, at the end of this article we have something amazing for you. We have introduced you to an awesome application that can effortlessly help you to retrieve your lost or inaccessible data from your hard disk.

What are the possible causes of scanning and repairing drive c?

The possible reasons that can hamper your computer and give you the message like "Scanning and repairing drive C" are given below:

Hard disk and RAM both actively read and write data while you're working over your PC. And in case if you have a bad day and you experience a power cut, your PC unexpectedly shuts down. Eventually, you may lose your unsaved data. Well, talking about the worst-case scenario, your hard disk may get damaged and you probably cannot retrieve your data from it.

So, if you have a "good-habit" (pun intended) of shutting your PC down forcibly, you need to stop it now if you love your data. Also, each time when the computer is shut down forcibly it will automatically scan the drives of your computer resulting in this message "Scanning and repairing drive", trying to fix the issues that have been occurred during the power cut or unexpected shutdown.

Solution 1. Deploy the Windows Based Error Checking Tool

If you are having such problem what you can do is: deploy the Windows Based Error checking tools so that you can scan and repair any potential issues, down below we have talked about the steps to do it:

Step 1: You need to launch the "File Explorer" window from the Taskbar. You will find a list of options on the left, hit on "This PC".

Step 2: Once you are in "This PC", you have to right-click on the drive that you have seen in the Windows "Scanning and repairing drive" message followed by selecting "Properties".

Step 3: You will see several tabs here, go to the "Tools". You will see the "Check" button under "Error-checking".

Step 4: If there are no errors found, still you will see the option "Scan drive". Since there are no errors you can simply get to the next step or do a force scan by tapping "Scan drive" for your peace of mind.


Step 5: If errors are found after the scanning completes, you will find a new window that pops up. This new window will suggest you repair the drive. Now, you have to click on the "Repair" button.

Step 6: Once done, reboot your PC. Now, the problem "Scanning and repairing drive" must have been resolved.

Solution 2. Checking the status of your drives

By checking the status of your drives, you can know what problems the drive is having. Follow the steps given below:

Step 1: Open Control panel followed by selecting "System and Security". Now you need to click on "Security and Maintenance".

Step 2: After that, select "Maintenance". Now under the "Drive status" section, you'll have the required status.


Alternate Method: Use WMIC

You can also check your hard disk status with WMIC. Here's how to do it.

Step 1: Hit "Windows and R" key and punch in "cmd" followed by entering to launch the command prompt.


Step 2: Over command prompt, enter the command "wmic" followed by entering and then type "diskdrive get status" and press the Enter button again.

Step 3: As soon as you do it, the status of your hard disk will be reported.


Solution 3.  Launch the CHKDSK scan in Safe Mode

CHKDSK is an awesome and quick method to check the drives of your computer if there is any system file error or issues in that particular drive. Here's what you need to do:

Step 1: Boot Windows 10 into the safe mode. For this, sign out of your Windows account and hold down the SHIFT key while you select "Restart" from the "Power" button.

Step 2: You'll now be in Windows Recovery and then opt for the "Troubleshoot" option followed by "Advanced options". Now, select "Startup Settings" and then "Enable Safe Mode with command prompt".


Step 3: Now over command prompt, you have to type a simple command followed by the Enter key: "chkdsk X: /f"

Note: X in the above command is the drive letter that you want to scan and repair.


Step 4: You're done, restart your computer once the process completes.

Solution 4: Running the Repair-Volume-DriveLetter command in Safe Mode

To run the Repair-Volume-DriveLetter command we will be using the Powershell, this will scan the drives for potential errors. Down below there is a step to do it.

Step 1: Run your PC into Safe Mode using the steps above.

Step 2: Type "Powershell" in the Search box and run it as an administrator by right-clicking over it.

Step 3: Now you need to enter the simple command "repair-volume -driveletter X".

Note: X is the drive that you want to scan and fix the error on.


Step 4: Now, reboot your computer once the process is completed.

Bonus Tip: Check the Disk Connection

If you have recently displaced hard disks of your computer and replaced it. But afterward, you find "Scanning and repairing drive" appearing over your screen. Then this might be the case of loose connection. As while replacing the hard disk of your computer it could be possible that there might be some connection problem between disks and PC. So recheck your ports and ensure that all the ports are connected properly.

How to recover data from the computer when all solutions fail to fix the issue?

An unbootable system is indeed a headache and the situation is completely imaginable. Therefore, to lighten your burden, let us introduce you to a tool that can help you retrieve your C drive data. The name is Recoverit and it is of great assistance when you're facing such issues and wonder where and how to get your data back. The tool is completely secure and easy to use. Let us know how you can get the recovery job done.

Step 1: Create a bootable drive




Note: Now, you need to change your computer's boot sequence before starting to recover data from unbootable Windows 10. Learn more, check out this article.


Step 2: Recover data from unbootable Windows 10

Now, enter into the BIOS interface by restarting and pressing the F12 key on the first boot screen. There can be different keys for different systems. Once done, the Recoverit application will appear. Using the WinPE bootable drive, simply retrieve whatever data that you require from your hard disk.


Why Do So Many People Experience This Issue for Different Reasons?

We hope that this article had helped you in solving your problem you were going through. In this article we talk about, why do you get a message like "Scanning and repairing drive C". We have talked about some of the simplest strategies and remedies with which if you are going, you can solve your problems easily.

Not only this, in this article we are introducing an awesome application that allows you to recover your lost data. Now you don't have to worry if you have lost your data in any way.

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Theo Lucia

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