How to Fix A Dying Hard Drive: Every Tried-and-Tested Solution

How to Fix A Dying Hard Drive?

Did your hard drive die and now you can’t seem to operate it anymore? Simply read this post to learn how to fix a dying hard drive in different ways.

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Jul 15, 2021 • Filed to: Answer Hard Drive Problems • Proven solutions

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“Is my hard drive dying? Whenever I turn my computer on, the hard drive makes a clicking sound. Can someone tell me what to do if my hard drive is failing?”

As a friend of mine asked me this, I realized that a lot of people suffer from a corrupt or dying hard drive issue. Even if your hard drive has died, there are a few precautionary measures that you can take. Besides that, there are a few things that you can do to revive a dying hard drive again. In this post, I will let you know how to fix a dying hard drive and diagnose any related issues like a pro.

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Common Symptoms for a Failing Hard Drive

Before we discuss how to fix a dying hard drive, let’s look at some of its common symptoms that would help you catch this issue in the first place.

Failing Hard Drive Symptom


How to Diagnose if Your Hard Disk is Dying or Not?

By closely examining the above-listed symptoms, you can check if your hard drive is dying or not. Apart from that, when I wanted to be certain if my hard drive died or not, I did a quick examination of my disk. If you want, you can also do the same and get the status of your hard drive in the following way.

  1. Firstly, just go to the Start menu from the taskbar and look for “Command Prompt”. Make sure that you open Command Prompt as an administrator on your system.
  2. Once the Command Prompt window is launched, just type the “wmic diskdrive get status” command and press enter.

Command to Check Hard Drive Status

This would automatically check the present health status of your hard drive and would let you know. If the Status is “Ok” then it means that your hard drive is working smoothly. In case you get errors like “Bad”, “Unknown”, or “Corrupt”, then it implies your hard drive is failing.


What Should You Do After Realizing Your Hard Drive is Going to Fail?

When I realized that my hard drive died, the first thing I did was to take a backup of my data. In this way, you can preserve your important files from getting lost or deleted. If your hard drive also died, then take the assistance of AOMEI Backupper. It is a dedicated application that can take an entire backup of your system. You can maintain an image of your system, select a disk to back up, or even pick the folders of your choice to save.

To learn how to back up your entire disk using AOMEI Backupper, you can follow this basic drill.

Step 1: Select the Disk Backup option

To begin with, just install and launch the AOMEI Backupper application on your system. From here, you can choose to back up the entire system, disks, partitions, or folders. If your hard drive died, then you can pick the “Disk Backup” option instead.

AOMEI Backupper Disk Backup

Step 2: Choose the Drive to Back up

To proceed, you can just select which drive you want to include in the backup. Just click on the “Add Disk” button to proceed.

AOMEI Backupper Select Source

This will simply display a list of the available disks present in your system. From here, you can just select the drive that is failing and click on the “Add” button.

AOMEI Backupper Disk Added

Step 3: Select a Location to Save the Backup

Afterward, click on the browser tab to select a location to save the backup. If your disk is has been corrupted, then you can select any other location (or even an external hard drive) to save the backup.

AOMEI Backupper Select Destination

Step 4: Back up your data successfully

That’s it! Once you have selected the location to save the backup, just click on the “Start Backup” button and simply wait for the process to be completed.

AOMEI Backupper Start Backup

If you want, you can click on the gear icon from the bottom to get more settings. This will let you select a preferred action (like restart or shut down) that you wish to perform after completing the backup.

AOMEI Backupper Backup Settings

Just wait for a while now and let AOMEI Backupper complete the process. When it is done, you will be notified and can restart your system. If you want, you can check the backup file from here and can later use it to restore your data.

AOMEI Backupper Backup Completed


How to Fix a Dying Hard Drive: Possible Solutions

By now, I was able to check if my hard drive is dying or whether there is any other issue with my system. In case your hard drive died and you are facing some issues with it, then I would recommend the following methods to fix it.

Fix 1: Check or Replace the Power Cables

Before you take any drastic measures, make sure that the hard drive is connected properly in our system. To check this, you can just open the case of your system and verify if the data/power cable is connected properly or not. You can also clean the drive, its box, and connected cables from here.

If there is an issue with the power/data cable, then you can get a new one as well. You can connect it to the same or existing slot in your system. In case any changes are made, then you can go to the BIOS settings on your system to correct its booting sequence.

Hard Drive Cables

Fix 2: Repair the Drive via Windows Disk Check

Windows also has an inbuilt disk checking feature that you can use to scan the status of your drive and fix it. To learn how to fix a dying hard drive via Windows Disk Checkup, you can just launch My Computer (or This PC) on the Explorer.

Now, just select the drive’s icon, right-click it, and go to its Properties from the context menu. As the Properties window would open, visit the “Tool” tab and click on the “Check” button under the Error Checking feature.

Windows Disk Checkup

This will automatically open the disk checking wizard that you can follow to revive your hard drive and repair it.

Fix 3: Update the Hard Disk Drivers

When was the last time you updated your drivers or the firmware? If it has been a while, then an old or unsupported driver can also make your hard drive die. Thankfully, when my hard drive died, I was able to fix it by following this approach.

To update the drivers, you can just go to the Start Menu and look for “Device Manager”. You can also find it in Control Panel > Computer Management > Device Manager. Once the Device Manager window is opened, go to the Disk Drivers option to find your hard drive’s drivers.

Update Hard Drive Drives

That’s it! You can now just right-click the driver and choose to update it. This will open another click-through wizard that you can follow to update your hard drive’s drivers.

Fix 4: Reset or Rollback the Drivers

Apart from updating the drivers you can also reset or roll back their settings to learn how to fix a dying hard drive. Once you visit the Device Manager, right-click the driver’s icon to go to its Properties.

Now, to reset the drive, you can choose to disable it first and wait for a while. Afterward, you can follow the same drill but select the “Enable Drive” option instead to reset it.

Besides that, in the driver properties window, you can also find an option to roll back the update. Just click on the “Roll Back Driver” button to reverse the recent update and change its settings.

Roll Back Hard Drive Drivers

Fix 5: Update the Windows Firmware

Apart from drivers or the security settings, there could be an issue with your Windows firmware as well. It can also be a reason for your dead hard drive that you can easily fix. Just go to your system’s Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. From here, you can view the recently available updates and upgrade the firmware of your system easily.

Widows Update Firmware

Fix 6: Consult a Professional or Use a Repairing Tool

Well, if nothing else seems to work and your hard drive is still dying, then I would recommend considering a professional. You can go to the service center of the relevant brand to get it fixed. There are also a few trusted DIY hard drive repairing tools that you can further explore to revive your dead hard drive on your own.


How to Recover Data from a Failing Hard Drive?

By now, I have already discussed what to do if my hard drive is failing and how to revive it. Though, if you have lost your important data in the process and your hard drive has been corrupted, then you can use Wondershare Recoverit Data Recovery. A professional and user-friendly application, it will let you retrieve your deleted data from your hard drive easily.

To know how to retrieve your data from a failed hard drive using Recoverit Data Recovery, you can follow these steps:

Step 1: Select a partition/drive to can

At first, you can simply install and launch Recoverit Data Recovery on your computer and select a location to scan. For instance, you can choose a partition, folder, the entire drive, or any external source.

select a partition

Step 2: Let Recoverit scan the selected source

Afterward, just click on the “Start” button and let Recoverit look for your lost or deleted data. There would be an on-screen indicator to show the progress of the scan and you can even halt/stop the process in between.

scan the source

Step 3: Restore your lost/deleted data

Once the scan is over, you can simply view the recovered data that would automatically be listed under different categories. You can visit them or use the inbuilt filters to look for your data based on file size, type, date, etc.

restore the data

On the native interface of Recoverit, you can even get a preview of your photos, videos, audios, documents, and other data types. You can now select what you wish to get back, click on the “Recover” button, and save your extracted files to any location of your choice.

recover the data

After reading this guide on how to fix a dying hard drive, I’m sure you must be able to fix the same issue as well. Apart from including my experience after my hard drive died, I have also listed some smart tips. For instance, you can first diagnose the issue and even take a backup of your data in advance. Alternatively, if your hard drive died instead, then you can simply try Recoverit Data Recovery to restore your deleted content in a jiffy.

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