How Do You Fix a Hard Drive With Detected Imminent Failure?

Tetra Images/Getty Images

With a PC, if a hard drive failure is imminent, the user typically needs to replace it after creating a set of recovery discs and backing up personal files to another hard drive or USB storage device. After installing the new drive and performing system recovery, the OS should be loaded. Personal files can be uploaded to the new hard drive after recovery.

To create recovery discs, refer to the documents that are a match with the Windows version installed on the PC. In some instances, a message regarding hard drive failure may be a false positive. To fix a false positive, users can try updating the firmware on the computer. Checking for a firmware update involves clicking the applicable links with respect to the computer’s software and drivers and inserting the model number for the PC. If an update is available, users should install the program so future false positive errors do not appear.

Users who keep using the drive while knowing it could fail should consolidate by utilizing a disk defragmenter program. Doing so minimizes the risk of loss. Users should run the tool periodically to enhance hard drive performance. Regularly backing up files to an external storage device ensures the data can be accessed if the hard drive does fail.