There are a set of troubleshooting steps to guide you to fix common errors found on your hard disk. Here’s how do I check if my hard drive is failing (how to recover a failing hard drive on Mac).
Way 1: Restart Your PC
Whether you are experiencing a slow speed or an exact software conflict, you should turn off your computer. Then, wait 30-60 seconds and turn the computer on again to see whether it works.
Actually, the quick shutdown of PC is useful for troubleshooting problems related to memory, software, and miscellaneous issues. By clearing the stored memory, you can solve many PC problems.
Way 2: Check Cable & USB Ports
Sometimes, you connected a hard disk to your computer, but find it doesn’t show up. You should change a connection able or change a USB port (or connect it to another computer) to see whether the hard drive can be recognized.
The hard disk would show up after checking the cable and USB port in many cases. Yet, if the hard drive not detected problem still persists, you should read this post which focuses on external hard drive troubleshooting:
The problem – external hard drive not showing up/recognized/detected – can be fixed easily by following ways.
Way 3: Check Disk for Errors
Microsoft provides users with a built-in tool to check hard disk for errors. You can run the error checking tool by following 2 methods.
Method one: run in File Explorer.
- Open File Explorer and find the disk which has problems.
- Right click on the hard disk with errors.
- Choose Properties.
- Navigate to Tools bar in the Properties window.
- Click on the Check button.
- Select Scan and repair drive to start detecting & fixing disk errors.