How to Fix a Corrupted Hard Drive

By T.M. Wit

If your hard drive is corrupted, you will need to correct the problem in order to restore your computer to full functionality. In Windows, hardware corruption can occur due to bad exits, such as power failure. Windows includes native functionality to correct data corruption on hard drives. To correct the problem you will need to run a program called chkdsk. Running chkdsk will take approximately 45 minutes, depending on the speed of your computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows

Step 1

Log in to your computer with an administrator level account.

Step 2

Click on the "Start" button, found in the lower left hand corner of your desktop.

Step 3

Click on the "Run" icon, then enter "cmd" into the command line.

Step 4

Type in "chkdsk \f" at the command line.

Step 5

Restart your computer and allow for chkdsk to finish in order to complete your operation.