Some Windows users are reporting an issue in which their computer gets stuck at Repairing disk errors, This might take an hour to complete screen. It usually occurs due to Hard Disk issues. Disk errors can occur for a number of reasons, but they generally happen due to a physical failure, such as a scratched disc or bad sectors on the disk. Recently some users reported experiencing an error message when they start their Windows.
Repairing disk errors, This might take an hour to complete
What is Repairing disk errors this might take an hour?
Disk errors are a common experience on your hard drive. They’re usually not critical, and they can be fixed in just a few minutes. But sometimes you might need to fix disk errors that take a long time. This is because there’s another problem with your hard drive or the computer’s configuration. But before you go out and buy a new hard drive, let this article show you how to repair disk errors that take an hour.
Windows is stuck on Repairing disk errors
This error occurs because of a potentially failing HDD/SDD. We will be seeing all the solutions to fix the error.
- Wait for a few hours and see
- Remove all external devices
- Restart in Safe Mode and use CMD to run chkdsk
- Run Repair-volume command
- Use System Restore
- Run Automatic Startup Repair
- Repair computer using Installation Media
- Check and replace your Hard Disk
Let us talk about them in detail.
1] Wait for a few hours and see
You need to first wait for a few hours or overnight as sometimes, the computer will automatically rectify the error. This is somewhat obvious if you read the error message appearing on your screen. So, wait for some time before moving to the next solution.
2] Remove all external devices
There is a possibility that Windows could detect the external drive as the system boot partition, causing your PC to crash upon booting. To avoid this problem, you first need to disconnect all external drives attached to your computer and then restart your computer. Now check if your PC can boot normally after it starts. If this works, reconnect all your external devices one by one and check which one is causing the problem. When you find the faulty device, replace that with a new one.
Related: How to stop or cancel ChkDsk in Windows.
3] Restart in Safe Mode and use CMD to run chkdsk
Run CHKDSK to repair bad sectors of the Hard Drive. If you know that there are bad sectors in your Hard Drive, try using the CHKDSK command of Command Prompt to rectify the issue.
We know that your computer is not booting, therefore, we have given the following steps to run the command.
- Hold the Shift button and select Power > Restart.
- Go to Choose an option screen > Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.
- Now, select Safe Mode.
- Open Command Prompt and execute the following command.
chkdsk /f C:
This will run the command for the “C” or System drive.
4] Run Repair-volume command
You could run the repair-volume command using Windows PowerShell and see if it helps. These are steps you can use to accomplish this:
Before you go to the steps, note down the drive letter of your external drive.
- Open the elevated Windows PowerShell window on your computer
- Type the following command and press Enter:-
Repair-Volume drive-letter –Scan
Please replace “drive-letter” with your original drive letter in the command line above
- Now run the following commands:
Repair-Volume drive-letter –OfflineScanAndFix
Repair-Volume drive-letter –SpotFix
- Once you complete the steps, wait until the scanning process is complete. Restart your computer when it’s finished.
5] Use System Restore
If you have created a System Restore point, try using it to fix the issue. You can use the following steps to do that.
- Download the Windows 10 ISO file and use a tool to make your USB bootable.
- Select Repair your computer > Troubleshoot > Advanced option > System Restore.
Finally, perform the System Restore and see if the issue is resolved.
6] Run Automatic Startup Repair
If you don’t have a System Restore point, you can run Automatic Startup Repair. To do that, you have to first force Shutdown your computer and then when it starts again, press the power button to shut it down. Do this for 2-3 iterations and you will see the “Preparing Automatic Repair” screen.
If the Automatic Repair is capable of fixing the issue, it will automatically do that you rectify the issue for you.
7] Repair OS using Installation Media
If nothing works, you need to do is repair your computer using Installation Media.
This won’t delete your files, so, you can do that without any worry.
8] Check and replace your Hard Disk
If repairing didn’t work, try checking your Hard Disk, and see if it has malfunctioned. Unfortunately, if your hard disk is irreparable, you have to get a new one.
You can use WMIC to check Hard Disk Health. But since your computer is not booting, you have to plug your Hard Disk into a different system and check its health.
How long does Repairing disk errors take in Windows 10?
It normally takes 10-15 minutes depending on the Disk size and state. But as you can see in the error message itself that it may take an hour to finish – but sometimes, you have to wait for a day before starting the troubleshooting process. So, do that and check if the issue persists. If it does not get fixed automatically, you can refer to the aforementioned solutions.
How do I fix the Hard Disk error?
If you are sure that Hard Disk has malfunctioned, there is always a way to fix the issue. There is a command that you can run to rectify the issue. You need to run the CHKDSK command (aforementioned) to fix the Hard Disk error on your computer.
What causes Repairing disk errors?
The most common cause for repairs is system file corruption or registry error. When these files are corrupted, Windows is unable to run, which causes the error message to pop up. And since Windows 10 is mostly reliant on system files, it’s pretty easy for it to malfunction when they get corrupted. Some other common causes include malware infection, stuck keys in keyboard or mouse, hard drive failure.