QUICK FIX: Windows Gets Stuck During Hard Drive Scan

Ivan Jenic By: Ivan Jenic
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We should defragment and check our hard drivers for errors on the regular basis, because it is good for the health of your hard drive. But even those useful operations have their bugs and bad sides.

Some users have reported that their drive scan stopped at the certain point, and they didn’t know what to do. And if you’re one of them, here’s a solution for your problem.
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Hard Drive Scan freezes Windows PC

  1. Use System Configuration
  2. Use Chkdsk Command
  3. Run Disk Cleanup

Solution #1 – Use System Configuration

  1. Go to Search
  2. Type msconfig in the search box, and then click on msconfig.
  3. On the Services tab of the System Configuration dialog box, click on Hide all Microsoft services check box, and then choose Disable all.hide all microsoft services
  4. On the Startup tab of the System Configuration dialog box, click on Open Task Manager.
  5. On the Startup tab in Task Manager, for each startup item, select the item and then click Disable.disable startup programs
  6. Close Task Manager.
  7. On the Startup tab of the System Configuration dialog box, tap or click OK, and then restart the computer.

Solution #2 – Use Chkdsk Command in Command Prompt

There’s another way to solve this issue through Command Prompt. Here’s how you should do it.

Restart the computer, and let Windows perform the complete disk check. Windows will repair the all possible file system errors automatically. After that, manually run the Chkdsk command from Command Prompt to check the drive for any further errors. To perform this command do the following:
Start Command Prompt as administrator.
Type the following command, and then press Enter:

  • chkdsk /scan

After cmd completes the scan, you’ll be notified about the found errors.
If any errors are found, run the following command in the next line to fix the errors:

  • chkdsk /spotfix

Make sure you save all your work before performing this action in Command Prompt, because the chkdsk command sometimes require you to restart your computer, or even restarts it automatically.

Solution #3 – Run Disk Cleanup

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Temporary files and junk files may also cause your PC to freeze or crash during hard drive scan. Make sure to eliminate this possible cause off your list by using the Disk Cleanup feature.

To do this, you need to right-click the problematic hard drive and go to Properties. Click on the General tab and select Disk Cleanup. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

We hope that these three solutions helped you fix the problem. For additional hard drive troubleshooting guides, check out the posts below:

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2014 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.


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