Common hard drive error messages and their solutions

The hard drives keep all our favorite memories, documents, and music stored in them for a long time. It is one of the most significant devices that operate the computer. Over the years, hard disks have gained a lot of popularity as a source of storage. With the advancement in technology, the drives have evolved so much over the last few years. No matter how popular the hard disks or hard drives get, there will always be some technical glitches or issues that might result in their failure. The failure can further lead to severe data loss issues. But, before the complete breakdown, the hard drives tend to display some error messages.

How many times has it happened that you switched on your laptop and a message popped on your screen that said, “Hard disk failure is imminent?” If you claim that you never witnessed the message, you are quite fortunate. While this is just one type of error message you could face, hard drive failures generally occur in a plethora of strange ways. Before plunging into the kinds of errors and their solutions, let us get acquainted with types of hard drive failures.

  • Physical hard drive failure

These are those types of abrupt failures that occur without any warning. They happen even before you can take any action against it. In this scenario, your hard drive will work till the end before shutting down. But the worst part about physical failure is that the data recovery becomes very difficult. Grinding or clicking noises are the most significant signs that indicate issues in the hard drive.

  • Logical hard drive failure

When logical failures occur in a hard drive, there are chances that some files might seem infected or corrupted. You would know that your hard drive is suffering from a logical failure when there are signs like missing files, failure of the system to boot, notifications indicating failure or inaccessible hard drive and blue screen of death.

Now that you are familiar with the type of failures, let us plunge into the different types of errors, their causes, and their solutions.

  • Hard Drive I/O Device error

This error occurs in the form of a popup in your hard drive when your computer is not able to execute output or input functions on the hard drive. There are a plethora of error messages that get displayed on your hard drive. Some of them involve, “Only part of read process memory or write process memory request was completed” and “The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.”

What can be the common causes of the error?

  • There are chances that the hardware does not recognize the transfer mode being used by Windows.
  • Your hard drive may be damaged, incompatible, or outdated.
  • Hard drive error BIOHD-8

The system restarts as soon as this error occurs. It is an S. M. A.R.T drive error code that indicates that the hard drive is failing and cannot be adequately connected. This error generally occurs in the motherboards of computers.

What can be the cause of this error?

This error can occur either due to degenerate download or the fragmented establishments of Windows programming. Virus infection, malware attack, or definement in the Windows registry can be some more of the reasons for this error message. An assortment of variables is also responsible for this runtime error.

  • Smart hard drive error 301

This error generally occurs to indicate that the hard drive is expected to crash soon. This popup helps in providing you with a warning to take a backup of your data. There are chances that all your data would be lost once the drive crashes.

What can possibly be the cause of this error?

This error might be due to the failure of a SMART hard disk check. As you know, SMART stands for Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology. There are also chances that the IDE/SATA controller chip in your system’s motherboard has broken. Either that or the malware has infected your device.

  • Hard drive Error 0X8007 lac 3: Volume is dirty

Whenever you attempt to connect external hardware, there are chances that this error might occur. If there is any problem with the system while connecting and external file storage system.

What can possibly be the cause of this error?

This error may generally occur because of the bad sectors in the hard drive. And the cause of the bad sectors is the abrupt system shutdown because of power failure. The defective, outdated device drivers, the ReadyBoost functionality, computer errors, or bad sectors on the externally connected device can be the common cause of this error.

  • Blue Screen of Death Error

This is one of the most daunting pop errors in the history of errors. This generally occurs when there is some critical or fatal system error. After the blue screen appears, your computer may immediately start rebooting in the safe mode. And if the device fails to do that, then it can be a sign of hard drive failure.

What can possibly be the cause of this error?

Either your hard drive has failed due to a physical issue, or there are bad sectors on your hard drive.

  • Repartitioning the hard drive

This error generally occurs when you lose your hard drive data during repartitioning. This phenomenon includes typically shrinking or increasing one partition, reallocating its space, creating a new partition, and deleting the old one. There are chances that your files are lost, and you may encounter other errors such as ‘Exception Processing Message.”

What can possibly be the cause of this error?

This error can occur if any interruption or incorrect action occurs during repartitioning. Sudden system shut down in the middle of the operation may also result in huge data loss. If the partition table gets corrupted during repartitioning, the chances of this error to occur are maximum.

  • The parameter is incorrect

This is undoubtedly one of the most common issues associated with external storage drives. This issue prevents users from copying files, and it even makes the drives inaccessible. After this error occurs, you cannot transfer the data from the external hard disk to any other location of the computer.

What can possibly be the cause of this error?

This error may occur due to the power supply from a weak or lousy USB port. If the user is directly unplugging a hard drive from the computer in an improper manner, then this issue is most likely to occur.

  • Hard drive error code: 0142

If this error occurs, there are chances of some serious issues with your hard drive. This issue is most likely to cause hard drive failure, operating system crash, and CPU crash.

What can possibly be the cause of this error?

  • SATA or ATA cable connections are loose or faulty.
  • Mechanical parts such as electric motors or moving parts of the hard drive have worn off or failed.
  • Misalignment of the connections related to the hard drive can cause this error.
  • Hard drive head crash error

This error symbolizes that some physical damage was caused when the read/write head and the spinning platter came in contact. When this error occurs, you won’t be able to boot your computer. And if you try, you will hear grinding and clicking sounds.

What can possibly be the cause of this error?

When the read/write head and the spinning platter come into contact, the magnetic coating of the platter tends to get damaged. This might start as small impairments, but dust particles tend to cause damage to the other heads as well. This often leads to a more severe issue.

  • Windows detected a hard drive problem

When you get a popup error message that goes like, “Windows detected hard drive problem,” there are chances of a failing hard drive. You are most likely to lose your data, and your system may get corrupted. At worst, your computer might also stop booting.

What can possibly be the cause of this error?

  • There are chances of your files getting damaged due to incomplete installation of the program. Significant file deletion and the abrupt computer shut down are some of the consequences of this error.
  • Your device is infected with malware or a virus.
  • The error can also occur due to logical or mechanical issues such as bad sectors and file system corruption.
  • Fragmented files, RAM decline, and registry error are some of the system errors causing this pop up to occur.

Rather than plunging into solving the issues yourself, it is recommended you take it to the professional data recovery services. Idevice is home to some skilled technicians that are sure to provide an effective solution to all the issues associated with the hard disk. And the best thing is that the services are affordable and within the reach of every customer.