Some users who have upgraded to Windows 11 from Windows 10 are reporting that they encounter disk errors on Microsoft’s new desktop operating system. Even after performing disk cleanup on Windows 11 and clearing their PC’s cache, the problem still persists and some people cannot log in to their PC. If you are also in the same boat and encounter the “repairing disk errors” problem in Windows 11, don’t worry. In this guide, we’ve included seven ways to fix disk errors in Windows 11. From CHKDSK scanning to checking the disk for system errors, we’ve covered it all. So without further ado, let’s jump right into the guide.
Repair Disk Errors in Windows 11 (2022)
We have mentioned 7 ways to fix disk errors on Windows 11 in this guide. Some users face disk errors intermittently, while others are locked out of their PC with “repair disk errors” popping up on their screen. We have mentioned solutions for all kinds of disk problems here, so we suggest you go through all the sections.
1. Check disk for system errors
1. First, press the Windows 11 keyboard shortcut “Windows + E” to open File Explorer. Now right click on the “C” drive and open “Properties”.
2. Here, switch to “Toolsand click “Check” under “Error Checking”.
3. Then click “Scan drive” in the pop-up window. Windows 11 will now check for system errors in the drive, and if a problem is detected, it will allow you to repair the disc.
2. Run the CHKDSK repair command
If the above method did not fix disk errors in Windows 11, follow this method. CHKDSK is Windows’ built-in command-line tool to fix all kinds of disk-related errors. Here is how to use the CHKDSK repair command:
1. Press the Windows key once and type “cmd”. Now click “Run as administrator” on the right pane to open the command prompt with administrator privileges.
2. Once you are in the CMD window, type the command below and press Enter. It will inform you that your Windows 11 PC needs a restart to start the CHKDSK scan. Type
y and press Enter.
chkdsk /f C:
3. Now go ahead and restart your PC. Windows 11 will run the CHKDSK scan, which may take a while, so be patient and wait for it to complete.
4. After the scan, Windows 11 will start automatically. To check the CHKDSK scan result, press the Windows key once and search for “Event Viewer“.
5. Open Event Viewer, expand the “Windows logsin the left sidebar and go to “Application”. Scroll down and find the last “Wininit” entry under the “Source” column in the right pane.
6. Open the “Wininit” entry and examine the results of the CHKDSK scan. If Windows 11 says there is no disk error, you’re ready. If it shows disk errors, investigate the error further and search the web for a solution.
3. Defragment the hard drive
If you are running Windows 11 on a mechanical hard drive, you can try defragmenting the drive. This fixes most basic disk error issues. That said, if you’re using an SSD, defragmentation isn’t recommended. This will reduce the life of your SSD.
1. Press the Windows key once and search for “defragment“. Now open “Defragment and optimize drives”.
2. Here, select C drive, click “To optimise“, and let Windows complete the defragmentation process.
3. Once the process is complete, restart Windows 11, and disk errors should be corrected.
4. Fix disk errors in Windows 11 with PowerShell
If you still encounter “repairing disk errors” issue in Windows 11, try to fix it with PowerShell’s Repair-Volume command. Here’s how to use it on Windows 11:
1. Press the Windows key and type “powershell“. Now click “Run as administrator” on the right pane to open the window with administrator privileges.
2. In the PowerShell window, copy and paste the command below and press Enter.
Repair-Volume C –OfflineScanAndFix
3. After that, run the command mentioned below.
Repair-Volume C –Scan
4. After the repair process is complete, restart Windows 11 and check whether the disk errors have been resolved or not.
5. Troubleshoot from recovery (for PCs unable to connect)
If you are constantly facing the problem “Windows has detected a problem with the hard disk” or “Repairing disk errors” while booting, you will need to troubleshoot your Windows 11 PC from the recovery screen. Here’s how.
1. First of all, shut down your PC completely. Now turn it on and when the Windows loading sign appears turn it off again. Now turn on your PC and turn it off again. Perform this process 2-3 times and Windows 11 will be forced to load the recovery screen. On some computers, pressing F2, F8, or F12 during startup also opens the startup recovery screen, so you can try those keys as well.
2. You will immediately boot into the recovery screen. Here, click “Advanced options“.
3. Then go to “Troubleshooting” and open “Command Prompt“.
4. A command prompt window will now open. Right here, run the commands below one by one. This will attempt to repair startup-related files and allow you to log into your Windows 11 PC.
5. Now, restart your pc and check if the issue has been resolved.
6. Boot into safe mode (for PCs unable to connect)
If the problem is still not solved, you will have to boot into safe mode and perform some of the operations that we have mentioned above. Here are the steps to follow.
1. To boot into safe mode, follow our tutorial on how to boot Windows 11 in safe mode. From the recovery screen, press “4” or “F4” to boot into safe mode.
2. Once there, I suggest perform all operations from method #1 to #4 of this tutorial. Check the disk for system errors first, then run the CHKDSK scan, then defragment the hard drive. Finally, run PowerShell commands to fix disk related errors.
3. Now, restart the PC, and hopefully the disk errors should go away. You will be able to log into your computer without any repair disk errors.
7. Reinstall Windows 11 (for PCs unable to connect)
If nothing has worked so far, your best bet would be to reinstall Windows 11. We’ve written a handy guide on how to install Windows 11 from a USB drive, so follow it for step-by-step instructions. . Note that this process will just wipe C drive (which includes files and folders in Desktop, Downloads, Documents, etc.) and will not affect other drives.
If you still encounter disk errors even after reinstalling Windows 11, the culprit could be the faulty hard drive himself. We suggest replacing the HDD with an SSD for much better performance and longevity.
Windows has detected a hard disk problem? Follow these fixes!
So here are the seven ways to diagnose disk-related errors on your Windows 11 PC. If you are still able to connect to your PC, I suggest you check for errors, fix them, and back up data before things go wrong. spoil themselves with hard drive failure. Anyway, it all comes from us. If you get a black screen on Windows 11, we have also compiled a number of solutions to fix this problem. And if Windows 11 update doesn’t go through and you’re constantly facing “Undoing changes made to your computer” error, follow our guide to fix the problem immediately. Finally, if you have any questions about Windows 11 errors or issues, let us know in the comments section below.