Windows is smart and has its own diagnostic tool that can scan and inform user of any issues within their hard drive. If the tool detects any issues that may cause hard drive failure, it popup a warning message saying “Windows detected a hard disk problem”.
If you receive this warning message, you should pay attention that your hard disk will fail soon if you keep the error message appearing without doing any rescue. Thus, we would tell you how to backup the hard drive it in case of data loss, just as Windows suggests.
Solutions to fix the hard disk problem is backup of course. And first of you may think of Windows Backup and Restore, but it only works for the operating system. Thus, another third-party software which can deal with hard drive backup is necessary. There are two kinds of software that are helpful, the first one is professional backup software, and the second one is disk copy software. The main difference is that backup requires restore but drive copy won’t need this process. Thus, we recommend using MiniTool Partition Wizard to migrate OS and transfer all data and programs to the new hard disk before you are caught by a hard disk problem.
Here is a guide on how to replace HDD by copying hard drive to another one:
Step 1: Connect a new hard disk to your computer or put it in an external HDD enclosure. Make sure it can be recognized by Windows.
Step 2: Download, install and launch MiniTool Partition Wizard. Select the disk that Windows reports hard drive problem and choose “Copy” from the operation menu.
Step 3: Select the new connected hard disk as destination drive, and then click “Next” to continue. You should know that the target disk will be cleaned for this copy operation, so a backup may be necessary.
Step 4: Select a copy option and then click “Next” to continue.
Step 5: You will see a message saying how to boot from the destination drive. Although you are doing a backup, you may also need to pay attention to. At last, click “Apply” to make these changes effective.
If Windows stuck at loading file, you can see this post to find the answer;
for more information about hard disk problem, please visit Windows Detected a Hard Disk Problem.
When disk cloning is completed, you can keep using the original hard drive or just remove the old hard disk and connect the new one to replace the old disk. It is up to you. But when you replace the source drive, then “Windows detected a hard disk problem” will be solved.
In summary, disk clone feature of MiniTool Partition Wizard ensures the new hard disk completely takes over the place of the old one while keeping OS and all your data and software intact. If you are among the ones who is puzzling on hard drive problem, you can have a try.
Download MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition which works on Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10.