How to Fix SMART Hard Disk Error Code 301?

Irrespective of the fact, whether you are running Windows 10, Windows 8.1, or Windows 8, SMART 301 Hard Drive Error is an unexpected error message indicating your hard disk drive (HDD) or the solid-state drive (SSD) failure. You usually face it at the moment when you turn on your laptop or system.

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“The SMART Hard Disk check has detected an imminent failure. To ensure no data loss, please backup the content immediately and run the hard disk test in system diagnostic. Hard Disk 1 (301), want to continue press enter”

Smart 301 hard drive error

When this arises, it clearly indicates two things. These are:

  • The device is expecting a failure soon
  • Device failure has taken place

But, the point is how to resolve the SMART 301 Hard Drive Error.

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How to fix SMART 301 hard disk error?

Run test in BIOS Menu

  1. Remove the hard drive
  2. Reconnect it
  3. Start the Windows System and keep pressing F10. (It lets you enter the BIOS menu)
  4. Now, choose an option to run a test on the Hard Drive ( You can find it under Advanced or Diagnostic)
  5. Next, wait for the test completion

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If, you still see the message, try solution 2.

Run chkdsk command

It might be possible that bad sectors, directory errors, cross-linked files, lost clusters, and more are causing 301 errors. In that case, you can use chkdsk to repair the smart hard disk error. Steps are:

  1. Go to System Recovery Options
  2. Run chkdsk /f /r
  3. Choose Command Prompt to start disk repairing
  4. Insert Windows installation disc
  5. Restart the System
  6. Click the Start button followed by the arrow next to the Lock button
  7. Now, choose the Language Settings, then click next
  8. Then click on the Repair option
  9. Choose the desired Operating System to Click Next
  10. Now, on the menu of System Recovery Options, select Command Prompt
  11. Type ‘Chkdsk /f /r X:( drive letter)’ AND Press Enter
  12. Now, the system will restart and prompt you to verify the disk, then PRESS Y
  13. Lastly, close all the Applications and Restart the system

Note: When you run the chkdsk, there are chances of losing data. So, take a backup of your files before running check disk.

If it also fails, try out solution 3.

Verify a Drive for Errors

It might be possible that physical issues or performance issues are causing hard drive 301 error. In such a case, you can check a drive. Steps are:

  1. Click Start and then click on Computer
  2. Select the drive and right-click on it
  3. Select Properties
  4. Next, click on Tools Tab
  5. Now, under Error-checking option, choose to Check Now ( You require Administrator Permission for it)
  6. Next, select Automatically fix file system errors (With this, you can fix all the files errors on the drive)
  7. Next, click on Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors (With this, you can resolve all the physical errors on the drive)
  8. Click Start.

If it also fails, then don’t lose hope.

The solution to fix the error:

It might be possible that even after practicing all these methods, you still are facing this issue. In such a case, contact a professional data recovery expert like Stellar Data Recovery.

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When SMART hard disk error code 301 occurs?

The SMART hard disk error code 301 usually occurs at the time when the computer or laptop boot.

What are the causes of 301 hard drive error?

Hard Disk 301 error occurs due to several reasons. Following are some of the reasons that cause hard disk 301 error.

  1. SMART hard disk check Failure
  2. Broken IDE/SATA controller chip in the Motherboard
  3. Unexpected shutdown
  4. Physical damage to the hard drive
  5. Outdated or Misconfigured BIOS
  6. Virus attacks

Well, whatever be the cause, you need to resolve the Smart hard disk error.

Wrapping Up!

Hard Drive is just like the heart of the computer. If it fails; then the entire workflow will halt, and data will be at stake. Thus, early detection and early resolving smart hard disk error using the right data recovery approach is a viable option to avoid further aggravation.

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