How to fix hard drive error code 301?

Irrespective of the fact, whether you are running Windows 10, Windows 8.1, or Windows 8, 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.

“The SMART Hard Disk check has detected an imminent failure. To ensure not 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:

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

But, the point is how to resolve 301 Hard Drive Error. However, before stepping ahead with the solution, let’s first have a quick overview of when does it happens and what are its causes.

When does hard drive show error code 301?

The error code 301 usually arises at the time system or laptop boot.

What are the causes of 301 hard drive error?

Several reasons may lead to this error. Striking ones are:

  • SMART hard disk check Failure
  • Broken IDE/SATA controller chip in the Motherboard

Well, whatever be the cause, you need to resolve it.

How to fix 301 hard drive error?

Solution 1: BIOS Menu

Step 1: Remove the hard drive

Step 2: Reconnect it

Step 3: Start the Windows System and keep pressing F10. (It lets you enter BIOS menu)

Step 4: Now, choose an option to run a test on the Hard Drive ( You can find it under Advanced or Diagnostic)

Step 5: Next, wait for test completion

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

Solution 2: Run chkdsk

It might be possible that bad sectors, directory errors, cross-linked files, lost clusters, and more are causing it. In that case, you can use chkdsk to repair the same.

Steps are:

Step 1: Go to System Recovery Options

Step 2: Run chkdsk /f /r

Step 3: Choose Command Prompt to start disk repairing

Step 4: Insert Windows installation disc

Step 5: Restart the System

Step 6: Click the Start button followed by arrow next to the Lock button

Step 7: Now, choose the Language Settings. Click Next

Step 8: Click on the Repair option

Step 9: Choose the desired Operating System to Click Next

Step 10: Now, on the menu of System Recovery Options, select Command Prompt

Step 11: Type ‘Chkdsk /f /r X:( drive letter)’ AND Press Enter

Step 12: Now, system will Restart and prompt you to verify the disk, PRESS Y

Step 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.

Solution 3: Verify a Drive for Errors

It might be possible that physical issues or performance issues are causing it. In such case, you can check a drive.

Steps are:

Step 1: Click Start and click on Computer

Step 2: Select the drive and right-click on it

Step 3: Select Properties

Step 4: Next, click on Tools Tab

Step 5: Now, under Error-checking option, choose to Check Now ( You require Administrator Permission for it)

Step 6: Next, select Automatically fix file system errors (With this, you can fix all the files errors on the drive)

Step 7: Next, click on Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors (With this, you can resolve all the physical errors on the drive)

Step 8: Click Start.

If it also fails, don’t lose hope.

What then is the Solution?

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

It is because Stellar Data Recovery has more than 2 decades of experience in dealing with hard drive failure.  Above all, we are acknowledged with CIO Choice 2017 Award for Best Data Recovery Services.

If we also go by statistics, then you will be amazed to see that every year, we securely and efficiently handled 35000+ Data Recovery Jobs.  And, because of this only we have attained a wide clientele of almost 2 Million+ satisfied customer across 15 locations in India.

Here’s An Overview Of Stellar’s Successful Recoveries 2016

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  • Dedicated R & D team
  • Risk-Free Recovery assurance
  • Experienced Data Recovery Experts
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Wrapping Up!

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

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