Subsequently, always backup your data before running it to avoid suffering a costly data loss.
3. Boot your PC from Windows installation media
- Insert your Windows installation DVD or USB Recovery Disc/ System Repair Disc in the relevant drive.
- Force your PC to shut down by long-pressing the power button.
- Now power on your PC, and press any key to boot from CD or DVD.
- Select your keyboard layout, time and language, and click Next.
- Press R or click Repair your computer.
- Choose Troubleshoot from the Choose an option window.
- Click Command Prompt.
- Type chkdsk c: /f/r then press Enter (c is the drive letter).
What to do if the Windows 10 scanning and drive repairing error hangs
- Insert your Windows 10 Installation disc.
- Restart the PC.
- To boot from the CD or DVD, press any keyboard key.
- Choose your keyboard layout, time and language, and click Next
- Select Repair your computer.
- Click on Troubleshoot.
- Click on the Advanced options, and select Command Prompt.
- Type the command sfc /scannow and press Enter.
Sometimes Windows 10 seemingly freezes before completing the process of scanning and repairing drive errors.
When this happens, the procedure of repairing drive C: becomes stuck at a certain percentage for hours on end.
In such cases, you can first try the system file checker (SFC). This may help as it also scans and restores any corruption in system files that could be causing the freeze.
You can retry the scan after your computer completes the sfc tests.
You may even be forced to re-install Windows 10 if the freeze doesn’t go away even after implementing the above suggestions.
What to do if your disk is found to have errors
If at the end the tool finds errors, the system will request you to restart right away to allow it to fix the errors.
There is also the alternative to schedule the restart to later. We would recommend that you reboot right away.
Once in a while, Windows 10 persists in telling you to scan drive for errors even after you have restarted. Well, this could mean several things with each calling for a different action.
Here are some probabilities and suggested fixes:
- Your disk has been affected by a vicious malware attack: Try to scan your PC with an updated antivirus.
- There’s a problem with Windows update: Try to download and install the latest updates.
We hope that our solutions helped you to solve the scan drive for errors in Windows 10 notification. If you have any other solution suggestions or questions, you can write to us in the comment section below.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in February 2019 and was revamped and updated in January 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.