Scanning And Repairing Drive Windows 11 Error [Fixed]

Is your Windows 11 computer stock in a “Scanning And Repairing Drive” error? Do not panic!

This guide offers you two methods to fix this error. But before I get to that, I will explain three things that could cause this error.

After that, you can read the steps to fix this problem.

Finally, I included an FAQ section that answers most other questions you may have about this error.

3 Reasons You May Receive “Scanning and Repairing Drive” Error In Windows 11

3 Reasons You May Receive "Scanning and Repairing Drive" Error In Windows 11

In the following subsection, I explain 3 topmost reasons.

If You Forcefully Shutdown Your Computer

If you shut down your computer by pressing and holding the power button, Windows will not do a “clean” shut down. This may lead to some file corruption.

If some Operating System files get corrupted, it may trigger the “scanning and repairing drive” error in Windows 11.

If You Run CHKDSK With The /F Switch

CHKDSK is a Windows command you can use to scan a Windows disk for file system errors. If you run the CHKDSK command with the /F switch on the Windows installation drive while logged on, the command cannot be completed.

Rather, you’ll receive the message below:

3 Reasons You May Receive Scanning and Repairing Drive Error In Windows 11

If you enter Y and press the enter key, the next time your Windows 11 PC restarts, it will display “scanning and repairing drive.” Ideally, this process should run smoothly, and your computer should start normally.

However, your Windows 11 computer may be stuck on the “scanning and repairing drive” screen on rare occasions.

If Your Hard Disk Has Some Corrupt Sectors

This is yet another reason you may receive the “scanning and repairing drive” error. If the storage disk on your PC has bad sectors, it may also trigger Windows 11 to try to repair the bad sections.

Therefore, you may see the “scanning and repairing drive” message when you restart the computer. As I mentioned earlier, this process should go smoothly.

Unfortunately, Windows 11 may sometimes be stuck in the “scanning and repairing drive” window.

Having explained three primary reasons you may receive this error message, I will now walk you through the steps to fix the error.

Step 1: Boot Windows 11 To Safe Mode

How to Fix “Scanning And Repairing Drive” Error In Windows 11
  1. While your computer displays the message, press and hold the power button until the PC shuts down.
  2. Then, press the button to start your computer. When the computer starts, wait for about 2 seconds. Then, press and hold the power button until the computer shuts down.
  3. At the third hard reboot (pressing the power button to shut your PC down), the PC will display the Recovery screen below. Click See advanced repair options.
How To Fix Scanning And Repairing Drive Error In Windows 10
  1. Then, the PC will display the Choose an option screen – click Troubleshoot.
  1. When your PC displays the Troubleshoot screen, select Advanced options.
How To Fix Scanning And Repairing Drive Error In Windows 10
  1. Your PC will display the Advanced options screen; click Start-up Settings.
  1. Then, on the Start-up Settings screen, click Restart. Your computer will display the Startup Settings screen.
  1. Finally, press the F4 key on your keyboard on the Startup Settings screen. Your computer will start in Safe mode.

    Login with your normal password or PIN. Then, proceed to the next step, below.

Step 2: Use One Of The Methods Below To Fix The “Scanning And Repairing Drive” Windows 11 Error

Once your computer has started in Safe mode, use one of the methods I described in this section to fix the cause of the problem.

Method 1: Check Your Windows 11 Installation Drive For File System Errors

Earlier in this guide, I mentioned that you might receive the “Scanning And Repairing Drive” Windows 11 error because your computer’s disk has bad sectors.

If this is what is causing the error, you can fix it using the steps below:

  1. While logged in to your Windows 11 PC in Safe mode, right-click the Windows Start menu. Then, select File Explorer.
Step 2: Use One Of The Methods Below To Fix The "Scanning And Repairing Drive" Windows 11 Error
  1. Then, on the left pane of File Explorer, expand This PC.
  1. With This PC expanded, locate the computer’s drive C and right-click it. Then, from the displayed options, select Properties.
Step 2: Use One Of The Methods Below To Fix The "Scanning And Repairing Drive" Windows 11 Error
  1. Then, click the Tools tab on the Local Disk (C:) Properties window. On the Tools tab, click the Check button on the Error checking section.
  1. Windows may display a message that it did not find any errors on the drive. Ignore it and click Scab drive. Then, wait for the scan to complete.

    If the scan finds any errors, Windows will allow you to select to repair the errors. Select the option to repair the error.

Step 2: Use One Of The Methods Below To Fix The "Scanning And Repairing Drive" Windows 11 Error
  1. When the process is completed, restart your Windows 11 computer normally.

Try my next recommendation if the steps in method 1 above do not fix the “Scanning And Repairing Drive” Windows 11 error.

Method 2: Run CHKDSK And Restart Your Computer

If you tried method 1 above and restarted your computer before trying the steps in method 2, you must Boot Windows 11 To Safe Mode (link opens on a new browser tab) first.
  1. While logged in to your computer in Safe mode, right-click the Start menu and select Run.
  1. Then, when the Run window opens, enter the following and click OK.
%WINDIR%\System32

Running this command in Run will open the System32 folder.

Step 2: Use One Of The Methods Below To Fix The "Scanning And Repairing Drive" Windows 11 Error
  1. Then, on the System32 folder, locate cmd (you can type cmd on your keyboard with the folder open). Right-click cmd and select Run as administrator.

    This action will open the command prompt.

  1. On the command prompt, enter the command below. Then, press the enter key on your keyboard.
CHKDSK /F
  1. Finally, restart your computer.

You will still see “Scanning and Repairing Drive” when you restart your computer. Do not panic.

This time, the CHKDSK command initiated the scan. It should scan successfully and boot your computer normally.

“Scanning and Repairing Drive” Error In Windows 11: Frequently Asked Questions

1. How Do I Fix Disk Errors In Windows 11?

The quickest way to fix disk errors in Windows 11 is to run CHKDSK with the /F swicth. Alternatively, you can right-click the drive with the disk errors, and select Properties.

Then, click the Tools tab and finally, click the Check button on the Error checking section.

2. Why Does My PC Keep Saying Restart To repair Drive Errors?

There are 3 reasons your PC may keep saying to restart and repair disk.

1. If you run the CHKDSK with the /F switch on the system drive
2. You PC will also display disk errors of some sectors of the disk are bad
3. Finally, your PC may keep saying to restart and repair disk if you shut down your computer by pressing the power button.

3. How Long Does It Take A PC To Repair Drive Errors?

A PC may take between 10 to 15 minutes to repair driver errors. However, this is affected by the state of the disk or the size.

4. What Is The Difference Between CHKDSK And SFC?

The difference between CHKDSK and SFC is in what they do. You use CHKDSK to fix disk issues in Windows.

On the other hand, you use SFC to scan the integrity of all protected Windows system files and replaces wrong versions with the valid Microsoft versions.

5. Which Is Better DISM Or SFC?

None is better as they do slightly different jobs. DISM is used to manage Windows images.

On the other hand, when you run SFC, it scans the integrity of Windows files and if it finds any files replaced by malware, it replaces the files with the correct version.

Most times, I used both DISM and SFC to fix Windows problems.

“Scanning and Repairing Drive” Error In Windows 11: My Final Thoughts

"Scanning and Repairing Drive" Error In Windows 11: My Final Thoughts

In this guide I have explained 3 reasons your Windows 11 PC may display the “Scanning and Repairing Drive” error. Then, I offered a step-by-step guide to fix the problem.

For a quick summary, to fix this error, first boot your Windows 11 to Safe mode. Then, run disk check on the drive in question.

Alternatively, while signed in to your PC in Safe mode, run CHKDSK with the /F switch, then restart your computer.

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