How to Fix the ‘Scan Drive for Errors’ Notification on Windows 11

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Written By Larious

Larious is the Executive Editor of LowkeyTech. He is a tech enthusiast and a content writer. 





Last Updated on July 6, 2023 by Larious

Windows 11 is a very new desktop operating system and is still under testing. And if you are using Windows 11, you might already be dealing with many problems. You will get more BSOD errors or driver incompatibility issues if you use the Dev or Beta builds of Windows 11.

Although you can fix most Windows 11 problems, drive errors can stress you out. Recently, many Windows 11 users have reported getting an unusual ‘Scan drive for errors’ notification by the Security and Maintenance component.

The ‘Scan drive for errors’ notification doesn’t pinpoint any specific drive you should check, nor does it tell anything about the problem. Therefore, you must try different troubleshooting methods to find & fix the problematic drive.

Also Read: How to Find Available Memory Slots on Windows 11

Best Ways to Fix the ‘Scan Drive for Errors’ Notification on Windows 11

So, if you constantly get the ‘Scan drive for errors’ notification on your Windows 11 computer, you have landed on the right page. Below, we have shared a few best ways to fix the Scan drive for errors in Windows 11. Let’s get started.

1) Run the CHKDSK Scan via CMD

To fix all types of hard drive-related problems, you need to run the CHKDSK scan. There are multiple ways to run the chkdsk command; the easiest is using the command prompt. Here’s how to run the Chkdsk command via Command Prompt.

1. Click on the Windows 11 search and type in Command Prompt. Next, right-click on the Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.

2. On the Command prompt window, execute the command:

chkdsk /x:

chkdsk /x:

Important: Replace x with the name of the drive you want to scan.

3. Now, wait for a few seconds until the scan completes. Once completed, you need to scan the hard drive for bad sectors. For that, execute the command:

chkdsk /r x:

chkdsk /r x:

Important: Replace x with the name of the drive you want to scan.

That’s it. This will force check disk utility to find and fix any drive-related problems on your Windows 11 computer.

2) Run the Check Disk utility via File Explorer

If you found the command prompt method complicated, you can run the CHKDSK utility from the File Explorer of Windows 11. For that, follow some of the simple steps we have shared below.

1. First, open File Explorer on your Windows 11 PC.

2. Now, right-click on the drive you want to scan and select Properties.


3. On the Drive Properties, switch to the Tools tab as shown below.


4. Underneath Error-checking, click on the Check button.


That’s it. This will run the check disk utility on your Windows 11 computer. You need to wait for a few seconds until the scan completes. Once completed, restart your computer.

3) Run Antivirus/Malware Scan

Sometimes, malware or viruses also create problems with hard disk drive workability. Hence, if the chkdsk command fails to fix your problem, you must run a full antivirus scan.

Windows Security app

If you don’t have an antivirus program, you can use the Windows Security app to run a full virus scan. Or else, you can download & install third-party antivirus software to find and remove viruses, malware, PUPs, and keyloggers from your PC.

4) Run a SMART Test

With the S.M.A.R.T test, you will know whether your hard drive is dying. S.M.A.R.T stands for Self Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology, and it tells you about the condition of your hard drive. Here’s how to run the SMART test in Windows 11.

1. Click on the Windows 11 search and type in Command Prompt. Right-click on the Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.

Run as administrator

2. On the Command Prompt, type in the command and hit Enter.

wmic diskdrive get status

wmic diskdrive get status

3. The SMART test will return with a Status result. If the status shows Ok, your hard drive has no problem. However, if it returns with BAD or Unknown status, it indicates a failing hard drive.

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That’s it. This is how you can run the SMART test in Windows 11. If you got the BAD or Unknown in the SMART test, a professional must check your hard drive.

5) Perform a system restore

If Windows 11 still throws a ‘Scan Drive for Errors’ notification after following all the above methods, you must perform a system restore.

System Restore will probably replace the corrupted system files & incorrect settings, which might fix the problem for you. However, you can perform a system restore only if you’ve set up automatic system restore points.

If your Windows 11 PC already has a system restore point, follow these steps.

1. Click on the Windows 11 search and type in Recovery.


2. On the Recovery app, click on the Open System Restore link.

Open System Restore

3. On the System Restore Window, select the Restore point you want to use.

select the Restore point

4. On the next screen, click on the Finish button.

That’s it. This will roll back your Windows 11 to the back date.

Also Read: How to Schedule Automatic System Restore Points in Windows 11

Frequently Asked Questions

Why the Scan drive for Error notification appears?

The ‘Scan Drive for Error’ notification usually appears when the operating system detects a problem with one of your connected drives. The notification can sometimes appear while launching a specific app when denied access to your HDD/SSD.

Why do I keep getting drive errors?

You may get drive errors due to several reasons. Malware attacks, power outages, corrupted system files, and hardware failures are the most common reasons. However, the check disk utility of Windows can find and fix all sorts of drive errors.

What does the CHKDSK utility do?

CHKDSK utility on Windows scans and repairs hard drive errors. The tool finds the bad sector in the disk, which is unreadable, and fixes them. The tool can be run from the Command prompt to verify the logical integrity of the file system.

How long does error checking a drive take?

The error checking of a hard drive may take a few minutes to complete. The time it takes largely depends on the drive size, available RAM resources, and the processor.

How do I recover data from the hard drive?

If you have accidentally deleted a few files from your hard drive, you can access the Recycle bin and resote them. If the files have been permanently deleted, use third-party data recovery software.

So, these are some of the best ways to fix the ‘Scan Drive for Errors’ notification on Windows 11. Let us know in the comment box below if you know of any other ways to fix the problem.


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