Disable Windows has detected a hard disk problem message in windows

The following are the steps to disable the error message associated with a bad hard drive, the message that windows will display after every login, we will disable it from within windows without disabling it in the BIOS.

The message above reads (On my computer, on yours, the disk model number and the names of the volumes will probably be different.

Windows has detected a hard disk problem.
Back up your files immediately to prevent information loss, and then contact the computer manufacturer to determine if you need to repair or replace the disk

Then, you are presented with the following two options

Start the backup process

Ask me again later
-- If the disk fails before the next warning, you could lose all of the programs and documents on the disk.

In the show details dialogue you should see 

Immediate steps
Because disk failure will cause you to loose all programs, files and documents on the disk, you should back up your important information immediately, try not to use your computer until you have repaired or replaced the hard disk.
Which disk is failing
The following hard disks are reporting failure.
Disk name: TOSHIBA MK3264GSXN ATA Device
Volume: C:, D:, E: 

My advice would be

Do not disable S.M.A.R.T. from BIOS, rather, ask windows not to display this message, this is because for a failing disk, you would want the S.M.A.R.T. data accessible from other programs or to keep an eye on it.

To disable this error message from within windows, do the following

click the start button and enter the word “task” in the search box, Task Scheduler should appear, right click it and chose run as administrator.
Once it is open, follow the tree to your left as follows
“Task Scheduler Library” => “Microsoft” => “Windows”. => “DiskDiagnostic”

As shown in the image, select the second entry, right click it, then click disable.

The following is the dialogue

close, and restart your computer to check if it worked.

16 thoughts on “Disable Windows has detected a hard disk problem message in windows

  1. Thank you, you made article has helped me resolve the issue. Problems to stop the warning message windows require backup file.

  2. thanks I managed to diable the error message. But now I’m worried about what if there is indeed problem with my hard drive. can you help me detect health condition for hard drive?

  3. Excellent article but a little simple.
    Many things can lead the error message “Windows detected a hard disk problem”. Bad sectors, Windows system errors, Partition table errors, virus and so on…
    In fact real problem is how to avoid data loss when the message”Windows detected a hard disk problem” shown. The following article tells more on the topic and help you solve the problem:

  4. Thanks for sharing these steps and screenshots to solve the disk error issue. But I’ve learned from many other articles, and they suggest Chkdsk to check file system error or bad sectors before disable the error. what do you think of that.
    here is more on the topic:

  5. Hi there people

    Yes, indeed, there probably IS A PROBLEM with your hard drive, This is just to show you how to disable the error when you know that you have a faulty disk, for example, sometimes, you know that this disk has a non expanding bad sector, and you don’t want to see the warning about it every time, this is not intended to fix your hard drive because nothing can (in practice).

  6. Do a “CHKDSK” (“check disk”) by first holding down [Windows Key] + R at the same time to get the Run window.

  7. Thanks, i just wanted to get rid of the error, yes, the disk has a problem, but i do not want to see the message every freaking minute

  8. I have Windows Vista Home Edition and I had done everything to make sure disk is in good shape and it is…. Still, I keep getting this idiotic message pop up and is driving me crazy.
    I am stuck in your instructions. When I get to Disk Diagnostic you mention to look at an Image (but I can’t see one) and to select a second entry but there is not one either.

    Can you provide an alternate method or a clearer one with a good image? Another guy had published an alternate method that fixed the problem but I had to repeat the process of cleaning everything up on my drive due to a failure of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 causing problems and I can’t find his alternante method.

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