While using your Windows 10 computer sometimes you may notice an error message has appeared on the Action Center, ‘Restart to repair drive error. Click to restart your PC‘. Even if you click on it and your system restarts, the problem will continue to annoy you. To solve this error on your own, go through these quick workarounds. If these don’t work out, try the fixes.
1. Sometimes only restarting your computer may do the trick.
2. Many users have said that the problem is happening because of external drives plugged into their system. So, if you have plugged in any external HDD or a Pen Drive, eject it out. Restart your system.
Follow these steps to force-shutdown your device
a. Shutdown your computer.
b. Simply press the power button to boot up your system.
c. Then, when your system boots up, as soon as you have seen the manufacturer’s logo, press-hold the power button again to force shutdown your system.
d. Continue this for 2-3 more times and it will automatically reach the startup repair screen.
When your computer boots up, you will be in Automatic Repair mode.
Fix – 1 Use Startup Repair
Startup Repair deals with these kinds of driver errors.
1. Acess the Automatic Repair screen following the step explained before.
2. Click on the “Advanced options” to visualize more options.
3. Once you are in ‘Choose an option‘, click the “Troubleshoot“.
4. You need to click on “Advanced options“.
6. After that, simply click on “Startup Repair” to start the repair process.
Leave the rest to the Startup Repair. Wait for this checking process to be over.
Your system will start normally. Check if the error is still there or not.
Fix 2 – Manually run an error check for every drive
Try to check each and every other drive if you have encountered the error.
1. Access the File Explorer on your system.
2. When the File Explorer opens up, click on the “This PC“.
3. At first, right-click any drive and then click on “Properties“.
4. After that, you need to go to the “Tools” tab.
5. In the Error checking section, click on “Check“.
6. After that, simply click on “Scan and repair drive“.
7. Wait for the checking process to complete.
8. After that, click on “Close” to close the Error Checking window.
9. Repeat the same thing for the other available drives to error-check those in the same process.
Once you are done, your problem will be solved.
Fix 3 – Use ChkDsk command
Sometimes you may need running check disk from Advanced Repair may solve the issue.
1. When the Automatic Repair window appears, click on the “Advanced Repair“.
2. Again you need to click on the “Troubleshoot“.
4. As the Troubleshoot windows open up, click on the “Advanced options“.
5. To access the terminal, click on “Command Prompt“.
6. Select your account.
7. Enter your account password.
7. Write this below-mentioned command in the terminal and hit Enter.
chkdsk /f /r drive letter
Replace the ‘drive letter‘ with the drive letter of the drive where you do think corruption is. It is most likely the external drive.
Example– For this system, we are going to run the check the ‘F:‘ drive. So the command is~
chkdsk /f /r F:
Try to take a backup of the drive where you are trying to run this check disk scan. This scan will fix the corrupted part of the drive, but in that process, the drive will be formated.
8. You need to wait for a while as this process will consume a bit of time depending upon the size of the drive.
Once it is scanned and fixed, close the CMD terminal.
9. You will be back in the Choose an Option screen.
10. Then, click on “Turn off your computer“.
Your computer will be shut down. Restart your system and check if this fix has worked.
Fix 4 – Run an SFC scan
1. Click on the search box. Type “command“.
2. Then, right-click on the “Command Prompt” and then click on “Run as administrator“.
3. When the Command Prompt appears on your screen, type this code and then hit Enter.
System File Checker will now check for any system file error and fix it.
Fix 5 – Use System Restore
You can restore your system from the latest restore point to rectify the error.
Steps to boot your PC in Safe Mode
1. Acess the Automatic Repair window following the earlier process.
2. After that, click on the “Advanced options“.
3. Simply click on that “Troubleshoot” option.
4. Then just choose the “Advanced options“.
5. When you reach the ‘Advanced options’ screen, click on the “Startup Settings“.
5. Simply, click on “Restart” on the bottom-left corner of the corner.
6. You need to press the ‘4‘ key.
This will boot your system in Safe Mode.
When your computer boots into Safe mode,
1. To open the Run window press Windows key+R together.
2. Write this code in the terminal and click on “OK“.
3. When the System Properties window appears on your screen, click on the “System Protection” tab.
4. Then you need to click on “System Restore“.
5. Once the System Restore window, click on “Next“.
6. Then you need to check the option “Show more restore points“.
7. Next, you need to choose the latest restore point.
8. After that simply click on “Next“.
9. Finally, to initiate the restoring process you have to click on “Finish“.
You don’t have to do anything now. Let Windows work on the process of restoring your device back to the preferred point.
This should solve your problem.
Sambit is a Mechanical Engineer By qualification who loves to write about Windows 10 and solutions to weirdest possible problems.