If you encounter the vexing “The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable” error message when you try to access a drive partition, you can use the 5 solutions in this article to remove it.
Have you ever suffered the error message – “The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable”? It generally occurs when you attempt to access a drive partition whose disk structure is damaged or unreadable, no matter an internal or external disk. In this case, you will certainly fail to access it. Most of time, this error results from the damage of hard disk’s master file table or severe data corruption, such as PST corruption. Here are 5 effective solutions in response to this error.
1. Scan and Fix Disk Errors via CHKDSK
Now that this error means that something wrong occurs to the disk, what you should do in the first place is to scan and try to fix the disk issues. In this scenario, you can make use of the in-built scan Disk Utility – CHKDSK to have a try.
- Firstly, search “cmd” in the “Start Menu”.
- Then run the “cmd” program as administrator.
- After that, in the Command Prompt window, type “chkdsk drive: /r” and hit “Enter”. (replace the drive to the letter of the malfunctioning drive)
- When CHKDSK finishes running, you can try to access the drive to see if the error persists.
2. Uninstall and Reinstall the Hard Disk
Apart from the disk issues, the conflicts between the hard disk and the software for your Windows to communicate with the disk can be culprit as well. Therefore, you had better uninstall and reinstall the disk to have a try.
- First, type “diskmgmt.msc” in the search box of “Start Menu”.
- Then press “Enter” to open the “Computer Management” window.
- In the subsequent window, open “Device Manager” and next locate the drive which suffers the error under the “Disk drivers” in the central pane.
- Next right click on the drive and select “Uninstall”. Then follow the onscreen instructions to uninstall it.
- After that, you can click “Actions” > “Scan for hardware changes”. Then wait the disk for being detected and reinstalled.
- Finally you can try to access it again.
3. Reformat the Disk after Extracting Data
For fixing disk issues, disk reformat can sometimes make effects. Therefore, if the two methods mentioned above cannot help you, you can try reformatting it. But, in prior to it, you should first attempt to extract your data from it, which can be achieved via specialized third party data recovery tool.
4. Check If the Hard Disk Is About to Die
Provided that even reformatting disk cannot resolve this error, it’s very likely that the hard disk is about to die. In this case, you can follow the steps below to check.
1) See If It Is Visible in BIOS
One of the most common ways to see if a disk is failing is to check if it is visible in the computer BIOS settings. Just restart your PC and then press F8 key during the reboot to enter BIOS screen. Then find the “Boot order” option to see if suffering hard disk is listed there.
2) Use Specialized Tool
Apart from the above one, you can also use any third party tool. There are many related utilizes in the today’s market. Select a reliable one to test your hard disk.
3) Replace the Failing Disk
Assuming that the disk is indeed failing or about to die due to any physical issues, like physical data tracks and so on, what you can do then is only to replace it and restore the previously recovered data to the new disk.
5. Resort to Expert Repair Service
Of course, with data recovery industry develops constantly, repairing disk is also becoming much easier than before. Therefore, supposing that your hard disk isn’t failing and it’s only facing the errors, you can simply resort to professional disk repair service if you can afford it.
Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including corrupt sql and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com