Restart to Repair Drive Errors on Windows10 after Reboot – Fix

If you’re facing the “Restart to repair drive errors” Click to restart your PC from the Security and Maintenance pop up in the Action Center, where ChkDsk runs automatically on startup of your Windows 10 computer, do not worry.

What is the Restart to repair drive errors

This error notice simply means is that the drive has an error and needs to be repaired. It might also start arising every time, if you recently ran the Disk error checking too, or a boated windows registry, a failed or incomplete update, or some issue in the hard drive might be at the root of the problem. 

If this error “Restart to repair drive errors” goes away by itself after one or two reboots, it is okay. Else, let’s get moving to solve this problem. 

How To Fix Restart to Repair Drive Errors

Try these methods mentioned below one by one until your Drive error issue is fixed.

Method 1: Hard Reboot

Try resetting all the hardware states by performing a Hard Reboot. You must press down the power button manually to turn off the PC. Then wait for 10-15 seconds before you turn it back on. 

Method 2: Uninstall Updates

If you made any recent updates, especially Windows updates, after which Restart to repair drive errors started showing up, uninstall, reboot and check if the problem goes away. 

Method 3: Run ChkDsk in Safe Mode

Enter SafeMode on your system when you start it. Now open command prompt and run the command 

chkdsk c: /r

Now reboot to see if the problem has been fixed and you no more get “Restart to repair drive errors”.

Method 4: Use Command Prompt to Cancel ChkDsk

Another method you can use is cancelling the ChkDsk operation temporarily and see if it helps. To do this

1. Go to Command Line and run:

fsutil dirty query g:

Press Enter. You will most likely get a result that says the drive is dirty.

2. Next, run:


Press Enter. Now windows has been told not to check (X) drive mentioned (G) on the next reboot. 

3. Reboot the system manually. ChkDsk will not run now. 

Again open Command Prompt and run the command:

Chkdsk /f /r g:

4. The dirty bit will be unset now as it takes you through the five stages of the scan. Now execute:

fsutil dirty query g:

5. Windows will now confirm that the dirty bit is no more on the drive. 

6. Reboot to see if the issue has been fixed. 

Method 5: Run ChkDsk on External Drive

If you have some external drive, you must disconnect it and see if the issue resolves, or run ChkDsk on the external drive to locate the problem. 

Method 6: Opt for Alternative Disk Error Checking Tool

Sometimes this pop-up Restart to repair drive errors might be a false positive and you must in that case try checking the drive with some Alternative Disk Error Checking Tool.

Method 7: System Restore

Another easy trick, execute a system restore to the last point where there was no error of Restart to repair drive errors pop ups. In case you lost some important software, install them again one by one to check if any is triggering this error once again.

Method 8: Automatic Startup Repair

This is an easy functionality in Windows 10, that you can run at startup and has been known to solve the problem of persistent Restart to repair drive errors pop up. 

Method 9: S.M.A.R.T Test

If all the above methods fails to help, it is most likely a faulty hard drive or SSD which requires replacing. However, be sure by running the S.M.A.R.T test before you make a clean install of Windows 10 on a fresh hard drive or SSD. 

Hope our tutorial was helpful in fixing the Restart to repair drive errors on your windows 10 computer. Do share this tutorial with your friends who are having the same issues.

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