Download or Reinstall Hard Disk Driver Update in Windows 10

Is Hard Disk Drive Driver Necessary?

Hard Disk Driver is essential software required to communicate your hard disk drive (hardware) with Operating System installed in your computer. The drivers for your hard disk drive provide a name for the drive so that Operating System can recognize it. If computer couldn’t recognized your hard drive means Hard Disk Driver is problematic. So in such cases, you need to update hard disk drive drivers.

Whether you have internal hard disk drive or external hard disk drive integrated/connected into your computer, both storage devices stores various types of data vital in operation and use of personal computer. HDD (hard disk drive) comes in one of three configurations including SATA (Serial ATA), IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics) and SSD (Solid State Drive).

These drives are also sometimes designed to be used external through use of USB or Firewire cable. Note that these drives should automatically install their own device drivers  when they connected to computer.

If Hard Disk Driver is not installed properly:

As mentioned, Hard disk drive driver acts as mediator between your hard drive and Operating System and if this driver is not installed properly or its driver is not compatible in your computer, then it could cause any number of problems including but not limited to, slow hard disk drive operation, the computer not booting/rebooting up properly or at all, loss of data, operating System crashes or freezes, and malfunctioning software.

In other words, problematic hard disk drivers can trigger several other errors or problems in your computer. For example, if you are trying to install Windows 10 Operating System in your computer and during installation process, ‘No Drives were found. Click ‘Load Driver’ to provide a mass storage driver for installation’ error occurs, then you can’t install Windows OS before fixing this problem.

This Windows OS Installation error states that hard disk drivers are needed otherwise you can’t continue with installation. ‘Hard disk drive not working’ or other similar problem occurs in your computer possibly after Windows OS upgrade. It might possible that Windows update triggered driver compatibility issue with your hard disk drive. So again, we recommended you to update Hard Disk Drivers to fix. Let’s go for the solution.

How to fix problem with Hard Disk Driver in Windows 10?

Method 1: Check both ends of USB or Firewire cable (For external hard drive)

If you are facing problem with external hard disk drive driver, you should make sure that both ends of USB or Firewire cable are firmly inserted one end in the computer and one end in the external drive.

Method 2: Check HDD cable is inserted firmly and properly (for internal hard disk drive)

In case if you are using internal hard disk drive, then you should make sure HDD cable is inserted into computer firmly or properly. Loosely connected HDD cable can’t establish the connection with your computer. So, you should also check if SATA or IDE cable is inserted properly.

Method 3: Check the status of Hard Disk Drive Driver and update Hard Disk Driver in Windows 10

Outdated or problematic driver for your hard disk drive can cause several other problems so you should keep your hard drive up-to-date.

Step 1: Press ‘Windows + X’ keys together from keyboard and select ‘Device Manager’

Step 2: In the opened ‘Device Manager’, locate and expand ‘Disk drives’ category

Step 3: Right-click on your hard disk drive and select ‘Update Driver Software…’

Step 4: Select ‘Search automatically for updated driver software’ and follow on-screen instructions to finish installation.

Step 5: Once done, restart your computer to see the changes.

Method 4: How to download and install Hard Disk Driver in Windows 10?

You can download latest Hard Disk Drive Drivers from hard drive’s manufacturer website and then install it in your computer to fix hard disk problem.

Step 1: If you know your hard disk drive manufacturer name, model, interface type, media type and serial number, then you can continue with next step. If not, then you can find the hard disk drive serial number in Windows 10 with following instructions.

  • Press ‘Windows + X’ keys together from keyboard and select ‘Command Prompt as Administrator’
  • Type or copy & paste ‘wmic diskdrive get model,serialNumber,size,mediaType’ command in command prompt and hit ‘Enter’ key to execute
  • This will show hard disk drive manufacturer name, model, interface type, media type and serial number on the screen.

Step 2: Open your browser and visit manufacturer website of your hard disk’ drive and find the HDD drivers according to your hard disk drive model, serial number and operating System architecture.

Step 3: Download the correct HDD drivers and install it in your computer

Step 4: Once done, restart your computer to see the changes.

Note: If you are unable to find Hard Disk Driver on manufacturer official site of your hard disk drive model, then one of the best ways to fix hard disk problem is to contact the manufacturer of your hardware and follow their instructions to troubleshooting your device.

Method 5: Replace older HDD (Corrupted) with new one

If the HDD still doesn’t work, this could indicate a physical problem with HDD, then you can replace corrupted hard disk drive to new correct HDD to achieve proper functionality from your personal computer. Once done, please check if the trouble is resolved.


I am sure this post helped you to How to fix problem with Hard Disk Driver in Windows 10 with several easy steps. One possible solution to fix hard disk problem is to update Hard Disk Drive Driver in computer and last option is to replace your corrupted HDD with correct one. That’s all. For any suggestions or queries, please write on comment box below.

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