This article is the second in a series on Blue Screen of Death errors. A Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) is the error screen you see when Windows has a major issue. It halts the PC and displays some very important information.
Depending on the error message you get, the steps you need to take are different.
The NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM error means your hard drive is corrupted. Hopefully, you’ve been running regular backups of your hard drive; if not, it may be difficult or impossible to do so now. The best thing to do is to run an error scan of your hard drive. Since the drive’s not working, you’ll need to A. boot from another drive; B. boot from a Windows Recovery CD; or C. boot from your Windows disc.
Note: Windows may be calling the current drive C: and the old drive D: after booting from the backup drive. Make sure you choose the correct one to scan
After Windows has attempted to repair the drive, go back into BIOS and choose to boot from your primary drive again. With luck, you’ll be able to get into Windows. Keep in mind that an error -prone drive could crash again at any time, so your best bet is to back up all your files (or create a backup image of your entire drive), buy a new hard drive, and restore the backup to it.
Steve Horton has been working with computers for over 20 years. He's dedicated to helping people get the most out of their PCs, and likes playing cards and writing comics.
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