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How to Fix HP Laptop Hard Disk Error HARD DISK 1 (3F1)?

Hard disk error HARD DISK 1 (3F1) is related to the HP laptops and comes when the laptop hard drive that keeps the OS gets broken or corrupt. The HARD DISK 1 (3F1) error can also happen due to destroyed operating system files (caused by bad sectors on the hard drive). An HP laptop with the damaged hard drive shows the error like Hard disk error at the time you turn it on.

To fix HP laptop hard disk error Hard disk 1 (3F1) follow the suggested steps. If you want any further information related to HP laptop, you can contact HP Support Phone Number. Experts will resolve your issue in no time.

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Carry out the following steps to fix this annoying error

Following are some solutions that you can apply to fix it.

1. Hard Reset

A hard-reset clear everything from your computer memory (cache, RAM, etc.) & reinstates the default functionality. Hence, establishing a software connection again between the hardware and the BIOS could probably resolve the hard disk error.


To hard reset your HP laptop, follow these steps:

  • Disconnect the power cable.
  • Detach all the peripherals and the USB devices.
  • Eradicate the battery. If it’s internal, open the laptop covering and detach the battery.
  • Dab and hold the power button for a minute to release any remaining current on the board (stored in capacitors, etc.).
  • Then install or connect the battery and power ON your laptop.

Confirm if your system is able to boot completely or not. If not, then continue with the next step.


2. BIOS Reset Defaults

To rearrange BIOS defaults on your HP laptop, follow these steps.

  • Switch off your system and wait for 10 sec.
  • Switch it ON and start dabbing F10 to enter BIOS.
  • Hit F9 in the BIOS screen to choose and execute the BIOS Setup Defaults Setting.
  • Hit F10 to save settings and leave the BIOS.
  • Use the arrow to choose “Yes” when asked and then hit Enter.

After this, your system will reboot. If it still shows the same error, then perform the next step.


3. Use HP PC Hardware Diagnostics

There are 6 different types of diagnostic tests that are accomplished either in Quick mode (takes 1-3 minutes) or extensive mode (takes more than 2 hours). To execute diagnostics on the hard disk, perform these steps.

  • Hook up the AC adapter and confirm that no other USB device is associated with the system.
  • Dab and hold the power button for at least 5 seconds to turn off your system (if it’s on).
  • Hit the power button to turn ON the system and instantly start dabbing the ESC key frequently 4-5 times. A menu list appears.
  • Hit the F2 key.
  • Choose the Components Test from the HP PC Hardware Diagnostics menu.
  • Select the hard drive with the help of the arrow key.
  • Go for Quick Test and then choose Run Once.
  • Wait for the hard drive trial to end. If your system has more than one drive, go for Test All Hard drives.
  • After the trial, results are shown. If the hard drive permits the Quick Test but the issue is still not solved, execute Extensive Test after a restart.
  • On the other hand, you can hit the F2 key when the error displays on the screen after switching ON your HP laptop. This opens additional options for diagnostics. Hit F4 to execute Hard Disk Tests.

However, if you are still caught with the error, continue with the next step.

4. Reset the Hard drive

If your computer has tumbled off or else has got shook, it is likely that the association to hard drive gets loose.

  • Take out the battery and confirm that all the USB devices, power cable, etc. are detached from the laptop.
  • Open your laptop using Philips Screwdriver or a comparable tool. Use an anti-static strap or use a conductive foam pad while operating with the inner constituents of the laptop.
  • Detach the hard drive, and then resolutely reconnect it.

Boot the system and check whether it is able to boot successfully or not. In case it doesn’t, move further to the next step.


5. Remove Hard Drive and Test it

If your system is executing Windows XP, perhaps the SATA drivers are not fitted and that’s the main cause why your system fails to boot and gets fixed on the error. Hence, first, confirm and then install the SATA driver (refer to the user manual of your system).


Otherwise, you can eradicate the hard drive from your system and examine it by linking it to the other PC using SATA to the USB connector. If your drive is still not predictable, it is possibly damaged or corrupt. Move to the next step for the recovery and re-installation process.

6. Use Data Recovery Tool

If nothing works, use a dependable data recovery tool such as Stellar Data Recovery- Standard that eases recovery from an unreachable, corrupted, and formatted hard drive. The ‘Deep Scan’ option permits you to recover all your data and accomplish raw recovery based on file signatures. All files, folders, pictures, music, documents, videos, etc. can be easily recovered with this tool.


Its instinctive user interface makes the recovery process cooler. Therefore, all you need to do is

  • Attach the pretentious hard drive to the system.
  • Install the Stellar Data Recovery- Standard for Windows tool.
  • Launch it and recuperate your lost folders, files, documents, etc. in just limited clicks.

When you successfully recovered the data, configure the drive using the ‘Disk Management’ tool or ‘Disk Part’ command utility. Insert the drive to the HP laptop, fit the Windows, and then reinstate your data to the drive. If possible, substitute the HDD with a new drive to avoid future data loss situation.

If the above method doesn’t work for you, then you can contact HP Laptop Customer Service to get in touch with the experts to resolve your issue in the easiest way.

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