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How to fix hard drive short DST failure

Here you will find out:

  • what a short DST failure is
  • how to fix this error
  • how DiskInternals Partition Recovery can help you

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What does it mean when a hard disk short DST check fails?

A hard disk short DST check failure happens when there’s a problem with your hard drive. This could be a result of a malware attack, corrupted partitions, or one of many other issues.

About short DST failure

Drive Self-Test (DST) failure happens when the BIOS cannot complete the hard disk self-test process during Windows startup. Most modern computers, like those manufactured by Dell and HP, are designed to carry out a short DST check; hence, if your computer has DST support, it’ll attempt to run a hard drive test during startup. When this test does not run successfully, you’ll get the “hard disk short DST failure” notification.

This error shouldn’t be taken lightly, as it implies that something is actually wrong with your PC’s hard drive. Follow the recommended practices below to troubleshoot your hard drive and possibly fix the issue that prevents the DST check.

What does a short DST check failure look like?

When a DST short check failure occurs, you’ll notice these issues with your PC:

  • Your PC begins to run sluggishly.
  • The PC would keep rebooting with the hard drive light flashing recurrently.
  • Your PC displays a blank screen and won’t boot up.

How to fix this error


Method 1: Update your device driver

When your PC drivers are outdated, a lot of things could go wrong, and you’ll frequently encounter errors. If you can still boot the computer properly, try out this method and update your drivers to their latest versions.

Below are steps to update your hard disk driver from Windows Device Manager.

  • Right-click on the Start icon and select Device Manager from the context menu.
  • Expand the Disk driver row.
  • Right-click on your HDD driver and select "Update Driver Software".
  • Choose the option "Search automatically for updated driver software".
  • Wait on the process.

Method 2: Connect the hard drive to another computer

This method comes in handy when you cannot boot the computer. It applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10. Follow the steps below.

  • Remove the hard disk drive from the faulty computer and insert it into a good one.
  • Once the good computer is able to boot and recognize the hard drive, copy out all the files saved on the drive and save them to another storage device.
  • However, if the HDD wasn’t recognized, you should look for a way to repair the drive.

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