Dell users have come across the Dell Error Code 2000-0146 often on Windows. This error makes your PC freeze and the software applications stop responding. Many factors could be behind this error like the virus infection, hard drive problems, slow performance, Windows Registry issues, etc. Also, this error code stands for the logs of errors on the hard drive, resulting in the issues in the hard drives as well.
Hence, it is important that you treat them as soon as possible else, they could damage your entire system further. Here’s what you can do to resolve the hard drive error code 2000-0146.
Full System Scan
The first thing you must do is to run a full antivirus scan on your system. You can use Windows defender as for the purpose if you don’t have any other antivirus installed on your device.
Search for Defender in the search bar of the start menu. To launch the defender, double-click on its icon. Select the shield icon from the left-hand pane and go to the advanced option. Now, at this point, go for fulls can.
Clean or delete all the virus found on your system and see if the issue is fixed.
Run Disk Clean Up
If it wasn’t the virus, you are probably still struggling with the error code 2000-0146. Try running the disk cleanup, the utility program of Windows that deletes unnecessary files on your disk for freeing up the disk space.
Disk clean up will remove the temporary files along with the unwanted system files. Also, it will empty the recycle bin. Unwanted system files are often the primary cause of this error.
To start disk cleanup, in the search bar of the start menu, type disk cleanup, and press enter. This will initiate the disk clean up process. Select all the files you want to delete and click Ok. And lastly, select delete files.
Repair PC Registry
If the issue has occurred due to the corrupt registry, you will have to repair the PC registry for troubleshooting the error code 2000-0146. Use the command prompt for repairing the registry.
Type CMD in the search bar of the start menu.
Right click on it and select run as administrator.
Type sfc /scannow and hit enter.
Wait for the process to finish and restart your system afterward. Your system will replace all the corrupt system files while rebooting.
Run PSA Diagnostics
Dell laptops usually have inbuilt diagnostics program called PSA diagnostics. This tool can troubleshoot many issues including the error code 2000-0146. Here’s how you can run the PSA diagnostics.
Restart your system and continuously press F12. Keep doing that until the Dell logo appears and you see One Time Boot menu. With the down arrow, select the PSA diagnostic option and press enter. This will launch the tool and then all you have to do is follow the commands.
Reset BIOS Settings
BIOS have the system settings that determine the performance and functionality of a PC. To reset the BIOS, first, restart your system and continuously press the F2 key until you see the system setup screen. press the right arrow and the exit option will be highlighted. Now, press the down arrow, select Load Optimized Defaults and hit enter. You have just reset your BIOS. Restart your system normal mode and see if you are still experiencing the error code 2000-0146.
If these solution doesn’t work, you can try running system restore in safe mode or perform a clean boot in safe mode. And if the error persists, it means your hard drive is damaged and you need to replace that instantly. Postponing the replacement can damage your system in long run.
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