How to Reboot a Computer Hard Drive

By Contributing Writer

Updated September 28, 2017

Rebooting the stalled family computer can get your family back to computing again.
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Rebooting a computer component is a time-honored method for trying to get it to work correctly. Shutting down and restarting a hard drive resets your computer hardware so that it works properly once again. Rebooting a computer hard drive has been practiced for as long as there have been computers in existence. While rebooting a computer hard drive doesn't always solve the problem you're having, it often is the trick you've been looking for.

Decide what kind of reboot you are going to do. A soft reboot is performed the way you are “supposed” to do it. For a soft Windows reboot, go to the Start menu and select “Shut Down” or “Restart.” The computer will then shut itself down. Clicking “Restart” makes it boot up without further intervention from you.

Perform a hard reboot by pushing the computer’s power button and holding it until the computer shuts down. Wait 45 seconds and restart the computer by pushing the power button again. You may have to start up in safe mode, but that also allows you the chance to restart properly or troubleshoot your computer. This method may cause you to lose data or interrupt the operation of some of your programs. But it may be the only option if your computer's hard drive is frozen.

Power down all of the computer's components. Shut off all of the peripherals you have attached to your computer and disconnect the cables. Then, plug all of the peripherals back in and restart your computer. This can often solve problems with your hard drive.

Investigate what the problem may be with your hard drive. Because of its delicate nature, your hard drive can very easily be thrown off.