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Learn how to fix the error code 2000-0146 and prevent system failure, including the dreaded blue screen of death. Plus, discover an easy method for backing up and transferring data when your computer won't start up properly. Expert tips inside.

Hard Disk Error 2000-0146

I. What is error code 2000-0146, and what is the cause of this error code?

Error code 2000-0146 is a serious hard drive failure that can lead to frequent freezing, unresponsive system applications, and system crashes (blue screen of death) on Dell computers. Ignoring this error can result in missing the optimal time to fix the problem. Common causes include damaged system files, malicious viruses or software attacks, and bad sectors on the hard disk.
After understanding the relevant knowledge points of this error, in order to avoid missing the best repair time, it is recommended that you try the following methods to solve it as soon as possible.

II. How to solve the error code 2000-0146?

1. Try safe mode and clean boot

To fix the 2000-0146 error, restart the computer in Safe Mode and perform a clean boot. Prior to proceeding, disconnect all connected devices (e.g., printers, WiFi adapters, modems) with the power off. Then follow these steps:
Step 1: Start the computer and interrupt the startup process by pressing the restart or shutdown button three times when the Windows 10 startup logo appears. If this method doesn’t work, refer to the instructions on how to enter Safe Mode.
Step 2: Enter the recovery environment of Windows 10 by force restarting, then select (Troubleshoot)(Advanced Options)(Startup Settings)(Restart). Restart the computer and choose Safe Mode in the Startup Settings menu. Press 5 or F5 to enable Safe Mode with Networking.
Step 3: Enter the system, press (Windows+R) to open the run window, type msconfig, and press (OK) to open the system configuration interface.
enter msconfig in run
Step 4: Click the (General) tab in the System Configuration Utility window, then select (Selective Startup) and uncheck (Load Startup Items).
Step 5: Click the (Services) tab and check (Hide all Microsoft services). Click the (Disable All) button and restart the system. If this resolves error code 2000-0146, back up your hard drive data and check the hard drive SMART status for signs of drive failure.

2. Run the SFC /scannow command

To resolve error code 2000-0146 caused by damage to system or registry files, use the SFC command. This Windows built-in utility scans and repairs protected system files. Follow these steps:
Step 1: Restart the computer or enter safe mode. Search for “cmd” in the lower left corner search box. Right-click the search result and choose “run as administrator” to open the command prompt tool.
Step 2: Open the command prompt window and enter the command "SFC /scannow". Press the Enter key. System File Checker will scan and fix problematic system files. Restart your computer after the repair is complete to check if the problem is resolved.
Enter the SFC command

3. Restore BIOS default settings

If the BIOS boot sequence is incorrect, it can lead to the system’s inability to detect the hard disk and display error 2000-0146. To resolve this issue, you can attempt to restore the default BIOS settings by following these steps:
Step 1: Start the computer and quickly press the F2, F10, Esc, or Del key multiple times to access the BIOS menu (the specific key may vary depending on the motherboard model of your computer, and you can identify it by observing the black startup screen).
Restore BIOS default settings
Step 2: Press the F9 key to restore the BIOS default settings. Look for the option that includes “Defaults” in other BIOS interfaces.
Restore BIOS settings to default values
Step 3: Press F10, select (Yes), and press Enter to save the changes. Follow the operation wizard’s next command and restart the computer to resolve the issue.

4. Clean up the disk

The Windows system’s built-in disk cleaning tool can free up disk space by deleting temporary files, emptying the recycle bin, and removing unnecessary and erroneous system files. The steps are as follows:
Step 1: Restart the computer and open the Disk Cleanup program by searching for it in the search box in the lower left corner. If you cannot restart your computer, follow method method 1 to enter safe mode and then proceed with the follow-up operations.
disk cleanup
Step 2: Open the program and choose the system disk (C:). Select the files you wish to delete, including the temporary files. Click (OK) and let the Disk Cleanup process finish. Restart your computer to check if the issue is resolved.
run disk cleanup
If the above methods cannot fix error code 2000-0146, replace the hard disk. Before replacing it, back up or transfer the data from the old hard disk. Use Renee PassNow to back up or transfer important files when Windows system is inaccessible. Here are the detailed steps.

III. Use Renee PassNow to backup or transfer important data when Windows is inaccessible

1. What is Renee PassNow?

Renee PassNow is a professional system rescue software that helps Windows users with various tasks such as clearing Windows account passwords, creating new administrator accounts, restoring disk/memory card data, recovering data after hard disk formatting, transferring disk files, erasing or scanning disk files, repairing Windows system problems (including MBR boot records, DBR error parameters, 0xc00000e, Windows system startup failure, black screen or blue screen issues), and more. It is a versatile system rescue tool that caters to the needs of different users.
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2. How to use Renee PassNow to transfer or restore data?

Step 1: Download and install Renee PassNow on a functioning computer, connect the USB disk to the PC, and open Renee PassNow. In the “Step 1: Select creation method” section, select “Create a Live USB”
Note: Before proceeding, ensure that important files on the USB disk are backed up, as the process will delete all data on the disk.
Step 2: Select the system type (x64) or (x86), and download the ISO file by clicking (Download Now), create a Rescue USB by clicking (Create USB), and finally, eject the USB by clicking (Eject USB).
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Step 3: Connect the boot device to the computer, turn it on, and quickly enter the BIOS by pressing the shortcut key displayed on the screen (usually only one or two seconds). In the BIOS setting interface, set the boot USB disk as the priority in the boot sequence. Save the settings and restart the computer.
Change boot sequence in BIOS
Step 4: Start the computer from the bootable USB flash drive and select the “data backup” option in the application. This option clones the entire hard disk to other hard disks, so ensure that the capacity of the backup storage is sufficient.
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Step 5: Choose the source hard disk and destination hard disk from the list. Then, click “clone” and wait for the cloning process to finish to successfully back up the computer files.
Step 6: Use the (Data Transfer) function for transferring important files.
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Step 7: Click on each disk drive letter (C/D/E/F, etc.) to check for lost important files. If found, transfer them to an external disk. To transfer data, select the C drive on the upper left, select the G drive on the upper right, choose files from the C drive, and click the Copy function button in the middle. Data transfer is simple. To delete a file, select it and click the (Delete) button in the middle. Note that deletion is irreversible, so proceed with caution.
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