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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?
As a very serious type of hard drive failure, error code 2000-0146 can cause your Dell computer to freeze frequently; system applications to stop responding for a long time; or even crash the system (blue screen of death). If you ignore the severity of the error and do not try to fix it, you may miss the best time to fix the problem. According to statistics, the causes of this error are generally caused by damaged system files, attacks by malicious viruses or software, bad sectors on the hard disk, and so on.
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

The first step in fixing the 2000-0146 error is to try restarting the computer in Safe Mode, followed by a clean boot. Before proceeding, it is recommended that you remove all connected devices, such as printers, WiFi adapters, or modems, with the power off. After disconnecting the device, proceed with the following steps:
Step 1: Start the computer. When the Windows 10 startup logo appears, immediately press the restart or shutdown button on the computer to interrupt the startup process, and repeat this 3 times. If this method doesn’t work for your computer, you can also learn more about how to enter Safe Mode.
Step 2: Enter the recovery environment of Windows 10 by force restarting, and then select (Troubleshooting)-(Advanced Options)-(Startup Settings)-(Restart). When the computer restarts, select Safe Mode to start in the Startup Settings menu. Here you can press the 5 or F5 key to select (Enable Safe Mode with Networking).
Step 3: After entering the system, press the (Windows+R) keys at the same time to open the run window. Next type (msconfig) and press (OK) to open the system configuration interface.
type msconfig
Step 4: Click the (General) tab in the System Configuration Utility window, then click (Selective Startup), 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 method resolves error code 2000-0146, immediately back up your hard drive data and check the hard drive SMART status for signs of drive failure.

2. Run the SFC /scannow command

When the error code 2000-0146 is caused by damage to system files or registry files, you can try to use the SFC command to solve it. The SFC (System File Checker) tool is a Windows built-in utility that scans all protected system files and fixes detected issues. The specific operation steps are as follows:
Step 1: After restarting the computer or entering safe mode, search for (cmd) in the search box in the lower left corner, right-click the search result and select (run as administrator) to open the command prompt tool.
Step 2: In the opened command prompt window, enter the command (SFC /scannow) and press the (Enter) key. Next, System File Checker will perform a system scan and fix problematic system files. After the repair is complete, restart your computer and see if the problem is resolved.
Enter the SFC command

3. Restore BIOS default settings

When the BIOS boot sequence is incorrect, the system may not be able to detect the hard disk, and error 2000-0146 will appear. Therefore, you can try to restore the default BIOS settings to solve the current problem, the specific steps are as follows:
Step 1: Run the computer, and immediately press the F2 or F10 or Esc or Del key several times to enter the BIOS menu (the shortcut keys to enter the BIOS are slightly different due to the different computer motherboard models, and you can observe the black screen that appears when starting up. prompt).
Shortcut key for booting into BIOS
Step 2: Then press the (F9) key (Setup Defaults) to restore the BIOS default settings. For other BIOS interfaces, try to find the option that includes “Defaults”.
Restore BIOS settings to default values
Step 3: Press the (F10) key, select (Yes) and press the (Enter) key to save the changes. Then execute the next command according to the operation wizard, and restart the computer to solve the problem.

4. Clean up the disk

The built-in disk cleaning tool of Windows system can help you free up disk space by deleting temporary files, emptying the recycle bin, and deleting unnecessary and erroneous system files. The specific operation steps are as follows:
Step 1: Restart the computer, search for the (Disk Cleanup) program in the search box in the lower left corner and open it. If you cannot restart your computer, you can trymethod 1Steps to enter safe mode and then proceed to follow-up operations.
Find Disk Cleanup
Step 2: After the program opens, select the system disk (C:), check all the files you want to delete (and be sure to include the temporary file option), and click (OK) after checking. After the Disk Cleanup process is complete, restart your computer and see if the problem is resolved.
Tick clean up temporary files
The above are several common methods to fix error code 2000-0146. If none of the above methods can solve the current problem, you need to replace the hard disk to solve it. However, before replacing the hard disk, you need to back up or transfer the data of the old hard disk in time, and perform the operation of replacing the hard disk after the data backup is completed. It is recommended that you use Renee PassNow to back up or transfer important files in the computer when the Windows system is inaccessible. The following are the detailed operation 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, which can help Windows users clear Windows account passwords, create new administrator accounts; restore disk/memory card data, recover data after hard disk formatting; transfer disk files; erase or scan Disk files, etc. In addition, this software also supports repairing Windows system problems, such as: repairing MBR boot records, DBR error parameters, 0xc00000e, Windows system startup failure, and some problems that cause black screen or blue screen, etc. As a system rescue tool with various functions, it can meet the system rescue needs of different users.
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2. How to use Renee PassNow to transfer or restore data?

When the Windows system cannot be accessed, you can create a startup disk through Renee PassNow, and then start the computer through the startup disk, and then use the functions provided by the software to transfer or restore data. Specific steps are as follows:
Step 1: Download and install Renee PassNow on another computer that can log in and run normally, then connect the USB flash drive to the computer, run Renee PassNow, and then check the (Create a rescue USB flash drive) option. (Note: The process of creating a rescue U disk may delete all data in the U disk, so please make sure that the important files in the U disk have been saved in other locations.)
Step 2: Next, select (x64) or (x86) according to the system type, click the (Download Now) button to download the ISO file, click the (Create Rescue USB) button after the file is downloaded, and click the (Eject USB) button.
create boot disk
Step 3: Connect the created boot device to the computer that needs to transfer data, turn on the computer, and then the shortcut key to enter the BIOS will be displayed on the computer screen (the display time of this interface is very short, maybe only one or two seconds), click continuously BIOS shortcut key to enter the BIOS setting interface, and then set the boot U disk as the first in the boot sequence in Boot Priority, then save the settings and restart the computer.
Change boot sequence in BIOS
Step 4: After starting the computer from the bootable USB flash drive and entering the application, select the (data backup) option. This option is equivalent to completely cloning the hard disk to other hard disks, so the hard disk capacity for saving backup files needs to be larger.
Select data backup
Step 5: Select the hard disk to back up files in the (source) list, select the hard disk to save files in the (destination) list, and finally click (clone) and wait for the cloning to complete to successfully back up the computer files.
Select backup source and destination
Step 6: If you only need to transfer some important files, the (Data Transfer) function will be more suitable for you.
Select Data Transfer
Step 7: You can click on each disk drive letter (C/D/E/F, etc.) to find the files to be transferred. It is recommended that you transfer them to an external disk. The operation of transferring data is very simple. For example, if you want to transfer the data in the C drive to the G drive, you can first select the C drive on the upper left, select the G drive on the upper right, and then select the files in the C drive, and click the Copy function button in the middle. Disk data can be easily transferred. If there is a file you want to delete, you can also click the (Delete) button in the middle after selecting the file, but the deletion operation cannot be undone, please operate with caution.
transfer data interface
Kind tips If you find that files are lost during the process of backing up or transferring data, please select the (Undeleter) option on the main function interface to perform data recovery operations.