KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR often causes a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). This error can occur on all Windows versions.
This critical failure is a potentially dangerous situation because often it may point to the disk problems, for example, bad sectors on the drive,
a poor contact in a SATA connector, a damaged cable connecting the HDD to a PC motherboard, or damaged SATA connectors.
Such an error may also occur due to the banal lack of space on the hard drive.
However, sometimes KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR occurs for a number of reasons completely unrelated to the hard drive.
For example, the BSOD could be caused by RAM problems, devices connected to the system, viruses, lack of necessary updates for Windows, and so on.
How to fix KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR
You can apply the methods described below in any order, since there is no interconnection between them.
- Check your PC for viruses. Viruses are the most unlikely reason, but this reason should not be ruled out. However, you can scan the drive only if you have access to the operating system.
- Check the USB cable. Try to connect the device to a different USB port.
- Free up disk space. The lack of disk space is another unlikely reason for KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR.
However, checking it out is easy - try to free up as much space as possible on the hard drive,
especially on a system partition.
When you are done with free space, restart your PC and check if KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR goes away.
- Install all available Windows updates. Go through the following path: Settings → Update and Security → Windows Update → Check for Updates . All available updates will be installed automatically. After completing the installation, restart the computer and see whether KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR occurs.
- Disconnect all third-party devices from the PC.
Some users claim that they were able to fix this error by simply disconnecting a third-party device from their system,
such as a USB drive, controller, and other. If you recently connected some device to your PC
and KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR began to appear almost immediately,
then it is probably the problem. Try disconnecting a recently connected device and see if the situation with BSOD changes.
- Check the hard drive connection and the integrity of the cable/SATA connectors.
You need to open your PC unit and examine everything thoroughly: move the cables, reconnect them to the SATA connectors.
Pay attention to the SATA connectors on the hard drive and the motherboard: they may have been damaged or the cables are poorly connected.
It would also be nice if you test the hard drive using another SATA cable.
- Check hard drive for bad sectors. Bad blocks often cause the greatest number of problems for computer users.
You can check the status of the disk using one of the diagnostic tools like HDSentinel.
Note: if you cannot access the PC due to the constantly occurring KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR,
then you need to either remove the disk from the PC and connect it to another PC, or use the installation Windows device.
If you determine that your drive is damaged and you cannot access the data stored on it,
then you need to try to recover the data using special software like ReclaiMe File Recovery,
and then replace the damaged drive with a new one. You can find the detailed tutorial on how to recover data from a failed drive below.
- Check your RAM. Checking RAM is quite simple. If you have more than one memory sticks in your PC,
just remove one of them from the motherboard and then test the system, and vice versa.
Starting with Windows Vista, the RAM check utility is built-in. For earlier Windows versions,
you can download Memtest86 software.
- Check the PC motherboard. Unfortunately, KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR could also appear if the PC motherboard is damaged.
It is extremely difficult to find out whether the PC motherboard is damaged, especially if you are just a home user rather than a geek.
Open your PC unit and carefully inspect the motherboard for any obvious damage.
However, we recommend taking the motherboard to a computer repair service.
How to recover data in case of KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR
- Connect the drive to a PC running Windows.
- Download, install, and run ReclaiMe File Recovery.
- Choose the disk you need to recover data from in the list of available devices and click Start.
- Wait till the software completes scanning and check the files extracted using the preview function.
Preferably, check image files - if they are OK, most likely other files are also OK.
- Purchase a license key.
- Copy the recovered data to a safe location.
Once you are sure that all files have been recovered and can be opened, replace the damaged drive with a new one.
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