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How to Fix The BIOHD 8 Error HP Windows 7

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, well I got the BIOHD-8 error on Windows 7. I reinstalled windows last night and applied all he updates, guess what happened, the error!! it came back, but not before slowing my computer down to the point where it was really really slow. i talked to the execs of customer relations at HP… it is a problem in the motherboard…” – Austin S., Norway

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win7, XP, Vista – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer: Blue screen errors are generally a bit hard to fix. Its even more difficult if you get caught in a rare error like BIOHD-8. But, don’t worry. Here, we will tell you about this error and how you can try and resolve it on your computer.

Problem

The BIOHD-8 error appears and the computer restarts. It is actually a S.M.A.R.T. drive error code which tells you that the hard drive is failing.

BIOHD - Winchester-Festplatte - Wikimedia - WindowsWally

Cause

This error can be caused by a failing hard drive. It is known to appear on some HP motherboards.

Solution

Here are some ways to fix the BIOHD-8 error:

If you Have an HP Computer or Motherboard

Please contact HP for more information. They should be able to tell you if your particular computer\laptop model is known to have this problem.

DON’T change the hard drive just yet. Because if your HP computer’s  motherboard is suffering from this problem, then the new hard drive will also get damaged. This is a hardware related problem, and it cannot really be fixed.

If you have a computer with an HP motherboard, and you’re getting the BIOHD 8 error; then you’ll probably need to get the motherboard replaced before doing anything else.

Check The Computer’s Hard Drive for Errors

If Windows is not running normally, then please try starting it in Safe Mode. Click here to learn more about starting Windows in Safe Mode.

Once you’re able to access Windows, please install and run CrystalDiskInfo to see if the hard drive has a healthy status. I you’re not able to start Windows normally (or even in Safe Mode), then try using Seagate’s Hard Drive Sentinel to boot from a USB and check the hard drive’s health status.

Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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