Have you received the error “hard disk 1 quick 303” in the HP PC startup self test? Sometimes you also see the errors like hard disk 1 full 305 or hard disk 1 SMART 301. In this post, we will walk you through what you should do to fix the HP hard disk error.

Hard Disk Error 303 and 305

HP computers include a diagnostic tool that tests your computer’s hardware for errors. As the computer boots, press the ESC key when the HP Splash Screen appears. When the Startup menu appears, you can press F2 to enter System Diagnostics. Then, this tool will show you system information, and perform start-up test, run-in test & hard disk test.

However, when you start your HP computer, it may fail to boot successfully and redirect to the System Diagnostics. After running Primary Hard Disk Self Test, the screen gives you the error “hard disk quick (303)”. Sometimes, the errors like “hard disk 1 full (305)” or “hard disk 1 SMART (301)” may appear.

What is hard disk 1 quick 303 meaning? That means your hard drive may have failed and needs to be replaced immediately.

What to Do in Case of SMART Error 303

1. If your computer is covered under warranty, you should contact HP support for further assistance.

2. If not, you can search for SMART error 303 repair or hard disk 1 quick 303 fix on the internet.

  • You need to prepare a recovery disc, boot the computer from it to the recovery environment by clicking Repair your computer.
  • Run Command Prompt and type the command line chkdsk /r to check for disk errors and shield bad sectors if it finds some.

3. You had better back up the important data on the hard drive before the hard drive gets worse and then purchase a new hard drive like HDD or SSD to replace the damaged one by yourself.

4. Recover data from damaged hard drive.

In the following parts, we will show you details on data backup and data recovery.

Back up Data on Failing Hard Drive with 303, 305 or 301 Error

Again, when a hard drive is given 303, 305 or 301 errors, its life is coming to an end, and only a new hard drive will solve the problem.

The question is, the system can hardly boot when a hard drive is failing with the SMART test failed error code 303, 305 or 301, how can you back up data including files, photos, videos, and more on the damaged hard drive?

Take it easy! Here, MiniTool ShadowMaker, professional data backup software, can reduce your worry.

1. You can choose to simply take out the failed hard drive and connect it to another normal computer for data backup on the desktop with this tool.
2. Or use the bootable rescue media created by MiniTool ShadowMaker to boot your computer that has the error hard disk 1 quick 303, full 305 or SMART 301 and then start to back up files.

Right now, free get MiniTool ShadowMaker Trial Edition for 30-day use and install it on Windows 10/8/7. Next, start the backup by following these steps (using bootable media is the example).

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Move 1: Create Bootable Media In Case of SMART Error 303, 305 or 301

Step 1: Launch MiniTool ShadowMaker in a Working PC

  1. Install this freeware on a normal computer.
  2. Double-click the .exe program to open it.

Step 2: Choose the Feature to Create Bootable Media

  1. Navigate to the Tools window.
  2. Click the Media Builder feature.

click Media Builder

Step 3: Start to Create Bootable Media

  1. In the pop-up window, click WinPE-based media with MiniTool plug-in to go on.
  2. Plug in your USB flash drive, USB hard disk or CD/DVD disc.
  3. MiniTool Media Builder will start to create a bootable drive.

choose media destination

After you finish creating a bootable disc or drive, change the boot order in BIOS of the computer that has hard disk 1 quick 303 or error code 301/305 to boot it from the device. The post – How to Boot from Burned MiniTool Bootable CD/DVD Discs or USB Flash Drive might be the one you are finding.

Move 2: Back up Data on Disk with Hard Disk Error 303 and 305 (or 301)

Step 1: Boot the PC to MiniTool Recovery Environment

  1. After running your computer from the created media, make the choices of whether to change screen resolution and whether to load MiniTool Software.
  2. If you don’t load this software, click the first option in the MiniTool PE Loader interface to run it.

MiniTool PE Loader

Step 2: Choose Backup Source and Destination

By default, you see this freeware has selected system drives as the backup source. Here, your aim is not system backup and you need to decide what to back up when SMART error 303, 305 or 301 happens.

  1. Go to the Source section.
  2. Select the type: Disk and Partitions or Folders and Files. If you have many important files on your disk, we recommend you to back up the partitions that include much data.

select backup type

Tip: If you want to back up certain files or folders, select another type for file backup. Read this post – How to Backup Files on Windows 10? Try These Top 4 Ways to know more.
  • Click the Disk and Partitions type.
  • Select the system disk from the combo box.
  • Tick the partitions that have data you want to back up.

tick data partitions to back up

Next, choose a destination path based on your actual needs. MiniTool ShadowMaker allows backing up to an external hard drive, USB flash drive, NAS, ect.

partition backup to an external hard drive or USB drive

Step 3: Start Sector-by-Sector Backup

1. Return to the main interface and click the Options feature.

2. Choose the Sector by sector backup option under the Image Creation Mode tab.

3. Click OK.

sector by sector backup with MiniTool ShadowMaker

4. Go back to the Backup page, click Back up Now to run the data backup immediately.

MiniTool ShadowMaker partition backup

After the backup is finished, you could shut down your computer and replace the failed disk with a new one. Then, install an operating system to this new disk and your Windows should start up without receiving the hard disk 1 quick 303, full 305 or SMART 301 error.

To restore the backup you just created, install MiniTool ShadowMaker and launch it again, click Restore and select the image file to perform a recovery. After that, the hard disk data will come back.

Tip: Of course, you can also back up the entire system disk to rescue the data. After that, replace the failing disk with a new one. Then, do not install OS, directly restore the hard drive image to that disk and your Windows will run normally without SMART test failed error code 303, 305 or 301.

Related article: How Can You Do Windows Backup Restore to Different Computer?

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Hard Disk 1 Quick 303 Data Recovery

Additionally, some of you may want to do data recovery instead of data backup when you are given the SMART error 303. When searching for this topic, you will find a related result: hard disk 1 quick 303 data recovery.

SMART test failed error 303 related Google search

To do that job, a piece of professional and reliable data recovery software will be helpful. Here, MiniTool Power Data Recovery is worthy of being recommended since it is designed to recover files under various situations including failing hard drives, lost partitions, RAW drives, formatted partitions, etc.

When Windows shows you the hard disk 1 quick test failure issue, it won’t be able to boot properly. In this case, you also need to use MiniTool Power Data Recovery to create a bootable disc or drive to boot the PC from it and then perform data recovery in MiniTool Recovery Environment.

Right now, get the Personal Edition or an advanced edition from MiniTool Store for SMART test failed error code 303 data recovery.

Related article: How to Build Boot CD/DVD Discs and Boot Flash Drive with Bootable Media Builder?

Now, we will show you how to recover data from damaged hard drive.

Step 1: Boot Your PC to MiniTool Power Data Recovery Bootable Edition

  1. Configure to boot the PC from the created bootable media.
  2. Go to the MiniTool PE Loader interface.
  3. Launch MiniTool Power Data Recovery.

Step 2: Choose a Recovery Module to Scan

1. If there are multiple data partitions on the damage disk with hard disk 1 quick 303 error (hard disk 1 full 305 or hard disk SMART 301), you can choose Hard Disk Drive.

2. If there is only one data partition or you want to only recover data from a certain drive, use This PC.

  • Here, we take this feature as an example.
  • Choose the target drive and click the Scan button to continue.

choose a recovery module

Step 3: Perform a Full Scan

This data recovery program is scanning the selected drive. To get the best recovery result, it is recommended to wait until the full scan finishes.

scanning target drive

Step 4: Perform Data Recovery

  1. After a full scan, tick all the items that you need.
  2. Click the Save button to restore them to a new disk.

check items to recover

  • To quick find needed files, you can take full advantage of these features including Type, Find, and Filter.
  • MiniTool Power Data Recovery allows you to preview 70 types of files with each file not larger than 100MB.

After finishing data recovery, you can replace the damaged disk with a new one, install an OS to it and boot the PC without receiving HP hard disk error 303 and 305 (or 301).

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Other SMART Hard Disk Errors

As you know, SMART, short for Self monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology, is a monitoring system integrated into the PC hard drives. It is used to monitor the disk health, detect and report the indicators of drive reliablity. If it anticipates imminent hardware failures, it will tell you so that you can take action to rescue your data.

There are many SMART hard disk errors. Besides the above errors like hard disk 1 quick 303, hard disk 1 full 305 or hard disk 1 SMART 301, you can meet these error messages:

  1. M.A.R.T. Capable and Status BAD…Pri Master Hard Disk: S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, Backup and Replace Press F1 to Resume
  2. SMART Hard Disk Error.The SMART hard disk check has detected an imminent failure. To ensure not data loss, please backup the content immediately and run the Hard Disk Test in System Diagnostics. Hard disk 1 (301)
  3. SMART Failure Predicted on Hard Disk… WARNING: Immediately back-up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent. Press F1 to Continue
  4. More…

If you meet any one of these errors, remember to back up important data or recover files from the failing hard drive before it gets worse, as mentioned above. To sum up, data is the first.


Is Windows giving you the SMART test failed error 303, 305 or 301? Try to repair it by following the fixes that are told in this post.

Furthermore, if you have any question related to MiniTool software, please let us know by leaving an idea in the Comment section or contacting [email protected]. Also, any suggestion of HP failure code 303/301/305 during SMART test are welcome here.

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