How to Fix "The Request Failed Due to a Fatal Device Hardware Error"?

Updated on December 16, 2019

Getting “The Request Failed Due to A Fatal Device Hardware Error” Or “Not Accessible Fatal Device Hardware Error” While Accessing Seagate or WD External Hard Drives? Then, read this post and learn how to fix Fatal Device Hardware Error easily without any data loss.


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How to Recover Data from Hard Drive with Fatal Device Error

One of the most common problems occurring in Seagate and Western Digital (WD) external HDD is the fatal error with a pop-up message saying "F: is not accessible. The request failed due to a fatal device hardware error”. Let’s have a look at some real time scenarios:

Case 1: “I have portable Seagate 1TB external hard drive which connects to my Windows 10 PC via USB cable. Lately, whenever I try to access the drive, the request failed due to fatal device hardware error message pops up on screen. Please help me solve the problem.”

Case 2: “Hi, my WD Elements 1TB external HDD is not working and showing error G: \ is not accessible. The request failed due to a fatal device hardware error message. How can I fix WD elements fatal device hardware error and recover data?”

Causes for “The Request Failed Due to a Fatal Device Hardware” Error:

Generally, the request failed due to a fatal device hardware error appears due to many reasons such as faulty system hardware, wrong configuration, loose contact, bad sectors on hard drive, failing hard drive etc.

How to Fix the Request Failed Due to a Fatal Device Hardware Error?

Fatal disk error primarily indicates that your hard drive is failing, and it is near to die. So, immediately backup your important files or entire data from the hard drive showing fatal disk error, if possible. And follow these steps to fix fatal device hardware error.

Step 1: Check all the connections of your computer including power supply and fix loose contacts, if you find any.

Step 2: Go to Start, select All Programs then, Accessories. Right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator. Next, type CHKDSK [Your Hard Drive Letter]: /r and hit Enter key.

Sometimes, you cannot backup files from the hard drive showing fatal hardware error if the drive is dead. At this moment, before trying to fix the fatal error, you should immediately recover data from your hard drive using reliable data recovery program like Remo Recover.

Tool to Recover Data from Hard Drive with Fatal Device Error:

REMO data recovery application is the only safe solution when computer hard drive or external hard drive becomes inaccessible due to a fatal error or any sort of errors on the disk and you have important stored on it. The software can effectively recover files from hard drive of all popular brand including SanDisk, Western Digital, Maxtor, Transcend and more. This is one of the best hard drive data recovery software for recovering deleted or lost Western Digital external hard drive data on Windows operating system.

Regardless of the operating system you are running or the kind of data you lost from your hard disk drive, Remo Recover tool restore up to 100% of your lost data. In addition, it supports data recovery from memory card showing fatal error error, SD card error, etc. on all latest versions of Mac (including macOS High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, etc.) and Windows (including Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP/Server 2003 & 2008) platforms.

How to Recover Data from Hard Drive with Fatal Device Error?

Connect the hard drive showing fatal device error to your system and download Remo Recover. Then begin the data recovery process using the steps explained below.

Step 1: Download, and install the trial version of Remo Recover on your system. Then, launch the software, and from the main screen choose Recover Partitions and select the required disk drive to recover data. Then click Scan button to initiate the scanning process

Select Recover Partitions Option

Figure A: Main Screen

Step 2: Upon the completion of scanning the drive it lists all the partitions available in the disk. Choose the required partition and click Scan button to start the recovery process

Select a partition to recover

Figure B: Select a partition to recover

Step 3: All the files found in the partition will be displayed in 2 types of views; namely File Type View and Data View. You can choose any view based on your convenience

File Type View

Figure C: File Type View

Step 4: As a last step, preview the recovered files and save them in any desired location

Save recovered data

Figure D: Save Recovered Data

Note: Do not install the data recovery tool onto the same hard disk drive that you are trying to restore data from. Also, don't save recovered files onto the same hard disk which is screening fatal hardware error. Otherwise, it may overwrite files that are still hidden and make the data recovery process complex.

Why Remo Recover to Recover Data from Disk Showing Fatal Hardware Error?

REMO data recovery program is an easy-to-use with highly interactive interface to recover data from hard drive with a fatal error. In case, if the required file types are not listed in the recovered data list, the software provides you an option to add a file signature. Other salient features of Remo Recover software include:

  • Supports all types of HDD such as SSD, SATA, SCSI, IDE, ATA, and PATA
  • Easily get data back from RAW hard drives as well as FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, exFAT, file system formatted drives etc.
  • The tool is completely free from all sorts of viruses and malware threats
  • Do not damage or modify your original drive data as it is a read-only software
  • Offers a free download of the software for users to judge its data recovery ability
  • Recovers data from a failed hard drive, formatted, re-formatted, and corrupted hard drive of the laptop and desktop with ease
  • Provides 24x7 free online services via email and live chat to resolve user queries



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