The BSOD or Blue Screen of Death is one of the most dreaded errors on a Windows PC. It is even more puzzling, however, when Windows issues an error code ‘ Damage to the storage data structure ‘. Often times, this error occurs with data structure corruption during or after game sessions. We’ll show you how to fix it.
The Windows computer will restart shortly after we collect feedback about the error. All of your open apps and windows will be close, and any unsaved data will be lost, if any. This could be an isolated event where you encountered a storage data structure corrupted error once and never again. We recommend that you wait and see if the error reappears on your computer screen. If so, we have some solutions.
1. Diagnosing memory problems
This can be a memory problem where a firmware or hardware device is not using the memory properly and corrupting the data in the process. Windows comes with a built-in tool to diagnose the problem.
Step 1: Open the Control Panel from the Start menu or press Windows Key + X to open a context menu to find it there.
Step 2: Find memory in the search bar and select “Diagnose your computer’s memory problems”.
Step 3: In the following popup you can either run the test immediately or schedule it for a later time when the system is restarted.
Step 4: Find Event Viewer in the Start menu and open it.
Step 5: Windows saves the scan results in the ‘MemoryDiagnostics-Results’ file, which is available in the system log. This is useful both for self-diagnosis and for sharing with your IT staff or in PC-related forums.
2. Run SFC and DISM scans
We have encountered the “Save data structure corruption” BSOD error before and were able to resolve the issue while executing these commands.
Step 1: Find Command Prompt in the Start menu and select Run as administrator to open it with admin Right.
Step 2: Run the following commands one at a time and in the order presented. The first command is SFC, or System File Checker, which finds and repairs corrupted system files.
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
DISM.exe / Online / Cleanup-image / Scanhealth
DISM.exe / Online / Cleanup-image / Restorehealth
We recommend that you restart your Windows computer once after running these commands. Hopefully this should fix the error or you can move on to the next solution.
3. Scan for viruses
There are three parts to this process and we recommend going through each one. First, run an antivirus scanner. This could be your preferred third-party antivirus or the standard Microsoft Defender that comes pre-installed on all copies of Windows.
Next up, we highly recommend buying Malwarebytes, and even the free version is pretty good. Note that a virus is not the same as malware.
Finally, download and run the Microsoft Safety Scanner. You have to run it manually and you can use it for up to 10 days. When this trial period ends, download and run it again. We recommend that you always download the latest version before running it.
4. Driver failure
You can download and install the latest version of the graphics driver for your Windows computer, whether it is a desktop or a laptop. If the “Memory data structure damaged” error occurs during or after a game session.
Check out our guide on how to update, reinstall, and roll back drivers. But what about other hardware devices connected to your computer that could be behind the error? Driver-specific tools are available that can automate the process.
5. Perform troubleshooting
Another tool in the Windows arsenal is the troubleshooter, which can detect and fix many hardware-related errors. And BSOD is part of the package. It doesn’t work on Windows Home Edition.
Step 1: Press Windows Key + I to open Settings and check for and fix blue screen issues.
Step 2: In the following pop-up window, follow the instructions on the screen.
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The BSOD errors appear out of nowhere and you don’t even get an opportunity to save any work. It’s scary and annoying, leaving few options for end users. Sometimes users don’t even have an error code. And the QR codes you notice on the BSOD screen are not helpful. Most of the time, they lead to a generic link that is not helpful.
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