You as a user keep all your personal, private, and all types of data on your computer. By saying a computer means you store all data in your hard disk. Your hard disk is the soul of your PC. So it is very important to protect our hard drive from future problems. You should check hard disk health from time to time.
You often ignore it but it is very important. If You will not protect your hard disk then you will definitely lose your data.
Hard Disk can damage any time you won’t even know. In this article, I am going to tell you the 5 important ways by which you can protect the soul of your PC.
By using command prompt
It the very simplest way to check the health status among all the five methods. You can able to know the result within seconds by just typing a single line of command. All you need to do it to follow the below-mentioned steps and you are all set.
Type Command Prompt in the search bar and click enter.
Write wmic diskdrive get status, model, and click enter. Type the command as it is. After entering the command you will see the below image.
Note: In the status column, if the status is OK it means Hard disk is healthy, and if the status is Pred Fail it means the hard disk is unhealthy.
By using the Windows CHKDSK Tool
Windows CHKDSK is a pre-built windows tool by which you can scan your hard drive individually, and able to check hard disk health. It will let you know about the basic errors like File System errors, Corrupted files, Bad sectors, lost clusters. Chkdsk can also automatically fix certain types of problems.
It will generally take about 5 minutes or less. It checks the health of a hard disk, flash drive, and memory card.
Go to This PC then under the Device and Drivers option right-click on your drive and select the properties. Navigate to the Tool tab and click on the Scan button. It will take a few minutes and will give you the result.
You will get one of the three results listed below:
- No errors were found. (It means your drive is healthy)
- Errors were found and fixed. (It means problems has been fixed)
- Errors were found but NOT fixed. (It means it is the time to backup your drive so that you can not lose your data)
Using a third-party tool ‘Crystal Disk Info’
You can use software like CrystalDiskInfo to get the health status and much more information which you will not get from methods 1 and 2. These tools use the same S.M.A.R.T method to fetch data as WMIC uses.
CrystalDiskInfo is really very simple and easy to use and gives lots of information like health, temperature, Power on hours, Powers on count, and also the rotation rate of the drive.
Go to crystalmark.info and click on CrystalDiskInfo standard edition to download the software.
By using Hard Drive Manufacture’s Software
Most hard drive manufactures provide the free tool to monitor the performance of your hard drive. Your first step should be the which tool is suitable for you, so to do that first you should know about what is the model number of your drive.
If you know the model number you can skip this step and move ahead otherwise go to the search bar and search for System Information and click on the result which you will see on the top of the search list.
Then click on Components > Storage > Disks. After that, you will see the model number of your drive.
Finally, go to the manufacture’s website and search for their hard drive utility. These are the biggest brands Western Digital, Seagate, Samsung, etc.
BY using Hard Disk Sentinel
Hard Disk Sentinel is a very advanced level health checker tool for the hard drive. It not only check hard disk health but also repairs it. It offers both premium and free plans. Even free plans provide you a lot of information about your drive. It checks the health of Hard drives, Flash drives, Memory Cards, and NAS (Network Attached Storage).
Follow the below-mentioned steps to download the software:
- Go to hdsentinel.com
- Under the Products, tab click on Hard Disk Sentinel Professional.
- In the left side of you will see the Download button click on it, your download will start automatically, if not then click on the click here to download the file.
- After downloading, extract the zip file and follow the on-screen instruction to install the software.
After installing the software you will able to see lots of information like health, performance, temperature, remaining lifetime of hard disk, etc.
Now you have a variety of ways to check the health of the hard drive. If you are confused about which one you should then either go for command prompt method of CHKDSK method. It will work well.
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