Each data stored on the hard drive, is  a  crucial      task    to ensure  the information is in perfect reliable condition when in “read/ write” mode.   As  part  of  maintenance  routine,  storage media device is  always  checked and  monitored  to  stay  in  good healthy condition in a 24/7 operation.

Lifespan of internal or external HDD & SSD should always be considered. Thus, information stored on each storage device is irreplaceable. Before it’s too late here  are  some  various ways to check on your internal or external hard disk drive health.

1.  HDD Manufacturers  diagnostic tools –  Major  HDD  /  SSD  manufacturers  has  a free  tools  to monitor your hard drive  health  &  performance.  You  can  visit  their  official  website & know the model  number  type  of  storage  drive  for  you  to download.

If you don’t know  the  model  number  of  HDD / SSD  you  can  also  use  the  built-in  function of Windows Device Manager or use a third party diagnostic tool.

2.  Built-in windows tool-CHKDSK. This tool provides a basic diagnostic of drives to check for system errors & finding bad sectors & fixing.

Go to Windows Explorer, Right click Properties, Select Check & Scan drive.

For the advanced users, use the command prompt in administrative privileges. And run CHKDSK together with the parameters.

3.  Built-in windows WMIC command line tool in command prompt. This tool performs you to check hard disk health. It uses the S.M.A.R.T. (Self Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Tool) to see status.

 


4.  Use the third party hard disk diagnostic tool . A software tool which has additional extra features aside from the basic diagnostic like HDDScan, Hard Disk Sentinel, HD Tune & the like.

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