Worried about Your Hard Drive? Here’s How to Check Its Health

The moment we purchase a technology, say a computer, we muster the fact that it is going to obsolete one day. Now that “one day” has come and our computer has started making weird noises and running slowly. Knowing that these issues are directly associated with the hard drive, we are now concerned about the health of our hard drive. Sure, we would want to know whether it is really near its demise or just undergoing some health problems that a computer repair agency can work upon. Hard drives aren’t meant to live forever but we can’t see the end coming. Even if the drive hasn’t experienced any excessive heat or physical trauma, it is going to die gradually. Hence, one must not wait for the day it begins to produce clicking and screeching sounds and keep a close eye on its health every once in a while. Before bidding it adieu, here’s what you should do to check its health.

Check the Drive’s S.M.A.R.T. Status

What’s better than finding a dead disk? Of course, it is to detect a problematic disk and replace it before it fails to serve more. Fortunately, modern time hard drives come with a S.M.A.R.T. feature that stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology. S.M.A.R.T. monitors different disk attributes and detects a failing disk, which helps you to be ready for replacing the disk before it dies of old age. However, sometimes, even when S.M.A.R.T.status indicates erroneous acts in the disk, the drive deems safe from the jeopardizing bugs and other damages. Also, a storage drive takes time to fail, from one day to one month to one year or more. Hence, you might be sitting there procrastinating, but it is advisable to ooze through your Windows and Mac storage components immediately.

Windows

In Windows PC, it is very easy to check the S.M.A.R.T. status of the drives through Command Prompt. You just have to right-click the Start menu, select Run, and type ‘cmd’ or you can directly type ‘cmd’ in the search bar. A pop-up box will then appear on your computer screen, run ‘wmic diskdrive get model, status’. It will respond as ‘Pred Fail’ if the death is imminent and ‘OK’ if the disk is all fine.

Mac

If you have a Mac, rest assured we are here to help you step down on the right foot. Go to Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility, click on the drive, and look at the S.M.A.R.T. status at the bottom left. It must be showing either ‘Verified’ or ‘Failing’.

Check More Detailed S.M.A.R.T. Status

Did you know that you can face the problems even if the basic S.M.A.R.T. status shows it’s all fine? Hence, for more detailed information and analysis, download CrystalDiskInfo for Windows or DriveDx for macOS. Both these tools have more intermediary labels such as ‘Caution’ or ‘Warning’, which apply to hard disk and SSDs that are on the verge of wearing down but are not necessarily dying. If you are curious to know more about its health, just visit its manufacturer’s site for more detailed tools that take into account certain technologies that are specific to their hard drive only.

Prepare for Its Demise

Instead of thinking ‘If’, consider thinking ‘when’ your hard drive is going to act out. Avoid the ruckus of losing your important files and hassle of taking your system to a computer repair company, by keeping a backup of your computer. Yeah, you heard it right, but have you ever actually done it?

It’s the best way to protect yourself from the heartache later on, plus it takes only a few minutes, let’s say around 15 minutes, to prepare a cloud-based backup. Whether you know your S.M.A.R.T. status or not, ensuring an up-to-date backup is both essential and beneficial.Oftentimes, you ignore the fact that even a partially dead disk can corrupt some extremely crucial files on your computing system, as a result, you face difficulties in the future. Hence, you need to conduct a comprehensive diagnose and repair and protect things that are important for your work. Don’t fret about the cost associated with cloud-based backup for that will be a lot lesser than the cost you might incur for getting lost data recovered professionally.