How To Check the Health Status of your Hard Drive on Windows

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Hard disks are the most fragile hardware in our computers , if not taken proper care of the entire data stored on them might be at the risk of loss . Once your hard disk develops any defects or error , it will be very hard to recover important files from your hard disk . So before its too late , You should always have a periodical check up  of your hard and find out if they have developed any errors or defects in time . There are many tools available for windows PC’s to monitor the health status of hard disks . Let em introduce you to one of my most used Hard disk diagnostic tool .

hdtuneHD tune is a free windows utility to check your hard disk’s health status and even scans out for errors and bad sectors . HD tune supports all internal and external hard disk and even SSD, USB stick, memory card readers . It is available for all windows operating systems including Windows 7 and windows 8 . Some of its features are :

  • Provides detailed drive information

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  • Error scan functionality to scan for errors .
  • Benchmark the read and write speeds of your hard disks .
  • Provides detailed  heath ( S.M.A.R.T) status of hard disks .

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These are the features available in the free version of HDtune , while the paid version of HD tune has many more advanced features . but these are more than enough to detect all the errors .

If you don’t find any errors then your hard disk is in good health , but if you do find any errors or bad sectors you should move on to the next step . All the hard disk manufacturers provide their own hard disk diagnostic tools . Use these tools to scan your hard disks again and try to fix the errors . you can download them from the links below .

Even if you are able to fix the errors using the above tools ,  i would recommend to take a backup of your important data and prepare your hard disk for RMA / Warranty / Repair if your hard disk is still under warranty . With my previous experience , i would advise you to never trust a hard disk when it develops a defect or error . Eventually the hard disk will crash and take all your data with it . In the next post i will provide you a detailed guide for getting your hard disk RMA’ed or repaired under warranty .

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