How To Know If Your Hard Drive Is Failing
(updated 16 April 2015)
Hard disk is the most important component of a computer, since it stores everything. If it fails we loose everything.
Hard drives uses S.M.A.R.T (self monitoring, analysis and reporting technology), as the name suggests, self analysis about their own reliability and if they are failing.
By viewing the hard disks own S.M.A.R.T data report, you can know if your hard drive is failing.
But unfortunately, Windows does not provide us with an easy to use built-in tool to collect and see S.M.A.R.T data. We need to use a third party to collect and view a detail report on disks S.M.A.R.T report.
Though in Windows there is a way to check your hard disk S.M.A.R.T status from the command prompt. More on that later. Before the inevitable happens its good to know the Common factors that may cause hard disk failure.
Free Tool to Know if your Hard Drive is Failing:
CrystalDiskInfo is a open source program, easy to use. It can quickly and accurately display the S.M.A.R.T status report generated by your Hard drive in windows. Giving you important information to know if your hard drive is failing.
Download this Tool for free, installation is easy. After installation, all you have to do is launch the program to view the S.M.A.R.T status report for your hard disk. If your hard disk is working properly, you should see the status as GOOD, as shown in the image below.
CrystalDiskInfo tool, apart from displaying the S.M.A.R.T status report, it also displays many other information about your hard drive.
It displays the current temperature of your hard disc and other information’s like read error rate, throughput performance, spin-up-time etc. If all these reports are shown with a Blue dot, all’s well. If any data is shown with yellow dot, it’s a warning and time to backup.
You can also enable the tool to run constantly in the background, by enabling it via Function > Resident. This way CrystalDiskInfo will pop up and alert you if there is any change in S.M.A.R.T status report.
Quick Way To know if your Hard Drive is Failing:
You can get a quick S.M.A.R.T check without installing any third party tool. Open the command prompt window by typing cmd in the windows search bar. In the command prompt window type the following commands and press enter after each command:
diskdrive get status
If everything is working properly with your hard drive you will see the OK status on the command prompt. If anything else is displayed, you will need a third party tool for further analysis.
Its important to know and check the Hard drive status, so you get enough time to back up all your data. However if you get error in S.M.A.R.T status report, this doesn’t mean that you hard drive will fail immediately. It tells you that the drive is failing.
You may like to read about Free system backup and restore software.
A complete failure could occur in minutes or few months or even a year. No body can predict when ? so don’t trust a failing hard drive and back up your data as soon as possible.