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How to perform a hard drive health check

Your hard drive is one of the most important parts of your PC, and you may rely on it to store important data.

In case, if it becomes corrupted for whatever reason and you haven’t performed a backup recently, there’s a chance your data could be wiped. If you want to prevent this, it would be a good idea to keep an eye on the health of your hard drive.

How to perform a hard drive health check using BIOS

All PC is provided with a Basic Input Output System (BIOS) or Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) program that doesn’t allow the operating system to connect to the PC’s firmware.

Every time you shut down your PC, that software will load initially, bootstrapping Windows and it will also give you an opportunity to have your PC diagnosed before it gets booted. This method can be used if your PC doesn’t boot into Windows or the hard drive is inaccessible.

The process to run a hard drive pre-boot diagnostics will vary depending on the manufacturer. So, it’s important to visit the manufacturer’s website and check out all the instructions on accessing and running the pre-boot system diagnostics for your PC.

In the meantime, for an idea of how it’s done, to access the pre-boot system via Dell and Lenovo you should follow some steps below:

Dell:

  1. First of all, as soon as your PC is trying to boot up, you should keep clicking the “F12” key until the boot menu displays.
  2. After that, you should tap on “Diagnostics” which may be found on “screenHP”.

Lenovo:

  1. First of all, as your PC will start to boot up, you should keep clicking on the “Esc” button until you see the boot menu.
  2. Then, you should tap on the “F2” key in order to start “diagnosticsRefer.”

How to perform a hard drive health check using Windows CHKDSK Tool

Windows CHKDSK is one of the built-in tools. This tool provides you with an opportunity to have your hard drive scanned for system errors and bad sectors. Your hard drive will be checked for health by highlighting any errors.

As well as scan for problems, if possible, it will fix them and let you know if there is a problem it can’t handle. To start using this tool, you should follow the steps below:

  1. First of all, you should open “Search” and type “cmd.”
  2. After that, you should find and tap on “Run as administrator” which you may find under the “Command Prompt”.
  3. Then, you should fill in “chkdsk” at the prompt line in order to start a basic scan, then you should click on “Enter.”
  4. chkdsk /f /r” also can be used in order to fix bad sectors and recover any readable data if possible.
  5. Next, if you want to dismount your drive, you should type in “chkdsk /f /r /x.

How to perform a hard drive health check using WMIC

Windows Management Instrumentation Command (WMIC) is a command-line interface that gives you an opportunity to perform admin tasks such as checking the health of your hard disk.

Use a Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) feature that enables the hard drive to automatically monitor and provide basic conclusions for your hard drive’s status alone. It’s required to launch a third-party app for additional information.

If you want to check your hard disk status using WMIC you should follow the steps below:

  1. First of all, you should click on the “Windows” + “R” buttons together to open a run command window.
  2. Fill in “cmd” then tap the “Enter” key.
  3. Right-click the command prompt display, then select “Run as administrator”.
  4. Fill in “wmic” in the command prompt window, then click on “Enter.”
  5. Fill in “diskdrive get status,” then tap on “Enter.”
  6. If the report status is “OK,” you have a healthy hard drive.

Hope the article was helpful for you.

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