Do you actually check your hard drive? For all you know, your hard drive is about to crash and you just don’t know it. The signs are all showing but you’re probably not aware of them. Even worst, you’re ignoring them.
Your computer’s hard disk drive (HDD) works diligently at storing and protecting your data, including files, operating system, and software. Although rarely visible, unless it is an external drive, this workhorse is consistently performing its duties. That is until your computer starts crashing.
Maybe you have seen your PC blue-screen and reboot, or your system takes an unusual amount of time to open a folder. Possibly the hard drive is producing strange noises you have never heard before, or you have noticed files seem to be disappearing.
If any of these events have occurred with your computer, whether it be Windows or a MAC, these signs are indicative of a failing HDD. When your hard drive dies, which it will eventually, without a proper backup, your data can perish as well. To prevent this demise from happening, here are six free sites that will help detect issues with your hard drive.
Yes, there are six free sites that can help you check your hard drive. Take note that these six sites can just detect issues with your hard drive. They will not, in any way, prolong the life of your hard drive. Nonetheless, it wouldn’t hurt to try them out.
The PassMark DiskCheckup boasts of its Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology feature.
Although Windows OS has tools such as Error Checking built-in, there are alternatives that may provide greater insight to your problems. For example, this HDD test that works for most hard drives using Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2008/2003. It’s easy to use with two types of self-tests: short (5 minutes) and long (up to 45 minutes), and can be configured to email you when specific events occur.
In addition, DiskCheckup can help predict HDD failure by tracking Self-Monitoring Analysis, and Reporting Technology (SMART) attributes such as spin-up time, the number of start/stops, hours your system is powered on and the hard drive temperature. Unfortunately, DiskCheckup cannot scan SCSI or RAID devices and is not free for commercial use.
HD Tune can monitor the performance of both the hard disk and SSD. It also works well with memory cards.
HD Tune works with several types of storage devices including internal, external hard drives, solid state drives, and memory cards. The program is easy to use and offers useful tests such as a benchmark read test, run & error scan.
As with DiskCheckup, HD Tune can help determine the health of your hard drive using (SMART). Although earlier versions of this tester only support Windows 7/XP/Vista and 2000, the latest edition, HD Tune Pro 5.70 works with Windows 10. Only personal and home use are permitted.
Macrorit Disk Scanner can tell you if your hard disk is not safe to store any more data.
Checking for bad sectors on your system’s hard drive is easy with Macrorit Disk Scanner. It is fully portable and does not require installation. This scanner works well on several operating systems including Windows