A Quick and Easy Hard Drive Check
Today we are going to show you a quick and easy way to check your hard drive(s) any time you like – and you can do it in less than one minute. This tip will work in Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
Instructions for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users
In Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, press the Windows Key + X to open the right-click start menu. From that menu choose “Command Prompt (Admin)”. When the command prompt opens, type the following command (exactly as shown) at the prompt >
wmic diskdrive get status
and press Enter
Almost immediately, you’ll see the status of your drive(s). I have two hard drives, and both are OK. If you see something other than OK, it may mean Windows is having problems retrieving the S.M.A.R.T. data from your drive(s). If any problems are detected, they will be shown in the Command Prompt window.
Instructions for Windows 7 Users
Open your Start Menu. Type CMD in the Start menu search box. When CMD appears at the top of the search results, right-click it and choose “Run as administrator”. Then proceed exactly as shown for Windows 8x and Windows 10 users.