How Are Your Drives?

By | July 26, 2016
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How Are Your Drives?

Almost all hard drives these days have a feature called SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) which monitors your hard drive(s) for errors. Periodically checking your SMART data is kind of like looking into a hard drive crystal ball. You can find out if your hard drive(s) are at increased risk for imminent failure. Never fear, SMART Is here.

There are dozens of programs you can download to check your hard drive(s) SMART DATA. By why bother downloading a 3rd-party app when Windows has a built in feature that lets you check your drive’s SMART data almost instantly.

All you need to do is open a Command Prompt with Admin privileges.

In Windows 7 open the start menu, type CMD into the start menu search. When CMD appears at the top of the menu, right-click and choose “Run as Administrator”.

In Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, right-click the start button and chose “Command Prompt (Admin)”.

In the Admin Command Prompt enter the following command:


And press Enter.

Make sure you type the command exactly as it’s shown above – or better yet, copy & paste it.

My drives are OK – hope yours are too. If you get error messages or codes, be sure to look them up online. If you’re drive or drives are not OK, make sure your data is backed up.



2 thoughts on “How Are Your Drives?

  1. Jason Miller

    I noticed it even checks both of my WD My Book external drives. Good to know. Thanks for a great tip.

  2. Barbara Jansma

    You do have very good tips to check our computers.
    Thank you very much!


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