(Special) SSD or HDD will fail? Find out how and why!

If there’s one thing that irritates users in the computing world, it’s the fact that storage drives don’t last forever. Worse still is the possibility that they often stop working without major warnings, especially if your equipment relies on SSD storage instead of mechanical hard drives (HDD).

What very good people don’t know, however, is that hard drives (and even the latest SSDs) are called a system. contain CLEVER (Self-monitoring analysis and reporting technology) to predict when a unit might fail. In this way it is possible to give the user the option to backup and replace the drive before the disaster.

Despite the existence of the system, however, Windows 10 does not have a tool that can readably translate this SMART data. What is clear is forcing users to switch to the command line, PowerShell, and / or Performance Monitor.

(Special) Do you know if one of your hard drives (SSD or HDD) fails

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How to use the command line to access SMART information

In short, there are two ways to check SMART system information to see if a particular drive is having problems.

  1. Access the ‘Start’ menu.
  2. Enter “Command Line”, right click on the first result and choose “Run as Administrator”.
  3. Enter the command “wmic diskdrive get status” and press Enter:

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Very briefly, the above command displays an ‘OK’ line for every drive installed on your system. (I only have one SSD on this notebook). That is, “OK” means that was all … Okay, however, if it says “Bad,” “Unknown,” or “Caution,” there is likely a serious problem with the drive.

Determine if the system predicts a drive failure

To see if SMART is predicting failure in one of your drives, do the following:

  1. Access the ‘Start’ menu.
  2. Enter “Command Line”, right click on the first result and choose “Run as Administrator”.
  3. Enter the command “wmic / namespace: root wmi path MSStorageDriver_FailurePredictStatus” and press Enter:

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Please note what is immediately under PredictFailure! So if “FALSE” happens to appear, it is because everything is okay. However, if it says “TRUE” or “PredictFailure”, it means that SMART is predicting a failure in the near future.

However, the “Reason” column can also display values ​​greater than 0. So in this case, you should check the manufacturer’s website to see if there is any information about this error code. This is because the correspondence between the code and a particular bug often depends on the manufacturer.

How to diagnose a drive using the ‘Performance Monitor’

If the command line is too complicated for you, we can also use the Windows 10 Performance Monitor.

  1. Go to the “Start” menu, type “Performance Monitor” and click on the first result to open the program.
  2. Click on “Data collector set”.
  3. Click on “System”.
  4. Right click on ‘System diganostics’ and select ‘Start’ from the menu.
  5. When the diagnostics are complete, click Reports, then click System Diagnostics.
  6. Under ‘Notifications’, click ‘Disk Checks’.

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Finally, confirm that the “SMART Prediction Failure Check” line in the “Failed” column has the value 0 and that “Passed” appears in the “Description” column. If all is so, it is because there are no problems to report.

However, if you find in the middle of this guide that you have a disc about to join its creator, make a backup and replace it ASAP.

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