How to Check Hard Disk Health

By | June 20, 2014

Hard-disk is one of the important part of your device that helps you to run your computer and allows to save all your important document safe inside. Hard Disk failure is possible a worst thing that can happen to your system. There are some possible way to check your hard disk whether it is working fine or have any issues.


This is a good practice to check device drive time-to-time using some tool or available resource from operating system provider. There are certain tests that you can follow to do so. I am not sure whether it can fix the problem or not but at least you will get the details whether a replacement drive is necessary or not.

As I told there are several ways to do that, here I will show you the guide to check your hard disk using inbuilt Windows resource. This resource is available on all Windows 7, 8 and 8.1

How to Check Hard Disk Health

Step 1: Check Hard Disk for errors

All Windows running these days include a utility called Chkdsk.exe, a tool that can check your hard disk for any bad sectors. Here also there two ways to accomplish this, either you can go for Command Prompt method or graphical method. Follow this link if you are interested to go for first method and for other method, here below are the complete guide.

  • Launch/Start Windows Explorer, right click the drive that you wish to examine and choose Properties.
  • Switch to the Tools tab and click the “Check Now” button under Error checking.
  • Select “Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors” to perform a thorough disk check.


Step 2: Analyze the drive after checkup

Is your CPU sometime make strange sound? do you notice that? Well, if the hard drive is making sounds that seems strange to you then it could be a alarming situation, in these kind of situation you just need to turn off the PC before it cause some other damage.

But the thing is that how you will differentiate that sound you are getting from the PC is happening due to hard disk error or something else. Here is an handy website that lists all possible sound that you can get if it is hard disk issue. If your disk is making a similar sound, spent some bucks and replace that as soon as you can.

Step 3: Catch errors before the damage

Among several tools the Disk Checkup is a free hard disk monitoring tool that shows number of data about your disk after checking it completely. While the level of information it offers may easily confuse even tech-savvy users, just let them appearing on the screen, you just keep the tool running in the background. It will automatically find the error and try to fix those issues which they can.

Not only that it even shows your read and write error rate, disk’s temperature, etc. and will show alerts you when the values of any of these parameters goes to below average level. These are the things you need to check properly to keep your hard drive health that keeps your data intact from any kind of loss. Use this free tool to manage everything.

Step 4: Test your Hard Disk throughly

There are many diagnostic tool available for Windows operating system but not all of them works good, I would recommend you to use SeaTools. The tool is even useful that it can check your hard disk without starting the windows using DOS mode. The utility is offered by SeagateA hard disk making company, but it works with non-Seagate disk drives as well.

Here also there are two kinds of file they are giving for this purpose, either you can download the software for Windows or download DOS version. It depends on you which version you want. If you don’t have much idea about DOS and hot it works then go for the Windows version otherwise here is how you can achieve DOS checkup:

To get started with the DOS method,

  • You first need to download the ISO image of SeaTools from the link given above and create a bootable CD.
  • Now boot the computer with the CD in the drive, accept the license agreement and run a long test (the full scan).
  • If any defects are found, a list will be offered at the end or after aborting the disk scan.

There might be a chance not to support this tool because sometimes the Computer vendor provide their own tool to do so. Follow the link according to the brand of your PC you are using. SamsungHitachiToshiba(Fujitsu), Western DigitalLenovoDell, etc.