Checking your hard drive SMART status.

How to Test a Hard Drive for Failures

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Every now and then your computer begins to run slow, and your hard drive begins to die. What if you could diagnose this type of behavior? Well guess what, you can. In this tutorial we will show you a basic method on how to check your hard drives SMART status. This will tell you if your hard drive is bad, or failing.

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  1. Test Your Hard Drive in Windows 10
  2. Test Your Hard Drive in Mac OS X
  3. Test Your Hard Drive in Linux
  4. Other Signs of a Failing Hard Drive

Test Hard Drive for Failures in Windows 10

Crystal Disk Info - SMART Status

That’s all there is to it. If your SMART status shows as”Good” then you have nothing to worry about. If your hard drive shows up with any other status you may want to look into creating a backup of your data, and getting a new hard drive soon.

Test Hard Drive for Failures in Mac OS X

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Test Hard Drive for Failures in Linux

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Other Signs of a Failing Hard Drive

Sometimes you can’t simply check the SMART status of your hard drive. Sometimes there is a failing physical component inside of the hard drive, and the SMART status still shows as good. If your SMART status is still showing as good, please consider some of these signs of a failing hard drive.

Signs of a failing hard drive:

  • Ticking noises coming from hard drive
  • Grinding noises coming from hard drive
  • Computer slowdown
  • Computer freezing intermittently when opening large files or applications

If you notice your computer having any of these issues, you may want to look into replacing your hard drive. Keep in mind, some other components of your PC failing may also cause some of these symptoms.

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