Any average user doesn’t know much about their hard drive. We check out system for possible viruses, install VPNs to stay safe online, and monitor out CPU’s temperature, but we rarely pay close attention to our hard drives, provided they are working normally.
Truth be told, hard drives are less dependent on our attention than most other hardware components. They are not prone to overheating as much as their GPU and CPU counterparts and less subject to viruses. All in all, hard drives are less of a trouble-maker that any other hardware component.
Let’s face it, you remember that you have a hard drive only when something is wrong with it or you’re not satisfied with its capacity. The reason why our hard drives are less demanding and capricious in terms of maintenance is that they rely on S.M.A.R.T. (self-monitoring, analysis, and reporting technology), which allows for timely detecting and addressing any issues that may affect your hard drive’s health.
You can also check S.M.A.R.T data anytime to keep abreast of your HDD’s status and sort out problems in a timely manner. The only problem is that Windows computers don’t feature any built-in tools wherewith you could view your HDD’s S.M.A.R.T. data. Of course, you can take advantage of Command Prompt to check its basic status, but you won’t be able to see the whole picture. That’s when CrystalDiskInfo may come in handy.
Using CrystalDiskInfo On Your Windows PC
CrystalDiskInfo is an open-source program designed to help Windows users check up their HDD’s health. This handy utility can provide you with comprehensive information on your hard drive’s status and alert you to existing problems. You can download CrystalDiskInfo from any reliable online resource, such as Softonic or RocketFiles, and start using it on your Windows PC.
If don’t need an install-able version, there’s also CrystalDiskInfo Portable at your disposal. The portable version doesn’t require installation and is the best solution for those users who want to monitor their hardware components’ health on the move.
Once download and install your CrystalDiskInfo, you can proceed to benchmark your hard disk’s performance. If your hard drive operates properly, the utility will characterize its status as “Good.” Moreover, you’ll also be able to monitor the temperature of your hardware using CrystalDiskInfo.
Still, not all drives are capable of operating perfectly. Should there be any problem, you’ll be able to see it and try to tackle it in a timely manner. Still, if your HDD is broken or almost out of order, the program will notify you of this. In such a case, the status of your hard drive will be deemed “Bad.”
The “Caution” status indicates a device that’s no longer able to perform its functions and needs repair or replacing. If CrystalDiskInfo fails to obtain any information on your hard drive’s health, it will indicate the “Unknown” status.
The program will also provide you with detailed information on each of your HDDs. Should you experience any difficulty interpreting the data, feel free to refer to the S.M.A.R.T. article, which will help you figure out each attribute and understand whether your hard drive is working properly.
If you’re eager to keep track of your HDD’s S.M.A.R.T. status all the time, you can run CrystalDiskInfo as a background program. Don’t worry! It won’t eat up much of your computer’s valuable resources. The program will keep you updated on your disk drive’s S.M.A.R.T. status and any changes in it.
To enable this option, head to the “Function” menu and select the “Resident” option. Then, activate the “Start” option to keep abreast of health status of any of your hard drives.
Check S.M.A.R.T. Status at the Command Prompt
As we have already noted, it’s also possible to check your HDD’s basic S.M.A.R.T. status from the Command Prompt.
Start the Command window by opening the Run program. Just hold down the Win and then press R. Alternatively, you may head to the Windows menu and search for Command Prompt in it.
Enter the following command:
If you hard drives operate properly, you’ll see the “OK” status displayed for them. Should there be some issue, the program will show “Bad” or “Caution.” If the program indicates the “Unknown” status, try checking the status again. Still, if the problem persists, you may want to opt for another disk drive benchmark tool.