WINDOWS: any way to check hard drive status?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by dotdotdot, Dec 2, 2005.

  1. dotdotdot macrumors 68020

    Jan 23, 2005
    Ok, so its a Windows question...

    does anyone know of any programs or ways to check the hard drive status to see if it is healthy or failing?

  2. Laser47 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2004
    nope, you need to download a SMART status utility. But usually on PC's (at least on all mine) when the computer boots up it will automatically check the status, if the hard drive is failing it will tell you.
    I found out this when I installed a hd and accidently cut the ide cable on the chasis.
    Another funny note; on some pc's when the smart status fails it prevents you from starting the computer up. Making me wonder how they think i should get my data off it.
  3. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Wait, doesn't the hard drive console tell you the SMART status?

    If so, the only way I can remember to get to it (there are others) is when you have "My Computer" visible on your desktop to right click on it, select "Manage", then go to the Drives (or whatever) option. It'll tell you lots about your drives, and I thought SMART status was in there, too.

    That info might be in the Properties window for the drive as well.
  4. generik macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
    You don't need Windows.. your BIOS should display
  5. jbernie macrumors 6502a


    Nov 25, 2005
    Denver, CO
    Open "My Computer", right click one the drive in question, select Properties, select the Tools tab, click on the Check Now button, check both boxes and then click start and cross your fingers.

    This should apply to Win XP and Win 2k. Don't have a 2k machine around to verify. If by chance it happens be a Win 9x or ME machine, then under start / programs/ accessories/ tools / there should be a similar option.


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