Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: What is a good tool to check the state of your harddrives?

08 Jun 2014   #1
Max Pen

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
What is a good tool to check the state of your harddrives?

I want to check the health so to speak of my hard drives on which my precious data is located.

I want to be prepared when one of them doesn't boot anymore and I don't loose the data on it.

I need legit tools and not maleware stuff this is why I ask here and not search google which is full of fake stuff.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
08 Jun 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Max Pen View Post
I want to check the health so to speak of my hard drives on which my precious data is located.

I want to be prepared when one of them doesn't boot anymore and I don't loose the data on it.

I need legit tools and not maleware stuff this is why I ask here and not search google which is full of fake stuff.
I'd get the diagnostic tools available on the drive manufacturer's web site. And I'd pay attention to SMART details, particularly bad sector count.

There are other tools to measure speed. And other tools to inspect the file system and partitions, rather than the drive itself.

Problem is, hard drives quite often die suddenly and without warning. Healthy today by all accounts. Dead and gone tomorrow.

So the tools won't really keep you from losing data. The way to prepare for that is to back up your stuff so that all a drive failure means to you is that you have to spend money on a new drive and take the time to install it and restore your stuff from the backup.

Last price I saw for professional data recovery from a dead drive was $700 on up. Free tools may or may not help, but if you're backed up that really doesn't matter.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 What is a good tool to check the state of your harddrives?




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Tool to check SSD drives?
Anyone know of a good app for checking the health of SSD drives? I'm beginning to think my 250GB Apacer SSD might have corrupted some Windows data.
Hardware & Devices
SSD-Z Solid State Drive Tool
SSD-Z Changes | 2015 Mar 15 --------------------------- - The current user locale is now used to determine if Celcius or Fahrenheit should be used to display the temperature. If you wish to switch, click on the temperature panel on the device tab. - The program is now DPI aware, meaning that...
Software
Random BSOD with PC in idle state: Bug Check 124
I've experienced several BSOD episodes resulting ultimately with PC shut down. Don't know how many more my SSD can withstand hoping you can help me with this. Thanks in Advance
BSOD Help and Support
SSD (solid state Disk) existence check
Hi dear, How can I check the existence of SSD in my pc.
Hardware & Devices
Windows Easy Transfer vs. User State Migration Tool
Do you know if there is a difference between these two tools? MS site sometimes points to one and sometimes to another when recomending a tool for migrating from XP to Win7, Also, should I expect problems or take special steps when migrating from XP x86 to Win7 X64, using one of these or...
Installation & Setup


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 18:25.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App