Computer Support - Is Your Hard Drive About To Fail? (All)
Most hard drives do not fail all at once, but degrade over time until finally they can't access any data. Your challenge is to identify when the degrading starts to happen, and to preserve the data and replace the drive before a crisis occurs. Many new Enhanced Integrated Drive Electronics (EIDE) drives are S.M.A.R.T. enabled and can help you protect your data. You can monitor Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) enabled drives with several different programs, including a free DiskCheck Utility from https://www.passmark.com/.
CheckDisk reports all the physical characteristics of S.M.A.R.T. enabled drives, including serial number, firmware revision, and model number. You can check the disk for many factors, including spin speed, need for recalibration, spin-up time, and the temperature of the drive. You can see reports on error rates and error counts so you can determine when part of the device starts to fail. Compared to the hassle of replacing gigabytes of lost data, monitoring drive performance is well worth the effort.