HARD DRIVE HEALTH
Make sure your hard drives are in tip-top condition. You can check their physical health using tools such as Speccy (www.piriform.com/speccy), which uses a drive’s S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) status to alert you to early signs of potential disk problems. Also periodically run the Disk Check tool outside of Windows to pick up errors the Windowsbased tool seems to miss.
To do that, right-click the Start button and choose ‘Command Prompt (admin)’, then type the following line: $ chkdisk c: /f /r Press [Y] when prompted, then reboot your PC to run the disk check, which will attempt to fix any errors it finds. If the disk check keeps appearing on startup, click Start > Settings > ‘Update & security’ > Recovery and click ‘Restart now’ under ‘Advanced start-up’. At the Recovery menu, choose Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Command Prompt. Your PC will reboot and you’ll need to select your username and enter your password. When the prompt appears, type the following, substituting
c: for whatever drive letter you’re scanning: $ chkdsk c: /f /r /x This should fix the problem.
Speccy enables you to view each hard drive’s S.M.A.R.T. attributes in detail, highlighting any potential issues that may shorten its life.