HARD DRIVE HEALTH

Windows Help & Advice - - WINDOWS 10 KEEP YOUR PC HEALTHY -

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.

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