Let's face It, computers do not last forever and the more they're used, the greater the chance of a hardware component or device failing at some point. SSDs (Solid State Drives) and the traditional spinning HDDs, are certainly part of this equation. Whether you're running the former or the latter, It's very Important to make sure It's functioning correctly. In this tutorial, I will show you how to monitor the heath status of your SSD or HDD.
There's no question that Solid State Drives have their benefits over HDDs, such as quicker boot times, faster execution of applications & files, and less susceptible to damage due to no moving parts. However, their lifespan Isn't as long as that of a HDD- namely the limited amount of writes that It can handle, thus could possibly then go Into read-only mode or fail In It's entirety.
Hard Disk Drives on the hand, have mechanical moving parts which (In terms of failure), speaks for Itself. Simply bumping or dropping It, can In fact damage It beyond repair. Both types of drives, can also overheat (yes, SSDs do!) without warning, hence It's Imperative to know exactly what's going on.
I will demonstrate how to keep an eye on your drive(s), by using a neat little portable tool named CrystalDiskInfo, which can be downloaded from this reputable website. For the purpose of this article, I will be referencing my Solid State Drive. So without further delay, let's get this tutorial started.