• Tools for monitoring drive health


    By Lance Whitney

    Today’s PC storage media — traditional disk-based drives and newer solid-state models — are remarkably reliable.

    And that’s sort of a problem: we can become lulled into forgetting that they do fail — that there’s always a chance of a catastrophic malfunction, especially as the drive ages. So it’s good practice to periodically check your drive’s health and find potential errors before they result in lost data.

    There’s a plethora of utilities for checking the reliability and condition of both traditional platter-based drives and solid-state drives. Most use information gathered by the Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T. or, simply, SMART) tools built into nearly every modern drive.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.5.0 (2020-02-03).