Check Hard Disk RAID Health Status On Windows

by Klaus on August 3, 2020

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The hard drive is the soul and heart of the computer system.  As it is the place where all the crucial and important data is stored. You can replace most of the components of the computer PC.  But you can not replace or restore the data on your hard disk in lack of backup. So it is important to check RAID hard disk health status to keep it healthy for your crucial data.

 There are several ways to check the hard drive health including inbuilt methods in Windows to your HDD manufacturer’s diagnostic tools. And here in this blog, we will discuss the best possible methods. 

Sometimes Administrators face a RAID configuration failure due to damage disk, despite regular analysis of hard disk health and set up. The fact is that the only regular health analysis is not enough, as the time interval between two checkups is sufficient to damage the disk and affect the all over RAID. Let’s discuss the methods to check hard drive health in the next segment of the blog. 

How to Check RAID Hard Disk Health status?

There are several ways to monitor or check the health status of hard disks, But here we will discuss the easiest and simplest ways for Hard disk Health check and repair. 

1.Monitoring tools from Hard Drive manufacturers:

Hard drive manufacturers have their own traditional monitoring tool to track hard drive health and performance. Follow the below-given steps to monitor the tool for the hard disk.

  • View the make and model number of your hard disk
  • Go to the Support page of the hard drive on the manufacturer’s site and look for the hard drive tool.
  • Initialize the diagnostic features of the hard drive to test the health status of Disk according to the Self-monitoring, analysis, and reporting technology or S.M.A.R.T. attributes. 

2.Using the Windows CHKDSK Tool:

The in-built Windows utility scans the disks to locate system errors. CHKDSK Command also helps to solve your hard drive issue. This integrated utility scans and solves the issues, if possible, or else reports them. If you Check hard drive health at regular intervals then you can reduce the bad disk health status. 

3. With WMIC:

WMIC is a command-line interface that controls and checks the S.M.A.R.T. attributes of a hard disk. It gives you an easy conclusion in the form of OK or Pred Fail. This inbuilt feature is a basic command and has only limited information. 

4. Optimize and Defrag in Windows 10:

Traditional or Native SATA hard drives are a cost-friendly way to keep data like pictures, videos, and various other file types. SSDs work in a quite different way, and they never require defragmentation because the fragmentation connects to where the data is physically kept on the drive, which is not a factor on SSD.  And they are required to optimize sometimes. 

If you find your non-SSD hard drive is performing slow, then check to see how fragmented it is. And for doing so use a Windows 10’s in-built defrag tool. Simply type defrag into the Start menu then go to Defragment and Optimise Drives, then choose the drive and press on  Analyse. Once the fragmentation is detected, Press on Optimise for that drive. We also found that the free app Defraggler detects and reduces fragmentation more accurately, but everyone can not install extra apps when the functionality is already in-built into the OS. 

The explained manual ways can be done if you have the technical process so you must have prior technical expertise. During the manual steps, you may find some faults in your hard drive, so don’t panic. You can go with the RAID Recovery utility. The utility has been insightfully programmed for recovering maximum conceivable data from corrupt RAID hard disks. It underpins both RAID-HDD and RAID-VHD and restores data in their original form at the user-defined location. This is the best way to restore or recover the hard disk data. 

Sum-up

Organizations take many steps to keep their most important and crucial safe and secure. Storage devices having RAID configuration also let you enhance the performance. As RAID configuration has many drives, it is important to keep an eye on the health status of individual hard disks and prevent data loss issues. I hope this blog will help you to retrieve RAID Hard Disk.

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Thomas August 3, 2020 at 11:16

Hi

Thanks for the tips. I would go with the manufacturers tool to check my RAID. Their tools do often have more information about the RAID system than the build in available in Windows.
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Janet Reese August 7, 2020 at 09:34

Hello my name is Janet Reese and i am here to say thanks i was so much in trouble about my pc this article really helped me a lot.
keep the good work.

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