Running A Diagnostic Test On Your Hard Drive Using Windows 7’s Own Diagnostic Tool

Feeling that your hard drive is going bad?  But hold your horse cowboy before you go drastic on your hard drive!  Instead of instantly throwing out your hard drive and buy a replacement, why not doing a diagnostic test on the hard drive just to make sure your instinct was right.  Why?  You never know it could be something else that makes your computer acts wonky, and so taking drastic measure on the hard drive might be a waste of money and effort!  OK, so how can one do a diagnostic test on a hard drive?  Read more and I’ll tell you!

There are many third party software that can help you do a diagnostic test on your hard drive, but why use third party software when Windows 7 got one already — that’s if you’re using Windows 7.  A head up though, depending on what settings you pick for your diagnostic test of a hard drive, it can be a very long diagnostic test — so go grab your coffee or popcorn or hotdog or however you want to spend your time in waiting for your hard drive’s diagnostic test to be done.  Oh, never mind, you have to follow the steps below first before you can go grab your things or do your things:

  1. Go to Start button (i.e., an orb with Windows flag)
  2. Go to Computer
  3. Right click on the drive you want to have a diagnostic test to be done on.  If you’re testing the C: drive, most likely Windows will tell you to schedule it for the next boot up, because Windows cannot run a diagnostic test on a hard drive that is in used.
    1. Choose Properties
    2. Go to Tools tab
    3. Click on Check now
      1. If you choose Automatic fix file system errors only and nothing else below, then the diagnostic test can be done a little faster.  If you do not want to have Windows automatically fix file system errors and only want to have a report, then do not choose this option!  (I recommend you to choose this option though)
      2. Choose Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors to have Windows do a more complete and longer diagnostic test on your hard drive.  Do not choose this option if you want a short test, because you can wait for a long time for this test to be done.
    4. Choose Start to either schedule the test for the next boot up or just allow Windows to start a diagnostic test on your hard drive right away.  Of course, if you are testing a hard drive that is in used, then you have to allow Windows to schedule for a test on such a hard drive at the next boot up.

That’s it!  I hope you find this post helpful to your computer problem!

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