How to check disk heath aka S.M.A.R.T data in Windows

Hard drives have a built-in monitoring system called S.M.A.R.T that you can use to check the health of your drive and protect your data

Prerequisites: A Windows PC with Admin access

Expected Outcome: You will be given a simplified health status of your hard drive

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  1. Press Windows key + R
  2. In the Run dialog box type, cmd
  3. From the command prompt window type, wmic diskdrive get status
  4. You will then see a Status prompt that will say OK, Bad, Unknown, or Caution indicating the status of your hard drive