If your computer is much slower than it’s supposed to be, and you’ve tried just about everything to speed it up, there’s a good chance you might be dealing with a bad hard drive. In which case, you need to perform a hard drive test using hard drive testing software.
Hard drives fail all the time for many reasons – age, heat, power surges, physical abuse to the computer it’s installed in, and sometimes even at random. I’ve experienced many cases where I installed a brand new hard drive and it failed within a couple of weeks. Failed drives are not uncommon. It happens to everyone.
It’s always important to know the health of your hard drive so you don’t risk losing any important files. Chances are, you have years worth of pictures, schoolwork, business files, or tax files saved and can’t afford to lose them. If that’s the case, continue reading to learn how you can always know the health of your hard drive.
Diagnosing with Hard Drive Sentinel
Hard Disk Sentinel is a hard drive testing software tool for PC that performs background tests on your hard drive and informs you of its health. The program is set to automatically open when you start up your computer and provide you with a percentage between 0% – 100%. Of course, the lower the percentage, the poorer the condition of your drive. Anything less than 100% is considered a failed drive and this is when you should absolutely take precautionary measures and backup your files onto an external drive or flash drive. However, you should really get into the habit of backing up your files all the time anyways. Here are the steps to installing Hard Disk Sentinel:
Download Hard Drive Sentinel
Download the Hard Disk Sentinel (Standard) from this link: Hard Disk Sentinel
Install the program once it’s finished downloading. Just click next throughout all the steps.
After the installation, a screen will pop up. Hard Disk sentinel will perform a basic hard drive test and provide you with the results.Near the top right corner, you’ll notice your hard drive(s) listed along with its health, and its temperature. Remember, 100% = good and less than 100% = bad.