Check Drive Health and SMART Status in Windows 10

How to Check Drive Health and SMART Status in Windows 10

With recent updates, Windows 10 is able to retrieve and show the SMART information for storage devices installed in your computer. This allows the user to quickly check the drive health status. The option is available starting in Windows 10 build 20226, which has introduced the Manage disks and volumes page in the Settings app. The new feature supports modern NVMe SSD drives.

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When introduced in build 20226, Microsoft had announced the feature as follows.


Attempting to recover data after drive failure is both frustrating and expensive. This feature is designed to detect hardware abnormalities for NVMe SSDs and notify users with enough time to act. It is strongly recommended that users immediately back up their data after receiving a notification.

So the new option is not just a page in Settings, it is a full featured storage monitor option.

S.M.A.R.T., also written as SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a monitoring system implemented in computer disk drives, including HDDs, SSDs, and eMMC devices. Its primary function is to detect and report drive reliability indicators to prevent data loss and predict catastrophic hardware failures.

To Check Drive Health and SMART Status in Windows 10,

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to System > Storage.
  3. On the right, click on the Manage Disks and Volumes link.Windows 10 Settings Manage Disks And Volumes
  4. On the next page, click the on the drive you want to check the SMART status for.Windows 10 Select Drive In Manage Disks And Volumes
  5. Click on the Properties button below the drive's name line.Windows 10 Drive Properties Button In Manage Disks And Volumes
  6. On the next page, you'll find the drive health report value under the Drive health section.Windows 10 Checl Drive Health Smart Status

You are done.

If you don’t see the temperature details, ensure that you have the proper Windows 10 build installed. Also, this may mean that your drive is not recognized properly by Windows 10, so the OS can't retrieve its temperature. As of the time of this writing, it only supports NVMe SSD drives.

In this case, you can use a few other built-in Windows tools to retrieve the drive status indicator values. If you are running a Windows 10 version without the above feature, you can do the following.

Check Drive Health and SMART Status in PowerShell

  1. Open PowerShell as Administrator.
  2. Type or copy-paste the following command: Get-WmiObject -namespace root\wmi -class MSStorageDriver_FailurePredictStatus.
  3. See the line PredictFailure. For a healthy drive, it should say False.
  4. If the above value is True, then the drive is in the faulty state. The next line, Reason,  contains the status code that describes the exact reason of the issue. See the reference table below for the error codes.

Check Drive Health and SMART Status in Command Prompt

  1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator.
  2. Type or copy-paste the following command: wmic /namespace:\\root\wmi path MSStorageDriver_FailurePredictStatus.
  3. See the PredictFailure column. For a healthy drive, it should say False.
  4. If the above value is True, then the drive is in the faulty state. The next column, Reason,  contains the status code that describes the exact reason of the issue. See the reference table below for the error codes.

Known SMART attributes and status codes

IDAttribute nameDescription
Read Error Rate(Vendor specific raw value.) Stores data related to the rate of hardware read errors that occurred when reading data from a disk surface. The raw value has different structure for different vendors and is often not meaningful as a decimal number.
Throughput PerformanceOverall (general) throughput performance of a hard disk drive. If the value of this attribute is decreasing there is a high probability that there is a problem with the disk.
Spin-Up TimeAverage time of spindle spin up (from zero RPM to fully operational [milliseconds]).
Start/Stop CountA tally of spindle start/stop cycles. The spindle turns on, and hence the count is increased, both when the hard disk is turned on after having before been turned entirely off (disconnected from power source) and when the hard disk returns from having previously been put to sleep mode.
Reallocated Sectors CountCount of reallocated sectors. The raw value represents a count of the bad sectors that have been found and remapped. Thus, the higher the attribute value, the more sectors the drive has had to reallocate. This value is primarily used as a metric of the life expectancy of the drive; a drive which has had any reallocations at all is significantly more likely to fail in the immediate months.
Read Channel MarginMargin of a channel while reading data. The function of this attribute is not specified.
Seek Error Rate(Vendor specific raw value.) Rate of seek errors of the magnetic heads. If there is a partial failure in the mechanical positioning system, then seek errors will arise. Such a failure may be due to numerous factors, such as damage to a servo, or thermal widening of the hard disk. The raw value has different structure for different vendors and is often not meaningful as a decimal number.
Seek Time PerformanceAverage performance of seek operations of the magnetic heads. If this attribute is decreasing, it is a sign of problems in the mechanical subsystem.
Power-On HoursCount of hours in power-on state. The raw value of this attribute shows total count of hours (or minutes, or seconds, depending on manufacturer) in power-on state.

"By default, the total expected lifetime of a hard disk in perfect condition is defined as 5 years (running every day and night on all days). This is equal to 1825 days in 24/7 mode or 43800 hours."

On some pre-2005 drives, this raw value may advance erratically and/or "wrap around" (reset to zero periodically).

Spin Retry CountCount of retry of spin start attempts. This attribute stores a total count of the spin start attempts to reach the fully operational speed (under the condition that the first attempt was unsuccessful). An increase of this attribute value is a sign of problems in the hard disk mechanical subsystem.
Recalibration Retries or Calibration Retry CountThis attribute indicates the count that recalibration was requested (under the condition that the first attempt was unsuccessful). An increase of this attribute value is a sign of problems in the hard disk mechanical subsystem.
Power Cycle CountThis attribute indicates the count of full hard disk power on/off cycles.
Soft Read Error RateUncorrected read errors reported to the operating system.
Current Helium LevelSpecific to He8 drives from HGST. This value measures the helium inside of the drive specific to this manufacturer. It is a pre-fail attribute that trips once the drive detects that the internal environment is out of specification.
Available Reserved SpaceSee attribute E8.
SSD Program Fail Count(Kingston) The total number of flash program operation failures since the drive was deployed. Identical to attribute 181.
SSD Erase Fail Count(Kingston) Counts the number of flash erase failures. This attribute returns the total number of Flash erase operation failures since the drive was deployed. This attribute is identical to attribute 182.
SSD Wear Leveling CountCounts the maximum worst erase count on any block.
Unexpected Power Loss CountAlso known as "Power-off Retract Count" per conventional HDD terminology. Raw value reports the number of unclean shutdowns, cumulative over the life of an SSD, where an "unclean shutdown" is the removal of power without STANDBY IMMEDIATE as the last command (regardless of PLI activity using capacitor power). Normalized value is always 100.
Power Loss Protection FailureLast test result as microseconds to discharge cap, saturated at its maximum value. Also logs minutes since last test and lifetime number of tests. Raw value contains the following data:
  • Bytes 0-1: Last test result as microseconds to discharge cap, saturates at max value. Test result expected in range 25 <= result <= 5000000, lower indicates specific error code.
  • Bytes 2-3: Minutes since last test, saturates at max value.
  • Bytes 4-5: Lifetime number of tests, not incremented on power cycle, saturates at max value.

Normalized value is set to one on test failure or 11 if the capacitor has been tested in an excessive temperature condition, otherwise 100.

Erase Fail CountS.M.A.R.T. parameter indicates a number of flash erase command failures.
Wear Range DeltaDelta between most-worn and least-worn Flash blocks. It describes how good/bad the wearleveling of the SSD works on a more technical way.
Used Reserved Block Count Total"Pre-Fail" attribute used at least in Samsung devices.
Unused Reserved Block Count Total"Pre-Fail" attribute used at least in HP devices.
Program Fail Count Total or Non-4K Aligned Access CountTotal number of Flash program operation failures since the drive was deployed.
Number of user data accesses (both reads and writes) where LBAs are not 4 KiB aligned (LBA % 8 != 0) or where size is not modulus 4 KiB (block count != 8), assuming logical block size (LBS) = 512 B.
Erase Fail Count"Pre-Fail" Attribute used at least in Samsung devices.
SATA Downshift Error Count or Runtime Bad BlockWestern Digital, Samsung or Seagate attribute: Either the number of downshifts of link speed (e.g. from 6Gbit/s to 3Gbit/s) or the total number of data blocks with detected, uncorrectable errors encountered during normal operation. Although degradation of this parameter can be an indicator of drive aging and/or potential electromechanical problems, it does not directly indicate imminent drive failure.
End-to-End error / IOEDCThis attribute is a part of Hewlett-Packard's SMART IV technology, as well as part of other vendors' IO Error Detection and Correction schemas, and it contains a count of parity errors which occur in the data path to the media via the drive's cache RAM.
Head StabilityWestern Digital attribute.
Induced Op-Vibration DetectionWestern Digital attribute.
Reported Uncorrectable ErrorsThe count of errors that could not be recovered using hardware ECC (see attribute 195).
Command TimeoutThe count of aborted operations due to HDD timeout. Normally this attribute value should be equal to zero.
High Fly WritesHDD manufacturers implement a flying height sensor that attempts to provide additional protections for write operations by detecting when a recording head is flying outside its normal operating range. If an unsafe fly height condition is encountered, the write process is stopped, and the information is rewritten or reallocated to a safe region of the hard drive. This attribute indicates the count of these errors detected over the lifetime of the drive.

This feature is implemented in most modern Seagate drives and some of Western Digital's drives, beginning with the WD Enterprise WDE18300 and WDE9180 Ultra2 SCSI hard drives, and will be included on all future WD Enterprise products.

Temperature Difference or Airflow TemperatureValue is equal to (100-temp. °C), allowing manufacturer to set a minimum threshold which corresponds to a maximum temperature. This also follows the convention of 100 being a best-case value and lower values being undesirable. However, some older drives may instead report raw Temperature (identical to 0xC2) or Temperature minus 50 here.
G-sense Error RateThe count of errors resulting from externally induced shock and vibration.
Power-off Retract Count, Emergency Retract Cycle Count (Fujitsu), or Unsafe Shutdown CountNumber of power-off or emergency retract cycles.
Load Cycle Count or Load/Unload Cycle Count (Fujitsu)Count of load/unload cycles into head landing zone position. Some drives use 225 (0xE1) for Load Cycle Count instead.

Western Digital rates their VelociRaptor drives for 600,000 load/unload cycles, and WD Green drives for 300,000 cycles; the latter ones are designed to unload heads often to conserve power. On the other hand, the WD3000GLFS (a desktop drive) is specified for only 50,000 load/unload cycles.

Some laptop drives and "green power" desktop drives are programmed to unload the heads whenever there has not been any activity for a short period, to save power. Operating systems often access the file system a few times a minute in the background, causing 100 or more load cycles per hour if the heads unload: the load cycle rating may be exceeded in less than a year. There are programs for most operating systems that disable the Advanced Power Management (APM) and Automatic acoustic management (AAM) features causing frequent load cycles.

Temperature or Temperature CelsiusIndicates the device temperature, if the appropriate sensor is fitted. Lowest byte of the raw value contains the exact temperature value (Celsius degrees).
Hardware ECC Recovered(Vendor-specific raw value.) The raw value has different structure for different vendors and is often not meaningful as a decimal number.
Reallocation Event CountCount of remap operations. The raw value of this attribute shows the total count of attempts to transfer data from reallocated sectors to a spare area. Both successful and unsuccessful attempts are counted.
Current Pending Sector CountCount of "unstable" sectors (waiting to be remapped, because of unrecoverable read errors). If an unstable sector is subsequently read successfully, the sector is remapped and this value is decreased. Read errors on a sector will not remap the sector immediately (since the correct value cannot be read and so the value to remap is not known, and also it might become readable later); instead, the drive firmware remembers that the sector needs to be remapped, and will remap it the next time it's written.

However, some drives will not immediately remap such sectors when written; instead the drive will first attempt to write to the problem sector and if the write operation is successful then the sector will be marked good (in this case, the "Reallocation Event Count" (0xC4) will not be increased). This is a serious shortcoming, for if such a drive contains marginal sectors that consistently fail only after some time has passed following a successful write operation, then the drive will never remap these problem sectors.

(Offline) Uncorrectable Sector CountThe total count of uncorrectable errors when reading/writing a sector. A rise in the value of this attribute indicates defects of the disk surface and/or problems in the mechanical subsystem.
UltraDMA CRC Error CountThe count of errors in data transfer via the interface cable as determined by ICRC (Interface Cyclic Redundancy Check).
Multi-Zone Error RateThe count of errors found when writing a sector. The higher the value, the worse the disk's mechanical condition is.
Write Error Rate (Fujitsu)The total count of errors when writing a sector.
Soft Read Error Rate or
TA Counter Detected
Count indicates the number of uncorrectable software read errors.
Data Address Mark errors or
TA Counter Increased
Count of Data Address Mark errors (or vendor-specific).
Run Out CancelThe number of errors caused by incorrect checksum during the error correction.
Soft ECC CorrectionCount of errors corrected by the internal error correction software.
Thermal Asperity RateCount of errors due to high temperature.
Flying HeightHeight of heads above the disk surface. If too low, head crash is more likely; if too high, read/write errors are more likely.
Spin High CurrentAmount of surge current used to spin up the drive.
Spin BuzzCount of buzz routines needed to spin up the drive due to insufficient power.
Offline Seek PerformanceDrive's seek performance during its internal tests.
Vibration During WriteFound in Maxtor 6B200M0 200GB and Maxtor 2R015H1 15GB disks.
Vibration During WriteA recording of a vibration encountered during write operations.
Shock During WriteA recording of shock encountered during write operations.
Disk ShiftDistance the disk has shifted relative to the spindle (usually due to shock or temperature). Unit of measure is unknown.
G-Sense Error RateThe count of errors resulting from externally induced shock and vibration.
Loaded HoursTime spent operating under data load (movement of magnetic head armature).
Load/Unload Retry CountCount of times head changes position.
Load FrictionResistance caused by friction in mechanical parts while operating.
Load/Unload Cycle CountTotal count of load cycles Some drives use 193 (0xC1) for Load Cycle Count instead. See Description for 193 for significance of this number.
Load 'In'-timeTotal time of loading on the magnetic heads actuator (time not spent in parking area).
Torque Amplification CountCount of attempts to compensate for platter speed variations.
Power-Off Retract CycleThe number of power-off cycles which are counted whenever there is a "retract event" and the heads are loaded off of the media such as when the machine is powered down, put to sleep, or is idle.
GMR Head Amplitude (magnetic HDDs), Drive Life Protection Status (SSDs)Amplitude of "thrashing" (repetitive head moving motions between operations).

In solid-state drives, indicates whether usage trajectory is outpacing the expected life curve

Life Left (SSDs) or TemperatureIndicates the approximate SSD life left, in terms of program/erase cycles or available reserved blocks. A normalized value of 100 represents a new drive, with a threshold value at 10 indicating a need for replacement. A value of 0 may mean that the drive is operating in read-only mode to allow data recovery.

Previously (pre-2010) occasionally used for Drive Temperature (more typically reported at 0xC2).

Endurance Remaining or Available Reserved SpaceNumber of physical erase cycles completed on the SSD as a percentage of the maximum physical erase cycles the drive is designed to endure.

Intel SSDs report the available reserved space as a percentage of the initial reserved space.

Media Wearout Indicator (SSDs) or Power-On HoursIntel SSDs report a normalized value from 100, a new drive, to a minimum of 1. It decreases while the NAND erase cycles increase from 0 to the maximum-rated cycles.

Previously (pre-2010) occasionally used for Power-On Hours (more typically reported in 0x09).

Average erase count AND Maximum Erase CountDecoded as: byte 0-1-2 = average erase count (big endian) and byte 3-4-5 = max erase count (big endian).
Good Block Count AND System(Free) Block CountDecoded as: byte 0-1-2 = good block count (big endian) and byte 3-4 = system (free) block count.
Head Flying Hours or 'Transfer Error Rate' (Fujitsu)Time spent during the positioning of the drive heads. Some Fujitsu drives report the count of link resets during a data transfer.
Total LBAs WrittenTotal count of LBAs written.
Total LBAs ReadTotal count of LBAs read.
Some S.M.A.R.T. utilities will report a negative number for the raw value since in reality it has 48 bits rather than 32.
Total LBAs Written ExpandedThe upper 5 bytes of the 12-byte total number of LBAs written to the device. The lower 7 byte value is located at attribute 0xF1.
Total LBAs Read ExpandedThe upper 5 bytes of the 12-byte total number of LBAs read from the device. The lower 7 byte value is located at attribute 0xF2.
NAND Writes (1GiB)Total NAND Writes. Raw value reports the number of writes to NAND in 1 GB increments.
Read Error Retry RateCount of errors while reading from a disk.
Minimum Spares RemainingThe Minimum Spares Remaining attribute indicates the number of remaining spare blocks as a percentage of the total number of spare blocks available.
Newly Added Bad Flash BlockThe Newly Added Bad Flash Block attribute indicates the total number of bad flash blocks the drive detected since it was first initialized in manufacturing.
Free Fall ProtectionCount of "Free Fall Events" detected.

The above table is taken from Wikipedia.

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