Check Hard Drive SMART Status on Windows

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S.M.A.R.T stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology and can provide a report on the health status of hard drives.

This article will show you how to check a drive via the Windows Command Prompt as well as Windows PowerShell.

Note, these built-in Windows tools will only display simple messages about the hard drive so if you need more details another solution would be required.

Personally, if I am questioning the integrity of a drive I simply replace it.


Check SMART Status Using Command Prompt

To use the Windows Command Prompt to check your hard drive’s SMART report press Windows+R which opens the Run dialog box and type cmd and press Enter.

Type the following command and press Enter:

wmic diskdrive get status

WMIC stands for the Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line. This built-in tool will analyze and display the result as “OK”, “Bad”, “Caution” or “Unknown”.

If the disk report OK then you should be good to go. Note that SMART reporting is only about 75% accurate (you can do a web search to confirm my accuracy percentage). However, do pay attention to the other messages which may be indicating that the disk has error reported within the SMART report.


Check SMART Status Using PowerShell

To use Windows PowerShell to check your hard drive’s SMART report, simply open PowerShell and run the following commands.

Get-WmiObject -Class win32_diskdrive -Property STATUS

The above command checks the disk’s status and displays it at the end of the line. Alternatively you can run the following commands.

Get-Disk 0 | Get-StorageReliabilityCounter


Get-PhysicalDisk –FriendlyName PhysicalDisk1 | Get-StorageReliabilityCounter



I hope my article on covering how to obtain a SMART status of my hard drive on Windows using Command Prompt or PowerShell has helped you. I welcome your thoughts, questions or suggestions regarding this article.

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