Check up Hard Disk Health natively in Windows 10/8/7 using WMIC

While it is always a good idea to regularly check your Hard Disk Health for Errors & Bad Sectors,  it is equally important to monitor the Hard Disk regularly, if you don’t want to be caught unawares by a hard disk failure for no apparent reason. Hard Disks these days, use Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology or SMART to monitor its own health and send out signals if it is failing.

To check the status of your Hard Disk health you can use the WMIC or Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line. The WMIC is a command-line and scripting interface that simplifies the use of Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and systems managed through WMI. Using the WMI Commands,, it can help you carry out several administrative tasks, including for instance, finding out the computer model name or serial number of your Windows PC.

Hard Disk Health

To check your Hard Disk Health natively, open a command prompt window. First type wmic and hit Enter. Then type diskdrive get status and hit Enter.

If the status of your hard disk is fine, you will see a message OK. If Windows faces problems in retrieving the SMART information, it will probably mean that the hard disk may face issues and this will be reflected in the message that is returned.

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In the eventuality that your hard disk status is not OK, it might be a good idea to keep a watch on the noises that a dying hard disk makes, and back up all your data natively or by using some free third-party backup software.

It might then be good idea to consider changing your hard disk, as a dying disk can result in data corruption too – before it eventuality dies.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

17 Comments

  1. Black_Ps`

    Hard Disk Santinel is much better!

  2. roraniel

    It reports all five of my HDD’s but it ust says OK five times. In the event of a problem with one disk how do I know which drive marches to the report?

  3. Matthew Sawyer

    Windows reporting of HDD and SSD health really isn’t that good. Typically it only sounds the alarm once one or more of the SMART attributes have tripped. Third party tools are going to be much better, and tend to offer continuous disk health monitoring and alerting.
    My two favorites are WindowSMART 2013 and HD Sentinel. Both offer 30-day trials, after which you must purchase them to continue using them. Both offer “family” licenses for all PCs in a home and both offer tiered pricing for businesses. WindowSMART offers tremendous flexibility and presents early warnings to common disk problems, and can send out instant alerts on a variety of mobile devices, and it can back up your data if the problem is severe. HD Sentinel doesn’t offer as many notification options, but it can work with disks in RAID arrays so HD Sentinel is a handsome option for enterprise hardware.
    If you prefer free/open source, check out Crystal Disk Info and smartmontools. I don’t believe either of these offer automation or remote alerting, but hey…they’re free and they’re darn nice tools! Way better than what Windows offers out of the box.

  4. Usman Shaikh

    getting error
    description: server execution failed
    what can i do

  5. Rajendhiran N

    At the start up boot menu says HDD is bad and press F1 to continue. By pressing F1 it is starting normally and works normally. But when I checked thru scan disk and surface check, everything is OK and healthy. Really my HDD is bad? How to correct it?

  6. 123

    Helpful post

  7. crazy.downloader

    Did exactly what is mentioned in the articles,unfortunately encounter an ERROR message that says,”The specified module could not be found”.

    Windows 7 Pro 64 bit OS.

  8. crazy.downloader

    Is this article valid for 32 bit machine or even for 64 bit…? In my 64 bit machine running windows 7 pro, i’m getting Error message. Any help would be appreciated..!

  9. Afham Khan

    i check the status of my hard drive through wmic
    my status comes
    Status:
    Pred Fail
    what can i do ?? help me

  10. See last two paragraphs. Backup all your data first in any case.

  11. Rodolfo

    very good tip.
    thx.

  12. Arjun Raja

    My Hard Disk makes a click sound rarely. and then suddenly PC freezes for…like 30 seconds… and starts working normally… very rarely i get BSOD…
    i tried changing the SATA cable.. and i didnt get the clicking sound for like 2 weeks…

    and now the clicking sound and freezing happens again… time to time…atleast once a day… does that mean…its time for me to change my harddisk?

  13. Muhammad Akhtar

    my status is Alias not found what should i do admin?

  14. Pavan Devunuri

    C:UsersHITANI>wmic

    wmic:rootcli>

  15. Pavan Devunuri

    my status nothing as shown

  16. jraju

    What are the other messages that will be displayed when the wmic command is not getting OK OK. How to workaround those problems.

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