In the latest test update, Microsoft has released many improvements to Windows 10. Among these, there is a quite useful feature that is to monitor the health of the hard drive. Besides that, there are improvements to Notepad and the Your Phone app.
Windows 10’s hard drive health monitoring feature is really useful because it can detect hardware problems with your storage drives. When there are problems, Windows 10 will notify you before the hard drive completely fails to avoid data loss.
Currently, this feature only works with NVMe SSDs and does not support SATA SSDs and HDDs. In the future, it is possible that Microsoft will add the necessary technologies to support all types of hard drives.
Notify the “health” status of the hard drive
Windows 10 will soon feature a hard drive failure warning
With the new feature, Windows 10 can display a message when your hard drive crashes or when your computer has performance problems. Once you receive the notice, you can view the “health” of your hard drive by visiting Settings> Systems> Storage> Manage disks and volumes.
In the new hard drive management tool, you can choose Properties to see additional information about the hard drive.
Hard drive health monitoring feature
Another cool thing is that Windows 10 can show the estimated lifespan of the hard drive on your computer. This information is calculated by Windows 10 based on hard drive lifespan predictions provided by the manufacturer. Once your hard drive passes the expected lifespan you can still use it, but back up your data to avoid risks.
Besides, Windows 10 can also display free space, hard drive temperature …
It is still unclear when the hard drive health monitoring feature will officially be released.