Hard drive is a greatly important component of a computer, no matter Windows PC or Mac. Yet, every hard drive will fail eventually. So as to protect your Mac data, you have to check the health of internal hard drive. This article will teach you 5 means.
It’s an unquestioned fact that hard drive will definitely fail finally with time going on. It doesn’t matter whether your Mac is equipped with a hard disk drive (HDD) or a solid state drive (SSD). Once your Mac’s internal hard drive gets corrupted, it is sure that the inner data will be compromised as well, like PST corruption. Thus, as you know, this’s the main reason why we always suggest backing up drive data on a regular basis. Meanwhile, apart from periodical backups, you have to check hard drive health at regular intervals. Many users are confused about how to do that. Don’t worry. Here we will list out 5 most common and effective approaches.
1. Mac Performance
First of all, the most direct and simplest means is through your own experience on Mac. More specifically, if you discover that your Mac works strangely slowly, or the Mac begins to become overheated too fast, or you hear grinding sounds from Mac, or Mac frequently gets stuck or crashes suddenly, you can suspect that Mac’s internal hard drive is malfunctioning and demanding a repair.
2. Disk Utility
Aside from obvious Mac poor performance, you could make full use of the built-in disk scan and repair tool, too. That is Disk Utility. You can find and launch it after accessing “Applications” > “Utilities” folder. In its screen, you could select the Mac internal drive from the left side menu and hit “First Aid” tab. Ultimately, in lower right corner, click “Verify Disk” to check drive health.
3. Command Line
Disk Utility on Mac system also has a command line equivalent. It can offer users to perform disk check and maintenance from the terminal. Therefore, you can try command line as well. Reboot Mac and hold down “Command + S” key buttons at the same time to enter the Single User Mode. In the displaying terminal window, you can type “diskutil verifyVolume [drive identifier]” to verify a drive on Mac.
4. Apple Diagnostics
Apple Diagnostics, formerly Apple Hardware Test, is an inbuilt tool for checking hardware issues on Mac, including hard drive. Thereby, you can apply this tool as well. First off, disconnect all external devices from Mac. Then, start Mac and hold down “D” key until you see the “Apple Diagnostics” icon. Subsequently, just follow the onscreen wizard to let it run.
5. Third Party Utility
All listed above are the internal and free methods to check the health of your Mac internal hard drive. Of course, you can employ third party software as well. For example, there are many external tools that could analyze and monitor S.M.A.R.T. data on your Mac. You can select a good-quality and reliable one on the market.
Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including repair mdf and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com