How To Check SSD Health

Here are 6 methods you can use to check your SSD health. I have used some of the methods on my own Windows PC and Macbook Pro.

You may want to start with the built-in tool that comes with your PC for basic check. For detail checking, you can use third party testing tools. It will provide more information and status of your SSD. 

Most manufacturers will provide their own SSD testing tool. You can visit their website and download to perform the test on your SSD. 

By following the step-by-step guide, you will be able to know your SSD health condition. Do your backup immediately if you find out there is a problem with your SSD. 

Below are the methods we have listed out for you:

Table of Content

Method 1 – S.M.A.R.T. on Windows PC
Method 2 – S.M.A.R.T. on Mac
Method 3 – 3rd Party Tool on Windows PC
(1) Using Crystal Disk Info
(2) Using Crystal Disk Mark
(3) Using SSD Life
(4) Using SSD Ready
(5) Using Tweak SSD
(6) Using MiniTool
(7) Using Open Hardware Monitor
(8) Using Hard Disk Sentinel
Method 4 – 3rd Party Tool on Mac
Method 5 – Different Manufacturer’s Monitoring Tool
(1) Samsung Magician
(2) Toshiba OCZ SSD Utility
(3) Crucial Storage Executive
(4) Kingston SSD Manager
(5) WD SSD Dashboard
(6) Seagate SeaTools
Method 6 – Visual and Hearing Check

Keep reading to discover what are the methods you can use to check your SSD health. Precaution is always better than cure.

Method 1 – S.M.A.R.T. on Windows PC

This is applicable for Windows PC and we will use the S.M.A.R.T build-in tool on the PC. 

At the command prompt, run “wmic diskdrive get model, status”. This will activate the Windows command line utility WMIC (Windows Management Instrumentation Command).

When the result of the SSD drive you are testing shows “Pred Fail”, the drive health is no good. You may need to do some backup to prevent your data from corrupted. 

If the test result shows “OK”, your drive is all right.

You may watch below video on the steps to do the test !

Source: EasyPcRepairs

Method 2 – S.M.A.R.T. on Mac

This is applicable for Mac and we will use the Disk Utility S.M.A.R.T. features on the computer itself. 

Click “Finder” at the bottom of the screen, this will bring you to the “Applications” folder. From this folder, click “Utilities” and “Disk Utility”, select the SSD you wish to check. From the selection, click “First Aid” to run the test. 

By clicking the “Show Details”, you can see the testing result.

S.M.A.R.T. on Mac
Running First Aid SSD health check on Mac

Method 3 – 3rd Party Tool on Windows PC

(1) Using Crystal Disk Info To Check SSD Health

This is a 3rd party tool for Windows PC Users. The software can download from https://crystalmark.info  website. Choose the CrystalDiskInfo standard edition. 

Follow the on-screen instruction to download and launch the software on your PC. The software is able to detect what drive on the PC and show you the status.

I have an external SSD connected to the USB and an internal HDD inside the PC. Below are the health condition of both drives:

Using Crystal Disk Info
using Crystal Disk Info to check C drive health

It uses a color-coding system to differentiate the condition of the SSD drive you are testing. Blue color represents Good and Yellow signifies Caution.

So, when it is Yellow you need to pay attention to it. Red tells you that the SSD is in critical condition and needs to replace soon.

color coding system to differentiate condition of SSD
Using Crystal Disk Info to check external SSD health

(2) Using Crystal Disk Mark To See SSD Status

This is an MIT-licensed S.M.A.R.T. utility released in 2008. Like the previous Crystal Disk info it is a 3rd party tool for Windows PC Users. The software can also download from https://crystalmark.info  website. 

Choose the CrystalDiskMark standard edition and follow along all the on-screen instruction to launch the program. Select the drive you want to check and wait for the result.

It allows you to check:

  • the port details
  • buffer size
  • read and write speeds
  • power consumption
  • S.M.A.R.T. information
Using Crystal Disk Mark to check SSD health
using Crystal Disk Mark to check C drive health

Crystal Disk Mark is a well-respected benchmarking tool and has been in the market for many years. Most people use this tool for their SSD health check.

You can use it to check the health of your external SSD:

Crystal Disk Mark is a well respected benchmarking tool
using Crystal Disk Mark to check external SSD health

(3) Using SSD Life To Check SSD Condition

This third party health check tool has great compatibility with major SSD manufacturers. Download the tool trial version at https://ssd-life.com/index.html for your full drive information.

using SSD Life tool to check SSD health
using SSD Life to check external SSD health

The paid version is SSD Life Pro and costs you US$14 for one PC license. More licenses will be discounted according to the number of users.

You can use it to check your Apple MacBook Air SSD. It shows you the important flaws that will influence the remaining lifespan of the SSD. 

S.M.A.R.T. attributes for SATA SSD
SSD Life S.M.A.R.T. check status on external SSD

(4) Using SSD Ready To Predict Solid-State Drive Lifespan

This third party tool helps to measure and check SSD life on Windows PC. It will point you to your most frequent writers so that you can optimize those writes.

You can download the current 1.40 version at https://www.ssdready.com/ to predict your SSD lifetime.

The toolbar is easy to maneuver. There are icons like “Start”, “Stop”, “Calculate”, “Processes”, “Options”, “Buy”, “Menu” for you to select. 

SSD Ready status screen
using SSD Ready to check SSD health

(5) Using Tweak SSD

This third party tool has 2 versions, free and commercial. You can use them to optimize and tweak your Windows Operating System. 

You can tell the SSD which storage blocks are no longer in use and erase it to improve performance.

The company which developed this software tool is Totalidea. You can download it from: http://www.totalidea.com/index_1.php

using Tweak SSD
using Tweak SSD to check SSD health

(6) Using MiniTool Partition Wizard

This third party tool can detect how many bad sectors on your SSD and allow you to format the drive. 

You can download the software from: https://www.minitool.com/. 

Select the MiniTool Partition Wizard Free edition from the site to analyse the health of your drives. 

using MiniTool Partition Wizard
using MiniTool Partition Wizard to check SSD health

The Disk Benchmark test within the MiniTool Partition Wizard offers more check on the SSD. Give it a try and see the result.

Disk Benchmark test within the MiniTool Partition Wizard
using MiniTool Partition Wizard Disk Benchmark test to check external SSD health

There are many useful libraries with tips inside the tool for you to use.

(7) Using Open Hardware Monitor

This is a free open source software allowing you to know how much of your SSD’s life is left. The link to download the software is at https://openhardwaremonitor.org/

Under Levels, the application will tell you the remaining life of your SSD.

using open hardware monitor
using Open Hardware Monitor to check SSD health

(8) Using Hard Disk Sentinel

This tool helps you to test and diagnose SSD errors. It runs in the background in real-time. 

Here is the link for you to download the software. Visit https://www.hdsentinel.com/ and get it for a 30 days trial. 

Follow the on-screen instruction and the program will auto-launch and give you the SSD test result. 

I have used the trial version on my desktop PC to test my internal HDD and external SSD. Test results show OK for both drives.

using hard disk sentinel
using Hard Disk Sentinel Evaluation Version to check SSD health
using hard disk sentinel 5.70 pro to check ssd health
using Hard Disk Sentinel 5.70 Pro to check SSD health

Method 4 – 3rd Party Tool on Mac

DriveDx is a 3rd party software you can use on Mac to perform the health check of your SSD. It has a trial version and you can download it from Binary Fruit website https://binaryfruit.com/

Below SSD health indicators will prompt you for a potential drive issues:

  • SSD wear out or write endurance
  • I/O errors
  • Pending sectors
  • Reallocated bad sectors
3rd party tool on mac, DriveDx
DriveDx on Mac to check SSD health

Method 5 – Different Manufacturer’s Monitoring Tool

(1) Samsung Magician

This tool works with Samsung 950, 850, 840, 830 and 470 series. It allows you to access many of the internal features of SSD. 

It provides:

  • firmware update notification
  • installation guide
  • performance benchmarking
  • checking the SSD health
  • give you the Total Bytes Written count

When set at “rapid mode”, it offers you a 2X speed boost through intelligent DRAM caching of the data. This allows read acceleration and write optimization.

Besides, Samsung Magician gives you the overprovisioning control as well as secure erasing. 

Link to download: https://www.samsung.com/semiconductor/minisite/ssd/download/overview/

Samsung Magician
Samsung Magician Download screen 1
Samsung SSD Magician Software
Samsung Magician Download Screen 2

(2) Toshiba OCZ SSD Utility

This is a complementary management software from Toshiba. It helps you maintain and optimize OCZ SSD. 

The dashboard provides you:

  • real-time overview of the SSD status
  • capacity information
  • interface rule
  • health condition
  • Updates

Link to download: https://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Hard-Disk-Utils/OCZ-SSD-Utility.shtml

Toshiba OCZ SSD Utility
OCZ Toshiba SSD Utility Download 1
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OCZ Toshiba SSD Utility Download 2

(3) Crucial Storage Executive

It features an intelligent caching to enhance burst performance up to 10X speed. This technology is Momentum Cache.  It allows users to extend SSD lifetime by reducing redundant writes.

Link to download: https://www.crucial.com/support/storage-executive

Crucial Storage Executive
Crucial Storage Executive Download 1
Crucial Benefits of Storage Executive
Crucial Storage Executive Download 2

(4) Kingston SSD Manager

You are able to:

  • Check the SSD health, status, disk usage
  • View model name, serial number, firmware version
  • Update drive firmware
  • Erase data completely

Link to download: https://www.kingston.com/unitedstates/us/support/technical/ssdmanager

Kingston SSD Manager
Kingston SSD Manager Download 1
Kingston SSD Manager Download
Kingston SSD Manager Download 2

(5) WD SSD Dashboard

The dashboard will detect the SSD and display the model number and firmware version. It also displays the drive health based on S.M.A.R.T. attributes either normal or poor.   

Link to download: https://support.wdc.com/downloads.aspx?p=279

WD SSD Dashboard
Western Digital Dashboard

(6) Seagate SeaTools

There are two versions of SeaTools from Seagate. They are SeaTools Bootable and SeaTools for Windows. 

SeaTools for Windows is much easier to use compared with the bootable version. Yet the bootable version is more powerful although difficult to use.  

Link to download: https://www.seagate.com/sg/en/support/downloads/seatools/seatools-win-master/

Seagate SeaTools
Seagate SeaTools Download 1
Instructions to download SeaTools for Windows
Seagate SeaTools Download 2

Method 6 – Visual and Hearing Check 

This method will need you to look out for grinding noise or physical damages. Check the exterior housing of the SSD for any sign.

If you see frequent crashes or high number of error messages, this may present some sort of SSD damage. Folder or File names with odd characters tell you the SSD is wearing off.

When your saved documents have garbage, it warrants you to take precaution to do a detailed check on the SSD.

Visual and hearing check
Visual Check of SSD

What To Do Next?

Be sure to check your SSD health often. There are symptoms which you can notice that your SSD health is not as good as before. 

Look at your health report, and decide the next course of action. Backup your data and replace it with a new SSD to safeguard your important data. 

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2 thoughts on “How To Check SSD Health”

  1. Wow, this is a great tool to check the health of your computer!!  Nothing’s worse than having your computer crash without warning.  The fact that you can use it on your external hard drive is even more valuable.  It looks easy to use, even for someone like me, who knows little about computers besides how to cruise the internet!  Can you tell me the price (if any) for the programs?  Is there a Chrome application?

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    • Hi Cynthia,

      Glad that you like this article and wish to check the health of your SSD.

      There are various methods you can use freely. Personally I used method 3 (third party tool from Crystal Disk Info) to check my external SSD connected to the USB port. It works fine and give me the status of my SSD. Perhaps you can use this method too.

      So far all the 6 methods I mentioned in this article do not utilize Chrome application, and I am yet to discover its usage. If you come across it, feel free to share with me too.

      SSD has become the norm in most of the new PC in the market. New type like NVMe SSD provide the fastest access speed when it compared with the older SATA SSD type. 

      Feel free to drop me an email if you need further information. I am happy to provide any assistance if I can offer.

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