I am running Windows 10 on the Surface Pro 3. I would like to check the health of the hard disk, because some WinSxS files have become corrupted. How does one do this?

I have read Tool to test HDD for health? It looks like it is manufacture specific. I have also read How to check the health of a hard drive, and it seems to be Linux specific.

  • possible duplicate of How to check the health of a hard drive
    – bwDraco
    Aug 21, 2015 at 2:04
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    Technically the SP3 has a SSD not a HDD. Any program that checks the S.M.A.R.T data would be applicable. Of course given the age of the SP3 it being a disk problem is greatly reduced.
    – Ramhound
    Aug 21, 2015 at 2:06
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    Basically any app to check disk health that has been compiled for Windows RT.
    – arielnmz
    Aug 21, 2015 at 2:06
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    @arielnmz but SP3 isn't an RT device.
    – Martheen
    Aug 21, 2015 at 2:34
  • You can open Device manager to check the manufacturer of the SSD and download his SSD testing tool. Aug 21, 2015 at 13:58

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Check out the Surface Diagnostic Toolkit, part of the Surface Tools for IT located on the Microsoft Website. It will prompt you run a battery of tests on your Surface, including a test on the health of the SSD.

  • Only for Surface 3 and newer.
    – Kevin
    Dec 28, 2018 at 20:38

Check the Windows Event Log for disk errors.

This is something you can do with stock Windows software, no add-ons. And the data has already been logged on your PC. ie this isn't a test you have to start running now; you can look for problems that occurred in the past.

Open Computer Management (run compmgmt.msc) and in the left pane, nav to System Tools | Event Viewer | Windows Logs , click System. In the right pane, click Filter Current Log. In the Event Sources selector, select "disk" and "Disk". OK. Your middle pane should now show all disk-related events.

If there aren't any "warning" or "error" level, you're good. :) You may be good even if there are a few, depending on what they are. If the text shows anything about "retries", though, that's bad.

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