Windows 10: This handy new feature will warn if your drive is about to fail

  • 6 October 2020
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Windows 10 will soon alert users if their SSD is at risk of breaking down, and advise them to back up their data pronto.


October 6, 2020 By Owen Hughes 


We've all been in the unfortunate situation of desperately trying to recover important data from a storage drive that's met an untimely end. Fortunately, Microsoft is now working on a new feature that will help warn users of an impending drive failure before the dreaded event occurs.

The new feature comes packaged as part of the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20226, and is designed to detect hardware abnormalities for NVMe SSD and provide a heads-up when it detects a risk of imminent failure. If a problem is detected, Windows will provide a notification recommending that users immediately back up their data – immediately being the key word, here.


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