Windows Insiders build 20226, now includes a new series of alerts designed to draw users’ attention to hardware issues that could potentially impact the performance of SSDs and lead to failure.
The new feature also gives you an easy way to stay up to speed regarding your SSD’s overall health. The new feature also includes providing temperature information at a glance, as well as notifying users when space is beginning to become an issue or when the storage capacity of the device begins to suffer due to “significant media-related errors or an internal error to the NVM subsystem.”
How to Access the Windows Insiders build 20226:
Simply go to Start > Settings > System > And Storage. Once there, select the option to “Manage Disks and Volumes” and then select the “properties” tab for the drive in question.
These are useful additions that will help people with SSDs detect abnormalities more quickly, which should prolong the life of the equipment.
One thing to note, if your PC has a solid-state drive (SSD), and an increasing percentage of newer models do, a recent Microsoft Windows 10 update caused SSDs to defrag much more frequently than is recommended.
However, the update shortens the SSD’s useful lives. The company has since corrected the issue with a patch. Naturally, if you do find a problem via the new tools, your very next step should be to back up any information on the drive that’s experiencing issues, so you don’t run the risk of losing whatever data it contains. Kudos to Microsoft for the recent changes. These are useful additions, all.