How to Check if Your Hardware is Failing

A personal computer, as well as all the smart devices, has a lot of hardware. The risk of hardware failure is the most important reason why backups are created. The main programs and data are stored in the hard disks, so a lot of attention has to be given to those. The hardware that have moving parts or those that generate a lot of heat are usually the ones that fail most of the time.

CPU’s, hard disk drives, and fans are the hardware that usually fails a lot. RAM (Random Access Memory) also tends to fail as a result of data being constantly written and re-written. Following are some of the applications that you can use to check the hardware in your computer.

PC Wizard from CPUID

PC Wizard from CPUID

The application gives detailed information about your hardware, resources, and system configuration. It allows you to set benchmarks for the purpose of testing hardware. This will enable the application to provide a historical view about the hardware performance, which you can check to identify any decline in the hardware performance over time.

Once you open the PC Wizard, it will provide detailed information about the HDD size, monitor resolution, operating system installed, as well as information like when the computer was booted last time, CPU temperature reading, GPU frequency, library DLL file, and much more. The application also gives information about the programs that utilize the resources a lot. If you want to print or save the results, you can export it in text format or HTML format.

Z-Device Test

This free app can be used to test the hardware like Bluetooth, cameras (back and front), GPS, compass, and so on, on android devices. The app provides a detailed report on all the hardware on your android device. The app can be used to do the following checks.

  • To test the proper functioning of all the sensors in the device.
  • To measure the accuracy of individual sensors.
  • To check GPS signal and Wi-Fi signal.
  • To check the display, CPU performance, battery life, USB, operating system, memory, and so on.

Sandra Lite

Sandra Lite is a system diagnostic tool that can be used to check the speed of hardware, like processors, graphics card, hard drives, and so on. The application will also let you measure the memory bandwidth. This is one of the best personal computer benchmark programs available in the market. It also provides detailed system information. The application has a lot of useful handy tools. The burn-in test can be used to check the performance of your hardware under heavy usage. The report tool can be used to create test logs.

There is a support feature that can be used to enhance the way the system works with the registry file. The application maintains a list of the items you have accessed frequently under ‘Favorites’. Sandra Lite can be used to compare the hardware in your system with other comparable components instantly. This feature helps to make the hardware upgrade very easy.

Resource and Performance Monitor application in Windows 7 and 8

The application can be used to perform diagnostics on your computer. The diagnostic report will provide the resource overview and warnings about potential issues. The red, yellow, and green light overview can be used to identify the health of the major hardware components. The application gives advanced performance report as well, for system administrators and computer enthusiasts. To access the tool, go to Run and type in report.

The Resource and Performance Monitor window will open, and start collecting data. A report will be generated based on the tests run. There will be a lot of data; you can just check the resource overview and warnings (if any). The report will also contain links to websites that has more information about a particular topic.

Windows diagnostic tools can also be used to test the memory (RAM). If there are any errors, the application will try to identify what memory module is causing the problem, and then provide a detailed report about it. You can check and see whether the memory has to be replaced. Error reports will also be logged in the system log. You can access it with Event Viewer.

All of these applications or tools will help you to maintain your computer / android powered devices. Computer maintenance has to be a priority to avoid hardware failures that can result in huge data loss. By identifying any issues with the hardware at the right time will help you to correct it, and maintain it properly, thus extending the life of your hardware. Most of the operating systems today come with an array of diagnostic tools that can be used to monitor the health of your computer.

You can rent a system that has all these utilities / applications, try it out, and then decide to purchase it, or download it.

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