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Windows 10 will monitor NVMe SSDs and warn you in case of pending failures

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Microsoft is introducing a new feature into Windows 10, you'll be warned if there is a problem with our NVMe SSDs in order to circumvent catastrophic failures. Those in the Insider program can already try the new feature that reports problems and remembers you to make backups.

Microsoft will add this feature to Windows 10 to monitor NVMe-powered SSDs to prevent the loss of important data and files in cases of critical errors. The idea is not exactly to prevent the failure from happening , but to notify the user that a problem is occurring, so that they can back up their files in time.

This new feature was introduced in version 20226 of the operating system, which is now available for the Insider Preview program, the channel that always receives Windows updates first. With this function, we will use our PC normally, but if the system detects any type of failure, a notification will appear warning us that our storage device " may be at risk of failure and requires your attention ".


Source: https://www.guru3d.com/news-story/windows-10-will-monitor-nvme-ssds-and-warn-you-in-case-of-pending-failures.html






This seems like a very welcome new feature. 

Edited by axipher



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Why is this specific to NVME drives? Nice feature to have as long as it works correctly and consistently.




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This is awesome. 

Could complement Samsung Magician I guess :). 



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2 hours ago, Supercrumpet said:

Why is this specific to NVME drives? Nice feature to have as long as it works correctly and consistently.


I also find it odd it seems to be relegated to NVMe only ? With the fact that your standard SSD (assuming DRAM Cache) and NVMe are all but virtually the same aside from the obvious link speed, I find it funny MS has not included SSD's. Your standard SSD is not exactly going out of fashion.




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NVMe only is a head scratcher, especially since there are SSDs running in the wild that are more than a decade old.  Good to see that this is going to be accessible from the desktop, but if you want most of the S.M.A.R.T. details you can always jump into PowerShell.


For temp, errors, wear level, and power on hours:

Get-Disk | Get-StorageReliabilityCounter


For all the S.M.A.R.T. data that Windows can see:

Get-Disk | Get-StorageReliabilityCounter | Select-Object -Property "*"


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Lucky that before SSD's completely pass out they tend to degrade to a level where they are barely usable due to their performance degradation. Having multiple busy production servers on SSD's its not uncommon for performance to completely go to hell before they go out(we have redundant clusters for all our systems so it isn't a problem to take a node out and rebuild it when necessary). In the consumer space I've had a similar experience with an nvme SSD that would go to hell when having it on for a minute or 10, managed to boot of a usb key, duplicate my files and replace the thing before data loss(I also have weekly backups so I'm not too worried).

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