Windows XP had a useful utility called ScanDisk that would check your hard drive for any bad sectors, damaged files, and other problems.
This guide descibes how you can test the health of your computer's hard disk before they malfunction. Also learn about free hard drive diagnostics tools that can catch most drive errors.
This video explains the different between traditional hard disk drives and SSDs or solid state drives.
If you hear strange clicking noises coming from the computer, it could be signs of a damaged hard disk drive.