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How to Test your HP Laptop Harddrive - For Free!

Updated on March 29, 2013
HP Splash Screen
HP Splash Screen
HP diagnostic Screen
HP diagnostic Screen

Skill Level: Beginner

If you have an HP Laptop, that is running Windows Vista or Windows 7, your system is old enough that you should run this simple diagnostic test. All Windows 7 machines will have this feature, and most Windows Vista will have the hardware diagnostics feature built-in.

  1. First save and close any open applications or projects you are working on.
  2. Reboot and Press F9 at the HP Splash Screen for Diagnostics or ESC for Startup Menu
  3. Depending on your version of HP diagnostics your screen may vary.
  4. HP created a very user friendly interface on their newer computers creating an easy to use diagnostic interface even a novice user can use. Once the diagnostic has loaded, you may want to pick the "Quick Test" option. The comprehensive tests can take hours to run. If the failure is obvious you will save yourself a significant amount of time by running the quick test.

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