Soumya Prakash Pradhan

When buying a second-hand laptop, one needs to consider several factors. Most buyers tend to check the display, keyboard, and sound quality, but they often neglect to examine the health of the laptop's storage, RAM, and battery.

These components are crucial for ensuring that the laptop functions properly and can affect the overall performance and longevity of the device. Therefore, it is essential to know how to check these components before making the purchase.

Checking the Health of SSD

To check the health of the Solid State Drive (SSD), first, open the Windows search bar and type 'cmd.' Once you find the command prompt, right-click on it and select 'Run as administrator.' In the command prompt, type "chkdsk" and hit enter.
This command will scan your SSD and display a report of any errors, bad sectors, or other issues.

If there are any errors, it may be best to consider a different laptop.

Checking the Health of RAM

To check the health of the laptop's Random Access Memory (RAM), press the Windows key + R to launch the Run command.

In the command line, type 'mdsched.exe' and hit enter. Select 'Restart now,' and the laptop will restart and run a memory diagnostic test.

Once the test completes, it will display any errors or issues with the RAM.

Checking the Health of the Battery

Checking the battery health of a laptop is crucial, as it directly affects the battery life and longevity of the device.
To do so, press the Windows key and type 'cmd' in the search bar, then hit enter.

In the command prompt, type "powercfg/batteryreport," and a detailed battery report will be saved in the location displayed on the screen.

The report will show you the battery's current capacity, charge cycles, and other important details.