SMARTReporter for Mac

SMARTReporter for Mac


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 41 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.1.3
File Size:
4.04MB
Date Added:
September 04, 2014
Price:
Purchase; $4.99 to buy
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
50,909
Downloads Last Week:
104
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

You can't predict every hard-drive failure. But when a drive goes down because certain hardware components are slowly degrading, then S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) can help warn you of an impending crash, so you have time to run a last-minute backup. Mac OS X already uses S.M.A.R.T. to track the health of drives, but it only runs a check whenever you use Disk Utility to verify a disk. SMARTReporter is a free, open-source tool that checks the S.M.A.R.T. status of drives hourly (by default, or at any interval you set). SMARTReporter can display a menu bar icon to let you know your drive's status (green or red), and it can also show an alert, send you an e-mail, and even execute an application if it detects a problem. SMARTReporter also supports Growl for notifications, as well as the iOS Growl client Prowl so you can get drive-failure notifications on your iPhone.

Because of the limitations of S.M.A.R.T., SMARTReporter won't catch every impending failure (and unfortunately, it is also limited by OS X to checking ATA, SATA, and eSATA drives, not FireWire or SCSI), but this app can provide a very helpful warning for many types of failures.

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