By Albert Mayer
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SMARTReporter is an application that can warn you of some hard disk drive failures before they actually happen! It does so by periodically polling the built-in S.M.A.R.T. status of your hard disk drives as well as performing other checks for "I/O errors" or R.A.I.D "degradation". The current status of your hard disk drives is always easily recognizable because SMARTReporter changes its icon (optionally in the menubar) from green to red if a problem occurs.
SMARTReporter periodically checks the built-in S.M.A.R.T. status of all compatible connected disks. S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a technology built into most modern hard disk drives that acts as an "early warning system" for pending hard disk drive problems.
I/O ERROR CHECKING
SMARTReporter has the unique capability to check the system kernel log-file for occurrences of dangerous "I/O errors" to improve the disk failure prediction accuracy.
SMARTReporter can automatically check whether connected R.A.I.D. sets become "degraded" or just "offline".
DISK SPACE CHECKING
SMARTReporter can also monitor the free disk space because a completely filled boot disk might lead to system lockups.
SMARTReporter has completely customizable notification options for all four disk checks including notification via changing application icons, email, alert dialogue, on-screen notification (Growl or OS X 10.8 native), or by launching arbitrary applications / scripts.
SMARTReporter supports a variety of advanced options and tools including automated S.M.A.R.T self-tests, scheduled S.M.A.R.T. attribute checking and plotting graphs of all acquired data over time. Please note that the S.M.A.R.T. self-test/attribute-check features aren't officially supported.
*** SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS ***
- Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
- 64-bit processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or better)
*** LIMITATIONS ***
Because SMARTReporter relies on the S.M.A.R.T. implementation of Mac OS X, it only supports S.M.A.R.T. checking for ATA, SATA or eSATA hard disk drives unless you install additional software to enable Mac OS X to also check the status of some USB/FireWire disks.
Some internal disks do not support S.M.A.R.T. at all and therefore do not work with SMARTReporter:
- the SSD built into the 2015 12" MacBook
- the "OWC Aura SSD for Mac Pro"
Please note that a S.M.A.R.T. alert does not mean that your disk will certainly fail completely, nor can S.M.A.R.T. (or I/O-error checking) catch all possible disk problems before they happen - it's just a very valuable indicator. SMARTReporter is NOT a substitute for regular backups especially as it only concerns itself with hardware-level problems (like physical drive failures) and not at all with software-level problems (like filesystem health) that could also destroy all your data. Perform regular backups and make sure you read all the documentation and the F.A.Q. entry about prediction reliability.
*** WEBSITE ***
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What's New in Version 3.1.6
• Improved stability
• Fixed problem where some e-mails could not be sent
• Fixed problem with incomplete I/O error detection
• Fixed some dates being displayed in wrong format
A bit pricey, needs graphics, but functional
I almost did not purchase this because of the review that said it wanted keychain access and changed browser settings, but it seemed strange that Apple would leave a malicious app in the store, so I went ahead and bought it after doing research.
It did not want keychain access, possibly because I did not ask it to send me emails if it found a problem. To send emails it probably needs an email password, which it stores in the keychain as it should. It also did not change my Safari or Chrome settings as far as I could tell.
The app seems unobtrusive, and correctly scanned all my disks, even ones in a Probox attached via eSata. I was sort of disappointed not to get a graphical picture of all my disks in color coded form, with the ability to list attributes by clicking, but I found a way to do that after a couple of minutes.
It is a little pricey for what it does, especially since it uses smartmontools under the covers, but it is not malicious and seems to work properly.
Reset Browser Preferences
Intaller first asked to change items in my keychain and I declined. Later discovered that the install had changed my homepage and browser to Yahoo. IMHO apps that do these things should not be in the store.
- Category: Utilities
- Updated: May 07, 2015
- Version: 3.1.6
- Size: 4.2 MB
- Languages: English, French, German, Portuguese, Swedish
- Seller: Albert Mayer
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Compatibility: OS X 10.6.8 or later, 64-bit processor