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.
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 3.1.5
• Fixed problem where self-test could not be performed on some disks
• Fixed problem where wrong values would be reported in disk-space check
• Fixed problem with e-mail delivery
• Fixed problem with temperature not being reported
Did not recognize failing hard drive
I have a stock Apple Toshiba 750 GB hard drive in my 2012 Macbook Pro. DiskWarrior 5 (a wonderful bacon-saving utility) alerted me to the fact that bad sector counts were increasing on this drive. I ran SMART Reporter to double-check those findings and it reported that everything was fine. Not convinced, I ran SMART Utility by Volitans Software, which gives a much more in-depth analysis, and it reported that the drive was indeed failing and that there were 416 reallocated bad sectors and 43 reallocated events. Time to abandon ship, save my data, and replace my drive.
I’m disappointed because I wanted to like this app, but it’s hard to recommend it when I can’t trust the information it’s giving me.
Piece of Mind
This app works and provide a visual piece of mind with that green icon. Even when your not there, the email notifications will alert you of a disk starting to have issues. Dont worry about the UI design. This is an app you set once an move on.
- Category: Utilities
- Updated: Dec 16, 2014
- Version: 3.1.5
- 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