SMARTReporter

SMARTReporter 3.1.1

Quickly detect errors in your hard drive

Hard disk failure is something that you can receive advance warning of before it happens. SMARTReporter is an application that can warn you of certain hard disk drive failures before they actually happen. View full description

PROS

  • Can help predict impending hard drive failures
  • Discreet operation

CONS

  • Cannot detect all kinds of failures
  • Only supports SMART drives

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Hard disk failure is something that you can receive advance warning of before it happens. SMARTReporter is an application that can warn you of certain hard disk drive failures before they actually happen.

SMARTReporter works by periodically verifying the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) status of your hard disk. Most modern hard drives are equipped to support S.M.A.R.T. and acts as an early warning system for pending hard disk drive problems. SMARTReporter notifies you of impending failures by sending e-mails, displaying a warning dialog or executing an application.

SMARTReporter sits in your Menu Bar and displays the current state of your hard drive. SMARTReporter supports ATA, SATA or eSATA hard disk drives although FireWire hard drives aren't supported. However, it should be noted that SMARTReporter is not a fail safe measure against any kind of failure. It can be very sketchy in picking up errors and there's no guarantee that it will detect anything before the worst happens.

SMARTReporter is certainly better than doing nothing in preventing hard drive failure although it's far from perfect.

Changes

  • Fixed the I/O error check to work on OS X 10.8.
  • Added support for native on-screen notifications in OS X 10.8.
  • Added Brazilian Portuguese localization (thanks to Victor Figueiredo).
  • Added new menubar icon set to better fit with the default Apple icons.
  • Fixed possible issues related to I/O error checking, notification interval and log-output.
  • Never activate discrete GPU in hybrid GPU Macs from 2011 or newer.

SMARTReporter is an application that can warn you of ATA hard-drive failures before they actually happen! It does so by periodically polling the S.M.A.R.T.-status of your hard-drives. S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a technology built into most modern hard-drives that acts as an "early warning system" for pending drive problems. Because SMARTReporter relies on the S.M.A.R.T. implementation of Mac OS X, it only supports ATA or S-ATA hard-drives, if you want S.M.A.R.T. support for your FireWire hard-drive, send feedback to Apple.

SMARTReporter can notify you of impending drive failures by sending e-mails, displaying a warning dialog or executing an application. The current status of your drives is always displayed through the customizable menu item.

SMARTReporter

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SMARTReporter 3.1.1

— User reviews — about SMARTReporter

  • Quadra 650

    by Quadra 650

    "Usefull"

    Excellent! It warned me of a failing harddisk inside my 2009 MacMini. Without SMARTReporter I would not have noticed wha... More.

    reviewed on September 9, 2010