SMARTReporter
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Hard drive pre-failure warning utility.   Demo ($4.99)
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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 S.M.A.R.T. status of your hard disk drive. 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. SMARTReporter can notify you of impending hard disk drive failures by sending e-mails, displaying a warning dialog or executing an application. The current status of your hard disk drives is always
What's New
Version 3.1.1:
  • Improved stability
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.6.8 or later



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SMARTReporter User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Harv reviewed on 07 Jun 2013
In addition to all the technical merits mentioned herein, the tech/customer support is first-class. Email is competently and politely answered (by the developer) the same day, usually within the hour; couldn't be better.
[Version 3.1.0]


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Michael Haeusler reviewed on 22 Mar 2013
Great little app. Luckily I haven't had any problems with my disks. ;) SMARTReporter immediately gave out a warning when the available disk space was getting critical. Never crashed once.

PS: If your external hardware is SAT-capable, the 3rd party SATSMART driver should make SMARTReporter also work with these external drives. See here: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/47045/s.m.a.r.t.-for-usb-and-firewire-drives
[Version 3.0.5]


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Gary30 reviewed on 24 Jan 2013
Just got SMARTReporter and put it through its paces on all my hard drives in supported enclosures. It actually displays as much or more information as does DiskTools Pro. Moreover it works on the DEVICE and not the VOLUME which I think is correct whereas DiskTools Pro works on Volumes. At any rate, SMARTRporter works great with with the open source SATSMARTDrivers for Mac to report S.M.A.R.T. status for many current drive enclosures which have a USB connector (there is a list of enclosures that work/don't work amongst the project pages).

Finally, SMARTReporter seems to require very little memory or CPU so continuous monitoring makes sense.
[Version 3.0.5]


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Gary30 commented on 20 Jan 2013
I use DiskTools Pro for checking the S.M.A.R.T. status as it gives an indication as to how many bad sectors have ben moved and other hard parametric information as well as the "Verified" indicator. In the past for me, the best indicator of a drive getting ready to give up is suddenly seeing a couple of bad sectors being reallocated. The limit for S.M.A.R.T. verification is just 5. From screenshots I cannot see that SMARTReporter does any reporting of details.

Also, there are now some OS X kext drivers that will enable drives in some external enclosures to report S.M.A.R.T. status. Google for "SATSMARTDriver." Project is on GitHub.
[Version 3.0.5]


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Michael Haeusler commented on 24 Nov 2012
Trying to update from 3.0.4 to 3.0.5, but the app tells me that there was an unpacking error. Tried to download the esellerate version manually, but it's still at 3.0.4. Any place to get the full 3.0.5 updater for clients with volume licenses?
[Version 3.0.5]

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Michael Haeusler replied on 24 Nov 2012
Oh, I missed something. It's only the wrong link on the CoreCode website. I used this one – http://www.corecode.at/downloads/smartreporter_full_3.0.5.zip – and it worked.
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Jimw commented on 04 Jul 2012
While I have no issue with the concept of such a program I do have an issue with charging for 'a one trick pony' for something that is freely available on other websites or incorporated into other existing programs such as Disk Utility and Onyx. While I could see it as a $.99 I personally feel that $5 is a bit steep for such a program and that the developer is seizing an opportunity to follow the advise of W.C. Field - i.e. "It is immoral to allow a sucker to keep his money."

The process of a S.M.A.R.T. is really quite simple since Apple conveniently provides a command line utility to do this and incorporates it into Disk Utility. So what the user is really paying for is a GUI that runs it on a regular basis.

So for those who strictly use their Mac as an appliance and just browse with it, get mail and run a few apps, $5 may be a reasonable sum to pay for a program that could be running for years without any issues. But for those who know how to use Automator or Applescript, here is a link to an Applescript that does this.

http://hints.macworld.com/dlfiles/smart_disk.txt

Note that this product will not prevent you from losing everything on your hard drive. All it will do is warn you that it is about to happen, or already has. What you should be doing is using Time Machine or some other backup program so that if you lose your main drive, recovery will not be a major issue. I suggest a 1TB or larger which should keep around a years worth of data. Since I a a heavy user, I use 2TB. I have seen 1.5TB for a bit over $100.

Personally I feel it is more important to be doing a proper backup than to be spending money on any program whose primary purpose is to tell you that your hard drive is, or about to be in failure mode.

BTW; From what I have read, should S.M.A.R.T. give you a warning, DO NOT TURN OFF YOUR HARD DRIVE UNTIL YOU HAVE BACKED IT UP. I repeat: DO NOT TURN OFF YOUR HARD DRIVE UNTIL YOU HAVE BACKED IT UP!! If you can back up your current data or transfer it to a different drive this is the time to do it. If you turn off your dive before that it may not come up ever again.
[Version 3.0.3]

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CoreCode (developer) replied on 04 Jul 2012
one trick? did you read the description? it doesn't do just S.M.A.R.T. checking, but R.A.I.D., Disk Space and I/O error checking too. AFAIK there is no other tool on the Mac that does I/O error checking.

yes proper backups are important SMARTReporter doesn't aim to replace them.

you misunderstood the motivation for going commercial with SMARTReporter. i got hundreds of feature requests i wasn't able to implement because there is only so much time one can spend on a free project. now many of these features are implement and many more will be implemented in the future. also i still offer version 2.7.x for free and will continue to do so. personally i feel that SMARTReporter 3 is quite underpriced, i see many useless Mac apps in the 10-25$ range.
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Jimw replied on 05 Jul 2012
While I agree with you on some of your points I must disagree on some others. Disk Warrior, abet more expensive not only checks for some of the things you mentioned, but also repairs them if possible. Disk Space is available in Get Info. Raid usage frankly is not all that popular on personal machines. However I am lead to believe the Disk Utility does check S.M.A.R.T status on RAID. You are dead on in your comment about useless Mac apps.

Despite your comment I am still of the belief that while your product may have some real value to a select group of users, I would classify as poor value for others as there are other programs , abet some are much more expensive, that will do a lot more and will fulfill a users real need of correcting such problems. without necessarily having them have to reformat or replace their drive if errors occur, such as mapping out bad blocks (i/o errors) and replacing them with good blocks from an internal table.
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Psychos replied on 03 Aug 2012
You should see the people vocally defending the $25 "SMART Utility", which does far less than this program, if you think $5 is excessive. ($5 actually seems like a reasonable price for what it appears to do.)

By the way, you ought to include a link to the demo in the MU listing, to make it clear this isn't yet another "no-demo-first" App Store-only product. (Since you do have a current demo listed on the site.)
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Macambulance replied on 13 Aug 2012
$5 is practically nothing for a utility that can alert the average user (who won't know how to use Automator or AppleScript) of a potential disk failure.

Diskwarrior doesn't check for I/O errors, it just reports them when found while scanning a drive. The crucial difference is that I can't set DiskWarrior to check my server's HD every hour for I/O errors and email me if it finds them.

On unattended servers any SMART utility is a must-have, this is the cheapest so it gets my vote.

Surely for a price of a packet of cigarettes that's worth it?? In fact here in the UK cigarettes cost far more.
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Psychos replied on 13 Aug 2012
For something like unattended servers as you mention, the (free) smartmontools package is really the cheapest :). I use smartmontools on both servers and desktops/laptops, but of course it's more effort to set up so isn't the best option for most Mac users. (Note that "SMARTReporter" actually uses smartmontools internally itself, as do most SMART programs.)

And the original poster can always use that package too, if he thinks $5 for a decent GUI is too much. That seems fair for a GUI and additional features, though.

As for the I/O error checking, I think you're confusing finding them on a scan with supposedly finding them from log files (what the prefs in this program say.) What Diskwarrior does is closer to a SMART scan.

The idea of checking system logfiles in general is interesting, but checking them on a timed basis doesn't seem very useful. It'd be much more useful to keep the logfile open and alert on a logged I/O error immediately, because by the time your next scheduled logfile check happens, the disk or whole system might be locked up. (Whereas reading the information immediately, and thus out of a memory buffer and not off the drive, helps avoid that...)
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Xenophile replied on 24 Nov 2012
It's five bucks, dude! That's damn reasonable for an app that improves with every update.

SMART reporter, a valuable app that reports SMART attributes, is an example of overpriced at $25. It would be awesome if SMARTReporter could report SMART attributes and run the SMART self tests - I would happily pay $10-$15 for it. Since that info is available via the terminal, much more and I lose interest.
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Xenophile replied on 24 Nov 2012
Ooops, meant to say SMART Utility is the overpriced app at $25. If SMARTReporter could incorporate SMART Utility's functionality, that would be one b!tchin app!
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Amcarter3 reviewed on 12 Jun 2012
Great program. BUT why does this Ver 3.0.2 update come through saying it is Ver 2.7.2??
[Version 3.0.2]

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MacUpdate---Ryan replied on 12 Jun 2012
2.7.2 is a free open source version the developer still offers. 3.0.2 is only available via the Mac App Store.
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Amcarter3 replied on 12 Jun 2012
OK. That helps, but why does MacUpdate send out an email saying Ver 3.0.2 is now available on MacUpdate with no reference to the App Store? That is not accurate and makes no sense.
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CoreCode (developer) replied on 14 Jun 2012
>now available on MacUpdate with no reference to the App Store?

look at the top of this very page again, you'll see

• one link to BUY the latest version (3.0.2) and
• one link to DOWNLOAD the latest free version (2.7.2)

what about that doesn't make sense?
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Amcarter3 replied on 14 Jun 2012
It doesn't make sense because it doesn't say what you apparently think it says. It actually says:

• BUY (App Store) (there no reference to what version)
• DOWNLOAD FREE (Ver 2.7.2 - OS 10.5)

There is NO clarification that the version in the App Store is quite different from the version that can be downloaded here. That is the source of the confusion. What about that does not make sense to you?
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Jimmy-D reviewed on 01 Jun 2012
This is one of my favorite and most-trusted drive utilities and it is installed on all the Macs I manage. The author has generously given away the previous version for years and is now charging a fair price for a major revision. It has a comprehensive set of features expanded from the previous version. The author has always provided top-notch support with a fast response and has my thanks for writing a great program.
[Version 3.0.1]


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Amcarter3 reviewed on 28 May 2012
My question about this software is: Has it actually saved anyone by informing you that your hard drive is about to fail? I've had it on my computer for many years. I guess I've never had a drive fail, because I've never seen this software do anything. Nothing.
[Version 3.0.1]

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Paul Cook replied on 29 May 2012
If you have not yet had your first drive failure, than one can understand your skepticism. But yes, I've seen it catch drives for my clients before they totally died. This is true of SMARTReporter and SMART Utility. It is also true of Disk Utility, but the problem with Disk Utility, is you have to open it and look.

And because we knew before the drive died, we were able to recover at least some of the data. (In some cases all of the data.)

No, it doesn't replace a good backup. You should have both. As a consultant, I'd rather see a drive problem caught early, before it's an emergency, etc. So I strongly recommend such utilities to my clients.

Think of it this way. In spite of it's imperfect results, a good medical doctor asks a patient how they feel. Yes, some people do die of serious medical conditions with no warning at all. And not long before their deaths, some of those would have said they felt great. Yes, some people have lots of complaints, yet live for many years. On the other hand, the dead, and some people who really sick and about to die sometimes don't answer at all. (Although it seems, in Chicago/Cook County, both can vote. ;-)

But even in consideration of it being imperfect, it is still a very good practice for a medical doctor to ask. And having a utility that asks your hard drive, if it feels healthy, is similarly a good idea. And I would never put a drive in a client's server, if any SMART status checking application thought it was bad.

SMARTReporter catches failing drives. And it has the ability to send email alerts, if there is a problem. These are both very useful in a business environment. But it isn't perfect for everyone.

Zealots may disagree on this. But many of my business customers just don't find the App Store to be business friendly. It would be really nice if the developer would come up with a business version, that would be sold through a more business friendly channel. I'd suggest licensing packages for different sizes of businesses. And a few business specific features would be nice.

For business specific features, the following would be my recommendations: Allow it to run and function as daemon even when no users are logged in. And provide a configurable package installer that is friendly to deployment solutions such as NetInsall, Deploy Studio, Casper, etc.

Lastly, I've seen SMART Utility catch a few failing drives before SMARTReporter or disk utility thought they were bad. When SMARTReporter was free, that was less of an issue. But now both SMARTReporter and SMART Utility cost $$$. For a small number of users, SMARTReporter is cheaper. But with more users, SMART Utility becomes cheaper as they offer a business license, And it doesn't require one to deal with the AppStore. But if the SMARTReporter developer does come up with a business version, that might change things.
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Amcarter3 replied on 29 May 2012
Thanks, Paul. Very helpful... I get it. And I just upgraded to Ver 3.
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Hoondi commented on 27 May 2012
I suggest people write their own software and endeavour to distribute it before ridiculously "ruling out" MAS.
I makes life easier for coders, hence they can concentrate on what they do best – coding.

People like Akjim, seriously... spend some energy elsewhere.

I am on the lookout for a SMART app that integrates with ZFS (a.k.a Zevo on OSX) Do this and you'll get my money.
[Version 3.0.1]

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CoreCode (developer) replied on 19 Apr 2013
v3.1 appearing very soon has ZFS support
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Tony-Aguila had trouble on 04 Jul 2012
Twice tried the update using the App Store app, both times it would not launch. The message said the app was damaged, to delete and reinstall from App Store. No joy. Next I tried deleting and restoring from Time Machine and the tried the update again. Failed again, twice.

Finally I did a restore from Time Machine, then used AppDelete to completely uninstall the program, including all associated files. This time, the fresh install from App Store worked.
[Version 3.0.3]


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Harv had trouble on 21 Apr 2012
I am unable to enable: "Check For Problematic I/O Errors". The stated reason is that I am not an "Admin-User". That is simply not so.

Am I the only one with this issue? I would contact the developer, but he has stated v2.x is no longer supported.

Suggestions?
[Version 2.7.2]


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Zincker had trouble on 14 Sep 2010
I got an error after launching this version: I/O checking took to long so it has been disabled.

Thanks
[Version 2.5.2]

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Doc-Renaud replied on 14 Sep 2010
Same thing here...
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sjk replied on 14 Sep 2010
Runs fine on my MacBookPro3,1 with I/O error checking enabled.
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BDog had trouble on 31 Jan 2007
I've always loved this app, thank you. 1 problem; If you select "Don't check disks when on battery power" you will get stuck with the "Looks like your drive config changed, the prefs window will be opened" dialogue next time it launches. Clicking OK dismisses the dialogue but it just keeps appearing over and over.
[Version 2.2]

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SFpDOmEY (developer) replied on 01 Feb 2007
fixed in 2.2.1

please always send problem reports to me by email (too) since i don't usually monitor various sites (like macupdate) for problem reports.
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JJ Tiger had trouble on 10 Jun 2006
Current SMARTReporter version conflicts with DVD Player 4.6.5 in Mac OS 10.4.6, with Security Update 2006-003.
SMARTReporter's frequent accessing the computer for current SMART status causes frequent bright white flashes during DVD playback.
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Earlier SMARTReporter was okay with earlier Mac Software.
[Version 2.1.5]



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Tweedaroy rated on 28 Nov 2012

[Version 3.0.5]



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Roes rated on 27 May 2012

[Version 3.0.1]



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Catrna rated on 02 May 2012

[Version 3.0.0]



Capmilk rated on 23 Apr 2012

[Version 3.0.0]



Worldservice rated on 01 Mar 2012

[Version 2.7.1]



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Stephen_Fry rated on 08 Dec 2011

[Version 2.7.1]



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Maudlin rated on 07 Dec 2011

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upsdog rated on 07 Dec 2011

[Version 2.7.1]



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Oleksii rated on 07 Dec 2011

[Version 2.7.1]



Eggi_from_Hamburg rated on 25 Oct 2011

[Version 2.7.0]


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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 S.M.A.R.T. status of your hard disk drive. 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. SMARTReporter can notify you of impending hard disk drive failures by sending e-mails, displaying a warning dialog or executing an application. The current status of your hard disk drives is always displayed through the customizable menu item. Because SMARTReporter relies on the S.M.A.R.T. implementation of OS X, it only supports ATA, SATA or eSATA hard disk drives, if you want S.M.A.R.T. support for your FireWire hard disk drive, send feedback to Apple. Please note that a S.M.A.R.T. alert doesn't mean that your HDD will completely fail for sure, nor can S.M.A.R.T. catch all possible HDD errors - it's just a very valuable indicator.


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