DriveDx
DriveDx
1.9.0

4.3

DriveDx free download for Mac

DriveDx

1.9.0
02 December 2019

Advanced drive-health diagnostic utility.

Overview

DriveDx is an advanced drive-health diagnostic and monitoring utility. Save yourself from data loss and downtime that is associated with unexpected drive failures. Don't worry about losing your important data, music, and photographs. Unlike most drive utilities, DriveDx not only monitors the drive’s built-in S.M.A.R.T. status, but also analyzes the changes of all drive health indicators that are closely related to SSD or HDD failures (like SSD wear out / endurance, reallocated bad sectors, offline bad sectors, pending sectors, I/O errors, and more) and alerts the user immediately if anything goes wrong. Our drive-health diagnostic algorithms are based on recent research in the field. The application provides access to all sufficient drive-diagnostic data to satisfy any system administrator. DriveDx is the first utility of its kind to have a real user-friendly, Mac-style interface.

When evaluating the state of various drives, DriveDx can use different (specialized) heuristic algorithms, depending on the drive model and even its firmware version. One of the key advantages of the software is that the state of HDD and SSD drives is assessed using different algorithms (DriveDx has separate sets of rules and algorithms for HDD and SSD drives), since many state indicators of HDD drives are not applicable or make no sense in the case of an SSD drive.

Features:
  • Support of modern SSDs and HDDs
  • SSD lifetime left indicator
  • Different routines for SSD and HDD health evaluation
  • Real-time SSD and HDD health status monitoring
  • User friendly and intuitive UI
  • Pre-failure state early detection - DriveDx supports 4 drive health statuses: Ok, Warning, Failing (pre-failure) and Failed. (Most of drive utilities support only 2: "Ok" and "Failed")
  • Drive failure prediction based on health indicators that are closely related to SSD or HDD failures
  • Interactive hints and descriptions for all health indicators (SMART attributes)
  • Multi-tier warning system that will inform the user about deviations from the normal state of drive attributes
  • Diagnostic Knowledge Base online auto-updating
  • Drive overall health rating
  • Drive overall performance rating (if drive supports this subset of indicators)
  • I/O errors monitoring
  • Drive free space monitoring
  • Support of drive short and full (extended) self-tests
  • Save drive(s) health report to file
  • Automatic drive health reports by email (automatic email reports)
  • Human-readable drive health indicators (attributes) representation
  • Drive temperature monitoring
  • History-based drive health evaluation
  • S.M.A.R.T. error log
  • Growl notifications
  • Retina displays support

What's new in DriveDx

Version 1.9.0:
Added
  • UI tweaks and fixes
  • Support of recent Apple SSD
  • Support of Seagate Fast SSDs
  • Support of Seagate BarraCuda SSDs
  • Support of Seagate Nytro SATA SSD
  • Support of Seagate IronWolf 110 SATA SSDs
  • Support of Kingston DC400 SSDs
  • Support of Kingston DC500 SSDs
  • Support of Kingston HyperX Fury SSDs
  • Support of Kingston Q500 SSDs
  • Support of SK hynix Enterprise PE4011 SSDs
  • Support of SK hynix SL308 SSDs
  • Support of Sk hynix SC210 SSDs
  • Support of Intel Pro 1500 SSDs
  • Support of Intel 545 Series SSDs
  • Support of Intel DC S3110 Series SSDs
  • Support of Intel S3520 Series SSDs
  • Support of Intel S4510/S4610/S4500/S4600 Series SSDs
  • Support of Dell Certified Intel S3520 Series SSDs
  • Support of Dell Certified Intel S4x00/D3-S4x10 Series SSDs
  • Support of Silicon Motion OEM SSDs
  • Support of Phison-based OEM SSDs
  • Support of SanDisk Ultra SSDs
  • Support of SanDisk Ultra 3D SSDs
  • Support of SanDisk X600 SSDs
  • Support of SanDisk Plus SSDs
  • Support of Transcend MTS430 SSDs
  • Support of LITE-ON CV4 SSDs
  • Support of LITE-ON CV8 SSDs
  • Support of LITE-ON IT L8T SSDs
  • Support of Apacer AS340 SSDs
  • Support of Apacer SDM5/5A/5A-M Series SSDs
  • Support of ADATA Premier Pro SP310 SSDs
  • Support of DREVO X1 SSDs
  • Support of DREVO X1 Pro SSDs
  • Support of SuperMicro SSDs
  • Support of Silicon Power 2280 M55 SSDs
  • Support of Team Group L5Lite 3D SSDs
  • Support of Team Group MS30 M.2 SSDs
  • Support of EDGE Memory eMerge 3D-V SSDs
  • Support of EDGE Memory diskGO Sonic SSDs
  • Support of EDGE Memory SE847/SE847-V SSDs
  • Support of EDGE Memory E3/E3-V SSDs
  • Support of KingSpec T60 SSDs
  • Support of KingSpec KSD-series SSDs
  • Support of Goodram CX400 SSDs
  • Support of Goodram Iridium SSDs
  • Support of Goodram Iridium Pro SSDs
  • Support of KingFast F6M SSDs
  • Support of Intenso SSDs
  • Support of Zheino M3 SSDs
  • Support of Ceroz M305 SSDs
  • Support of J&A LEVEN JS500 SSDs
  • Support of KingDian S280/S400 SSDs
  • Support of Ramsta S800 SSDs
  • Support of TC-Sunbow M3 SSDs
  • Support of MX-DS FUSION SSDs
Improved
  • Diagnostic algorithms are significantly updated based on feedback from thousands users
  • MBR volumes/partitions detection for disk free space monitoring
  • Support of recent OWC Mercury Electra 3G SSD models
  • Support of Samsung 810 Series SSDs
  • Support of Samsung 830 Series SSDs
  • Support of Samsung SM841/PM841 Series SSDs
  • Support of Samsung SM851/PM851 Series SSDs
  • Support of Samsung SM871/PM871 Series SSDs
  • Support of Kingston SSD Now UV400 SSDs
  • Support of Kingston SSD Now UV500 SSDs
  • Support of SanDisk X300 SSDs
  • Recognition of SanDisk X400 SSDs
  • Recognition of SanDisk X100 SSDs
  • Recognition of SanDisk X110 SSDs
  • Recognition of SanDisk Z400 SSDs
  • Recognition of SanDisk U100 SSDs
  • Support of LITE-ON CV1 SSDs
  • Support of LITE-ON CV3 SSDs
  • Support of LITE-ON CV5 SSDs

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34 DriveDx Reviews

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Tomq
02 May 2019

Most helpful

Well TJX, I'll give 5 stars for you. I agree with you that this is the "best, most excellent" drive utility I have used. And I also have tried them all. Far better than SmartUtility and SmartReporter. I especially wanted the ability to check external USB drives. Great for my purposes.
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Version 1.8.2
Hdms
02 December 2019
It saved my data when it flagged a drive was on its way out. I backed up my stuff and ordered in a new drive, and re-purposed my old drive as an external. Two months later it died.
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Version 1.9.0
Iscreen
22 November 2019
App seems pretty... smart. ;) Support still on holidays?
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Version 1.8.3
Tomq
02 May 2019
Well TJX, I'll give 5 stars for you. I agree with you that this is the "best, most excellent" drive utility I have used. And I also have tried them all. Far better than SmartUtility and SmartReporter. I especially wanted the ability to check external USB drives. Great for my purposes.
Like (2)
Version 1.8.2
Tjx
17 January 2019
It's a pretty good utility for getting drive stats and status. However support has been nonexistent. I have requested assistance with a DriveDX issue from the developer 3 times since January 2nd 2019. That's 1 request with 2 follow ups repeating my request, However my requests for assistance have been completely ignored. No response from them, zip, zilch. This is after spending $200 on business licenses for DriveDx. I can't recommend this software to anyone if you think technical support response will be important to you. I'll update my review if they decide that the promise they make of patron technical support is important for them to fulfill. I must say I don't run into many lazy software developers. Very disappointed!
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Version 1.8.2
2 answer(s)
Tjx
Tjx
08 February 2019
This is an update to my previous comments. I finally heard from the developer. They said they were on extended vacation for the holidays and were unable to respond. (They are a small indie company) They apologized and then answered my question in detail. So with that in mind, I can wholeheartedly recommend DriveDX as thee best, most excellent drive stats and status utility that I have found to date in over 25 years as a professional network technician working with Macs. And I believe that I have tried them all. They offer a fully functional, free trial and everyone should at least try it and give DriveDX a look. I think you will want this software. I would upgrade my star rating now if I could!
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Iscreen
Iscreen
25 November 2019
I suppose that if you have finally got an answer from them it's because of the $200 spent for business licenses of DriveDx. I was asking a simple question before to buy, and once more it seems that the extended vacation for the holidays syndrome struck again. That's a pity for such a promising app...
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Version 1.8.3
goeiste2014
15 January 2019
In the option "More apps" also stands "Stellar Drive Defrag" as app created by BinaryFruit.
This is not true, BinaryFruit only has created "DriveDx" and nothing else.
see: https://binaryfruit.com/store

This information is false and has to be refitted!!
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Version 1.8.2
2 answer(s)
Dr-Sparks
Dr-Sparks
01 May 2019
From MacUpdate: "StellarDriveDefrag has been discontinued".
https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/39712/stellardrivedefrag.
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artie505
artie505
13 August 2019
Why did you think the matter called for a VERY negative one star review when a simple comment would have more than sufficed?
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DragonMaster
08 October 2018
If you want to know the status of any drive at any moment then you must have this app! It even has excellent test features built into it. This is one of the very 1st apps that can look at any SSD no matter the format and tell you what the drives status is. It is completely non-intrusive. Support is excellent. Recent updates make it even more excellent! Works great in Mojave!
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Version 1.8.1
Sheadixon
28 August 2018
Can anyone tell me whether DriveDX gives diagnostic information for a SSD which is part of a fusion drive?
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Version 1.8.1
1 answer(s)
Sheadixon
Sheadixon
29 August 2018
I received a timely response from the developers with a positive answer to the question. And indeed it does give detailed information for both physical drives.
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june8
20 July 2018
Started not the recognize startup drive. No reply, no support from the developer.
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Version 1.8.1
1 answer(s)
BinaryFruit
BinaryFruit
22 July 2018
The problem is not in DriveDx. The recent release of iStat Menus (6.2) could break S.M.A.R.T. support in macOS on some Macs. Details and workaround in our blog post - https://binaryfruit.com/blog/istat-menus-6-20-breaks-smart-support-in-macos
Fix from iStat Menus developer - https://twitter.com/bjango/status/1020523712078991360
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Mcr
04 August 2017
This is a response to @frans-3 below who asked why one app can report 90% health, and another 85%, but also in general to anyone using utilities that interpret SMART data, and to be careful what conclusions you draw. SMART data is just raw data; the industry and drive makers have (purposefully) left open and undocumented, many of the attributes reported, so they are open to interpretation by both drive manufacturers, and by software like Drive X that interpret the data. Seagate may choose to report one attribute differently than how Western Digital chooses too, for example. The SMART specs are often vendor specific, although some over time have come to a general agreement about what it is reporting, but only as it relates to what raw data is reporting, NOT what it means in terms of predicting future health. Kind of like a car; 4 people may report that they hear a 'funny' noise when the engine runs, they all agree and report there is 'a noise'. They may disagree what it means or predicts, and then the reality might be the engine could fail tomorrow, or it's nothing, and the engine is fine, it's just a noise but does not effect performance. To make it even more ambiguous, the SMART spec was developed when hard drives were mechanical; it hasn't been updated by the industry since 2011. with SSDs,, even vendors disagree as to what certain attributes mean or are supposed to report when it comes to SSDs, where some of those attributes don't even make sense. For example, a 'bad sector' on a physical mechanical drive has a real physical location, that is fixed (platter 1, side 2, block 30, sector 5, etc). On a SSD, sectors can be relative, the SSD controller reallocates sectors and blocks all the time, a 'sector' number as the operating system thinks of a sector number, doesn't necessarily correlate to the same physical location on a memory chip at any given time, or over time. The concept of 'sectors' and 'blocks' is a hold over from mechanical drives, it is useful to continue to use such terms so that backward compatibility with old BIOS's, drive software and Operating systems is maintained, but 'under the hood', hidden from the operating system, it's not directly identical to how rotational drives managed such things. I'm not saying these diagnostics are not useful, but you have to take with a grain of salt, especially with SSDs, because it is all up to the drive maker's interpretation of WHAT to report and WHAT is BEING reported, and up to the software vendor of the diagnostic program, to interpret what the data means, and make predictions from it. Percentage 'health' reports and predictions, are at best generalized and open to interpretation, at worse, potentially misleading. In your example, you have to ask, what does '90%' actually mean, according to DriveDX? Does it mean, 10% of the sectors are bad? Does it mean out of 50 SMART attributes measured, 90% fell in a 'good' range, and 10% fell within a 'bad' range? Is each attribute weighed equally? (obviously some are probably more significant than others, are they given more weight?) Is it a probability, like 90% chance of rain tomorrow? Like 90% chance of failure? When? Tomorrow? A year from now? Over a length of time? What length of time? If it reports 90% today, and 85% a month from now, does it mean you run out and buy a new drive? If someone is using these drives in a mission critical environment (24/7, minimal down time) would he/she take the extreme and say anything less than 100% healthy is unacceptable? In reality, s/he would be replacing drives CONSTANTLY if they took that position, so it begs the question, so if not 100%, then when if at all? Replace at 90%? 85%? 75%? If your auto repair guy said your car was '90%' healthy, what would that mean? I think you see the point.
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Version 1.6.0
frans-3
08 May 2017
DriveDX give me a health for my iMac SSD (part of Fusiondrive) of 90%, SSD reporter however gives me a health of 81%! How can this be???
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Version 1.5.1