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DriveDx Reviews1.9.1

25 December 2019

Advanced drive-health diagnostic utility.

5
Tomq
02 May 2019
Version: 1.8.2

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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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5
Hdms
02 December 2019
Version: 1.9.0
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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Iscreen
22 November 2019
Version: 1.8.3
App seems pretty... smart. ;) Support still on holidays?
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Tomq
02 May 2019
Version: 1.8.2
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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anonymous-moose-4473
17 January 2019
Version: 1.8.2
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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goeiste2014
15 January 2019
Version: 1.8.2
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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5
DragonMaster
08 October 2018
Version: 1.8.1
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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Sheadixon
28 August 2018
Version: 1.8.1
Can anyone tell me whether DriveDX gives diagnostic information for a SSD which is part of a fusion drive?
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0.5
june8
20 July 2018
Version: 1.8.1
Started not the recognize startup drive. No reply, no support from the developer.
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Mcr
04 August 2017
Version: 1.6.0
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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frans-3
08 May 2017
Version: 1.5.1
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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Wts
02 December 2016
Version: 1.4.2
I am not so sure about the accuracy of DriveDX ( 1.4.2 ) hard drive checker ( one of many many hard drive checkers on the market these days ).

Yesterday it reported a potential failure with the main hard drive.

Today it reports all is good with that drive.

Strange ??

On the other hand this application has had not updates or improvements since December 2015.

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Drdul
30 October 2016
Version: 1.4.2
I like DriveDx because it looks at more than just the usual SMART indicators to measure drive health, and in my case alerted me to a failing mechanical hard drive in my Mac Mini that another SMART utility reported was just fine (subsequent Googling verified that the indicators that DriveDx flagged are valid signs of a failing drive). What I don't like is that the settings for the free drive space alert won't stick. I tried to turn off the alert on my Time Machine volume, but it doesn't remember the setting and every time I plug in my Time Machine volume it tells me that it's running low. Once it even reported that my OS X Recovery partition was running low on free space! I had to disable the otherwise useful email alert feature because I was getting nothing but false alert emails. I wrote the dev about this and never heard back, which in combination with a last-updated date of December 2015 makes me wonder if DriveDx is still being actively supported.
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Big Johnson
15 June 2016
Version: 1.4.2
This app has not yet been updated to protect against the Sparkle updater framework vulnerability that was discovered in Jan. 2016. Apps that use a vulnerable version of Sparkle and an unencrypted HTTP channel for server updates are at risk of being hijacked to transmit malicious code to end users.
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fiery12
06 March 2016
Version: 1.4.2
The only version of DriveDX that works with Transcend SSD370(S) drive (with Silicon Motion controller) is DriveDX v1.4.0rc1 with included smartctl 6.3.1. Any later version of DriveDX (including final v1.4.0) freezes my Mac as soon as I start the app (If I boot from that drive, there is no way to stop the machine than forced shutdown). Also, this causes increase of "UDMA CRC Error Count" SMART value of the SSD (that has a treshold of 50). The problem seems to be in included smartctl utility, that since v6.3.2 fails to send some SMART command and makes the drive unusable. Developer accepted my reports, but no reply for a planned fix appeared since July 2015, so I'm stuck to DriveDX v1.4.0rc1. My advise is, before you start DriveDX, boot from your original Mac HDD and unmount any external drives (don't unplug them). Then start DriveDX and look in the Console app. If you see "IOSATDriver::sendSMARTCommand failed", then in no case start that version of DriveDX any longer (you can try an older version as v1.4.0rc1 instead). In this case, any failed attempt increases important SMART values of you external drives.
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lotox
09 November 2015
Version: 1.4.1
I've been using DriveDx for 2 years. Yesterday when I mounted a 1TB backup HDD via eSATA, DriveDx flagged Current Pending Sectors Count had jumped from 0 to 3. I chose an alternate HDD to complete my backup. Using Disk Utility I tried reformatting the suspect HDD using a 3-pass wipe. After 6 hours it barely made any progress and indicated more than a day to go. The drive was running hot at near 50°C so I clicked Skip and -- with obvious laboring -- DU completed a simple format and mounted the drive. DriveDx then quickly reported the Current Pending Sectors Count had increased to 13. Okay -- increasing bad sectors, hot drive, slow performance -- another HDD bites the dust (a 6 year old WD Black in case anyone is wondering). Prior to yesterday, this HDD was performing just fine and all health indicators had been green. The beauty here is that DriveDx caught the early sign of a bad drive BEFORE I committed it to another backup. Just an everyday example of how this application continues to prove its value to me.
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slbenfica1
07 November 2015
Version: 1.4.1
Dear developer, you forgot to add support for mSATA (External Portable SSDs)? It gets ejected all the time and also interferes with Disk Utility cannot formats the Drive at all.

Thanks.
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5
Septimus
12 October 2015
Version: 1.4.1
Saved me from many problems as DriveDx reported problems with my SSD so I was able to replace it in time. Worth every penny!!!
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4.5
PHdJ
06 September 2015
Version: 1.4.0
Wonderful tool to get an extensive insight about your drive(s). Great UI giving loads of information. Only issue I have is with one drive the DriveDX's self-tests are 'Aborted by host' all the time. :-(
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mfolder
27 June 2015
Version: 1.4.0
Great app, but strangely their website blocks incomming connections from some countries (404 error for any url)
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mfolder
07 June 2015
Version: 1.3.0
I wish I could download it but their website is down for already a week or so
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5
Caiyne
26 March 2015
Version: 1.3.0
This app does exactly what it says and does a great job too. It is great in every way I can think on what to expect in such an app, however the only thing I would comment on is that it could be better if it were half the price. $20 is a bit high in my opinion, but I did pay for it so I can't complain anymore than that. I don't have any regrets, but I just think for most users, this app would be more suited for half the price.
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Thinking-Differently
13 February 2015
Version: 1.3.0
Looking for something to send alerts when drives/partitions are almost full. This product was suggested, but the demo doesn't seem to have any way to do that. I see how to email alerts when the drive is failing. But nothing for full. Am I missing something?
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5
Pablo-Toledo-T-
17 December 2014
Version: 1.3.0
Perfect for monitoring internal AND most of external hard disks.
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5
Djefis
13 April 2014
Version: 1.2.0
Great tool.
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anonymous-tapir-4715
01 January 2014
Version: 1.2.0
Hmmm. Ddx found a fairly serious issue but could tie me no more information unless I bought full version. No way. Red flag, red flag! And be very careful whatever drive repair tool you might buy - usually not something soft are can repair.
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siamlotus
01 December 2013
Version: 1.2.0 (421)
There is a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale on at the developer's site for this software.
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4.5
thec13
14 September 2013
Version: 1.1.0
Use this at my job and absolutely love it. Must have for Techs and IT gurus.
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5
June8
01 July 2013
Version: 1.1.0
A couple of days ago, DriveDx warned me (pre-failing) for one of my external drives. I don't use it any more for backup. After DriveDx warning, drive behaved abnormally, I heard loud clicking noises and I got warnings from OS X as the drive unmounted abnormally while it was not the case. Thanks to DriveDx.
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mrsidoric
30 June 2013
Version: 1.1.0
If you value your music, photos, movies, or data – you need DriveDx. Don't think that this is just SMART. From my understanding it uses much more advanced metrics to assess drive performance over time, and the likelihood of impending failure, and can proactively send a warning email when those metrics deteriorate. DriveDx correctly predicted the premature failure of drive on a production iMac – which Apple promptly replaced – no questions asked. In fact, Apple was impressed with DriveDx as it uses many of the same metrics that their own proprietary diagnostic suite does. When you consider the cost of trying to recover data from a failed drive – the modest cost of Drive Dx is a bargain. Nothing else I've tested comes close. DriveDx isn't just SMART – it's brilliant.
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Just-Annutha-Dewd
30 June 2013
Version: 1.1.0
I don't see a way to run a "long" SMART self-test. Am I missing something? This option exists in SMARTReporter and SMART Utility.
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5
markrfriedman
30 June 2013
Version: 1.1.0
As a photographer, I'm always concerned about drive failure because I know it will happen to all of my drives. What I don't know is when. DriveDx exposes low-level information of internal sensors, pre-fail indicators and lifetime accumulators of information that have allowed me to anticipate problems before they affect my system. As a result, I sent e drives back to LaCie for exchange under warranty due to anticipated drive failure. LaCie technicians don't use a tool of this sophistication! The developer is actively interested in making his product better and communication is rapid and excellent. This is one of the best investments you can make in your system. I recommend it highly.
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Xenophile
10 June 2013
Version: 1.0.7
Cheaper and better than it's main OS X competitors. DriveDX has a better GUI layout, clearer presentation of data, and explanations of each of the SMART attributes. Beautiful. I didn't see a way to monitor IO errors like SMARTReporter does, which has on occasion warned me of impending hardware failure on older PPC Macs. Add this feature and I can cleanse my system of all of DriveDX's competitors.
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June8
31 May 2013
Version: 1.0.7
Best in its class. Excellent tech support.
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tvalleau
24 March 2013
Version: 1.0.7
Only works on drives that have SMART access/reporting.
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