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 drives. 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 a variety of notification options including alert boxes, on-screen notifications and email. The current status of your hard disk drives is also always easily recognizable because SMARTReporter changes its icon (optionally in the menubar) from green to red if a problem occurs. SMARTReporter does not only check for S.M.A.R.T. disk failure predictions but increases failure prediction accuracy by checking for dangerous I/O errors as well. Additionally SMARTReporter can monitor the status of software R.A.I.D. sets for degradation or check free space on the boot disk.
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, make sure you read the F.A.Q. entry about prediction reliability and follow these links for more information about S.M.A.R.T. technology in general.
• Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
• 64-bit processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or better)
License & Cost:
SMARTReporter is licensed under a proprietary license and costs 4.99$ / 4.49€.
Contact & Support:
The product website is located here: http://www.corecode.at/smartreporter/
Technical support is available only from within SMARTReporter, click the "Documentation" tab in the main window and press "Contact support…"
0.) Download SMARTReporter from the "Mac App Store" and once it has finished downloading start it from Launchpad or your Applications folder.
1.) The "SMARTReporter Welcome Assistant" will be opened. The assistant gives you options to automatically launch SMARTReporter when starting your computer and the option to remove SMARTReporter from being displayed in the Dock. It is strongly recommended to check both options as SMARTReporter needs to be running all the time to perform its problem-detecting checks. Click "Finish Setup" to apply your settings.
2.) SMARTReporter will now open its main configuration window because this is the first time you use it. You can now see the "Status" tab which displays an overview over the result of all performed checks and the status of the problem notification mechanisms. If one of the checks finds a problem with your computer SMARTReporter's icon (in the Dock or the Menubar, wherever you have set it to display) will turn red to indicate an error. If a problem prevents some check from being performed or some problem notification mechanism is misconfigured, the icon will turn to the yellow warning state.
3.) SMARTReporter's default configuration already protects you quite well from disk related problems but there are a few things you might want to adjust:
• If you have a software R.A.I.D. attached to your Mac you should turn on the R.A.I.D. check to be notified of degradation.
• If you have "Growl" or OS X 10.8 installed you might want to enable "on-screen" notifications for all checks.
• If your Mac often runs unattended you might want to enable notification of problems by email. Email notification should only be enabled additionally because it can't be 100% reliable (e.g. network / server problems).
• If your Mac often runs unattended you might want to enable the disk-space check with email notification, Mac OS X warns about low-running disk space, but only with an on-screen dialog box.
Note that you can click the "Help" icon in the "Disk Checks" tab to obtain information about the background, purpose and significance of each check that SMARTReporter can perform.
Also be aware that not all attached disks are checked, but only "mounted" ones. Also the S.M.A.R.T. check cannot inspect USB/FireWire disks unless you install additional software, see the corresponding F.A.Q. entry.
4.) After you've configured SMARTReporter to your liking you can close its configuration window. As long as SMARTReporter runs it will protect you by performing the selected checks and it will alert you when it determines any impending problems.
5.) If SMARTReporter notifies you of a problem you should act dependent on the actual check that failed. While a failed S.M.A.R.T. check often precedes a serious disk hardware failure, a failed disk-space check simply means that you have to free up some space or your Mac could be freezing. Therefore you should make sure you read both the in-app help section about the failed check (see above) and also read the F.A.Q. entry about how to act when the corresponding check fails.