Any way to check SMART status on external

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by agentphish, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. agentphish macrumors 65816

    agentphish

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    Any way to really check for hardware failure on an external FW800 drive. I'm interested in being able to check for bad/pending sectors. SMART status on external drives is not supported in disk utility or SmartCTL

    What else is out there?
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    I don't think there is any way. The USB/Firewire adapters that are used don't handle the SMART info. Only eSATA can check the SMART status of drives.
     
  3. agentphish thread starter macrumors 65816

    agentphish

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    hmm. I'm having trouble with access time on my WD studio quad interface over the network from my i5 MBP to my Mac Mini where the drive is hooked up.

    I am not hearing any audible signs of failure so I don't know.
     
  4. FourCandles macrumors 6502a

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    That's my understanding too, at least on OS X. Plus, not all external enclosure pass on SMART data anyway.
     
  5. Erendiox macrumors 6502a

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    If you're accessing it wirelessly over the network, through a mac mini, over firewire, I wouldn't expect the access time to be all that awesome in the first place. You should plug it in directly and see if it performs as expected.

    To further test it, I would back it up, if it's not already, and then run integrity checks. Drive Genius is a good program to use.
     

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