Apps to test failling hard drive & battery life

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Sepultura, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. Sepultura macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2013
    I wasn't sure where to put this topic, but since battery life is related I thought I would put it in one of the laptop forums.

    What apps are available to test for a failing battery and hard drive?

    If I were to buy a used Macbook Pro or Air - old or new model, I want to check these and make sure I am not getting a dud.

    For example on the hard drive... On Windows I use a fantastic program that is FREE, called CrystaldiskInfo. It checks the SMART attributes and will warn you if a hard drive is failing.

    What free programs are available on Mac?
  2. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    Coconut Battery: Health should be above 90% and the cycle count below 500 I would say. A very low cycle count can also be bad... less than 10-20/year is a reason to be concerned.

    I don't know what is good to test the hard drive.
  3. hamiltonDSi macrumors 68000


    Jul 29, 2012
    No need for special apps.
    You can check the HDD with Disk Utility and the battery with System Profiler.

    *My OS is in Romanian but you get the idea.

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  4. Sepultura thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2013
    Last time I used disk utility it didn't give as much information as I wanted.

    I will have to check it out next time.

    Thanks for the tip on Coconut battery.

    * also free recommendations only please.
  5. ZVH macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2012
    I don't know about software to "test" a battery, other than monitoring it with Coconut Battery, however months ago I put together a list of drive testing products right here on Macrumors.

    Here's a link:

    I use Scannerz nowadays myself. If you find other products let me know and I can update/edit the list as needed.

    Disk Utility can do index corrections in it's "Repair" mode and can modify/reset permissions, and newer versions give better SMART status (for what that's really worth) but that's it. It doesn't do surface scans. If you drive actually has some types of media defects, Disk Utility will never let you know.

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