How do you check the SMART status of a USB external HDD?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by splitpea, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. splitpea macrumors 6502a

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    #1
    Since Disk Utility will only check internal drives....
     
  2. nikolajlr macrumors newbie

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    #2
    Install this:

    https://github.com/kasbert/OS-X-SAT-SMART-Driver (scroll down to read the README)

    I'm using it on Snow Leopard and Mountain Lion.

    Best regards,
    Nikolaj
     
  3. PacoH, Jul 10, 2013
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    PacoH macrumors newbie

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    #3
    One question. Did you have to reboot to get this to work? I just installed it and it doesn't work on SL 10.6.8.

    Answer: Rebooting solved the problem.
     
  4. Giuly macrumors 68040

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    Take the drive out of the enclosure if you can, install it internally and boot via the Snow Leopard DVD. Then it's at the bottom in Disk Util.

    Or you just assume that it's broken, as there seems to be a problem with it. Hard drives fail.
     
  5. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    Many USB controllers in drive enclosures don't pass through smart data. Its not an OS thing in that case.
     

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