I have a 2010 MBP that I've owned for just a little bit less than a year and the hard drive failed on me. I got it replaced at the Apple Store, but I want to prevent it from happening again because one year is too soon for it to fail. I want to monitor it, in case it wasn't just bad luck. Is using too much swap a reason for hard drive failure? I have 8gb of RAM but with virtual machines, sometimes I go into 5gb's of swap at points. It's odd because I only allocate a max of 1gb for the VM but it happens nonetheless. Also is using more RAM (or the brand of RAM, as I bought it third party) a reason for hard drive failure? What tools can I use to monitor my hard drive health? What things should I monitor (e.g. load cycles, etc)? I think there is something called S.M.A.R.T. status that is supposed to do this, but it didn't prevent my previous HDD from failing on me before I could do anything about it.