Program that monitors disk health?

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  1. rawdawg macrumors 6502

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    So I finally have my backup solution that finally works. This involves having backups through CCC of each hard drive onto backup harddrives at night. I use TimeMachine for my system but need true backups for my media.

    A few years ago I saw someone with a MBP who had an icon in his toolbar that told him when a drive was failing. This was handy at the time because someone from work gave us a external HDD to put media on and he recognized it was failing and was able to alert the person giving it to him.

    I would like to know when one of my drives is going bad. All my drives are in Voyager Q docks which according to my "SpeedTools" program does not support SMART status.

    Does anyone know a program that would be good for my needs?
     
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  3. rawdawg thread starter macrumors 6502

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    But if my Voyager Q docks don't support SMART status wouldn't that not work?
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    Correct. In that case, nothing will be able to monitor disk health. Don't forget, SMART is only a rough estimate of disk health. A drive can still fail or be bad if the SMART passes. It can also still be used for many more years if the SMART fails without a problem as well.
     
  5. rawdawg thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the reply. Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I've read a little about ProSoft Engineering's software DrivePulse which is part of Drive Genius 3. It sounded as if the program worked in the background detecting read/write errors. It doesn't sound in any way related to SMART.

    If anyone has any experience with this program do they think this would be useful in the case where I don't have SMART support?
     
  6. Intell macrumors P6

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    SMARTReporter does that as well. It check the kernel log for disk I/O errors.
     

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