S.M.A.R.T. error alert on my iMac's SSD...

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  1. blakespot Administrator

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    I have a mid-2011 iMac (Core i7 3.4GHz) with a 256MB SSD (and 2TB spinning disk) internal. I've had it for about a year and a half. This morning, I was greeted with a S.M.A.R.T. error alert from the 3rd party app Hardware Monitor, regarding my SSD:

    https://twitter.com/blakespot/status/351677948983648258/photo/1

    When I brought up OS X System Information, it showed things ok:

    https://twitter.com/blakespot/status/351678602321985536/photo/1

    Can someone recommend a tool to further test the internal SSD to determine if it actually has a problem?

    Thanks.




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  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus

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    If you can get the SSD into a Windows PC, you can run Spinrite on it in level 1, which is read only, and it can mark bad sectors so the SSD controller will not try to write to them in the future. Plus it will give you a sector-by-sector status of the health of the drive.
     
  3. Chippy99 macrumors 6502a

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    Have you had a look in Disk Utility?

    Select the SSD and choose Info at the top of the window. It shows you the SMART status and error counts and stuff.

    Also Onyx will do a SMART test on startup. That might be worth a look.
     
  4. sedge macrumors newbie

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    you could wipe it with the AS cleaner, and restore from backup, if it shows the same error then maybe its a gonner. you could throw it into a windows to see if it has the same issue by running samsung magician?
     
  5. blakespot thread starter Administrator

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  7. Bear macrumors G3

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    Just check the status in Disk Utility regularly. Also, if you don't do regfular backups, this would be a good time to start,
     

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