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The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
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Thursday, October 4, 2007

The SMART status!

All the newer hard drives include a new technology called SMART status. Depending on the kind of hard drive failure, the SMART status should let you know that a failure is imminent before it happens. It gives you the time of backing up your data. Not all failures show up in the SMART status, but it is still a good idea to keep an eye on it. There is a way to check it in Disk Utility. Disk Utility is located in Applications/Utilities. When you select your hard drive in the left section of Disk Utility, the S.M.A.R.T status will appear in the lower right corner. It should be "Verified". The only problem with that is that you don't run Disk Utility every day. I really like a small freeware called SMARTReporter. It runs in the background without any icon in the Dock, or the "Command-Tab" dialog. It adds by default an icon in the menu bar, but you can choose to deactivate it. The icon is green when SMART is Verified and red when it is not. What I like about it is that you really don't need the menu bar icon because you can choose to get an alert if the status switches to an unverified status. The other option instead of an alert is to have the application send you an email. The email is great if you want to install it on a server or somewhere else where you are not always in front of your computer. You can download SMARTReporter here from MacUpdate.

10 Comments:

Blogger Philip said...

Interesting program...but it doesn't recognize my external drives.

October 3, 2007 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger Ronaldo Menezes said...

Mine neither. I was hoping it would....

October 3, 2007 at 11:56 PM  
Blogger zevie said...

Thanks for the great tip, by the way what was the link for the website u made, to help window users to move to mac?

October 4, 2007 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger octo said...

If someone can help me...i verified my disk and it had to be repaired, but i cant get the repair button to be clickable... what do i have to do?!?!

October 5, 2007 at 1:50 AM  
Blogger zevie said...

try disk utilities! Then click "verify disk permissions". Right below it it says,"repair disk permissions" click that and that should fix it. If not you can take it into an Apple store. Hope this helps

October 5, 2007 at 3:35 AM  
Blogger Evan said...

S.M.A.R.T. Status does not seem to support external drives; When I click on my Externals, the status is "Not Supported".

October 5, 2007 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger octo said...

I did the permission verification and repair but when i put disk verification it says volume needs repair but the repair button is not clickable...what can i do?! or have to go to an apple store???

October 6, 2007 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

if the repair button isnt clickable, you probably need to do the repairs while booted from your osx install disc. Simply put the disk in, restart, and hold "c" when you hear the tone until the apple logo appears. This will start the installer, but there is a menu called utilities, and under that menu there is the disk utility. From there you should have no problem repairing. You have to do this because certain repairs cannot be performed while the drive being repaired is the boot volume. If that makes no sense, don't worry and just follow the directions. If this doesn't work/doesn't solve the problem THEN its off to the apple store

October 8, 2007 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Why does SMART Status not support external drives?

February 3, 2009 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger Elton said...

I don't believe that Mac OS X currently supports SMART status of external drives by firewire or USB. Only drives connected via serial port.

May 21, 2009 at 12:54 PM  

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