Hard drive health, uncovered
$29.99 From Micromat Inc., micromat.com Needs Intel-based Mac, OS X 10.8.5 or later
Hard drives are the weakest link in the Mac, since they’re more likely to fail before other components. That’s why manufacturers implement SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) to predict drive failure.
This data is usually hidden from users, popping up only when disaster is imminent. Micromat’s Drive Scope can give you peace of mind, it goes well beyond the basic SMART capabilities of the company’s TechToolPro by offering a granular look into the health of connected volumes.
Hard drives typically run diagnostics while idle, but Drive Scope can initiate self-testing at the click of a button. It’s almost information overload, but the software provides plenty of useful stats for non-techies, like uptime hours, total power cycles, and current operating temperature.
Most important is the Health indicator — as long as it’s green, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Drive Scope doesn’t support RAID drives but works with NVMe — which is used with recent Mac SSD drives. At the moment, this app is the only way to view this kind of information.
the bottom line. More hard drive and SSD data than you can shake a stick at. Drive Scope Self-test anytime Supports NVMe SSDs No RAID support Driver install required Great