Drive Scope

Hard drive health, un­cov­ered

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - J.R. Book­wal­ter

$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

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