updated 10:50 am EDT, Mon June 18, 2007
SMART Utility ships
Volitans has released SMART Utility, an application to scan the internal hardware diagnostics system of hard drives. SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) is a system built into hard drives by manufacturers to report on various attributes of a hard drive's operation. SMART Utility is different from other drive utilities, such as Disk Utility, which only read the overall SMART Status. SMART Utility not only displays the individual attributes to see their status and information, but it also uses an internal algorithm based on those attributes to detect drives failing before SMART indicates it has failed. This allows time to backup, and then replace the drive. It runs on Mac OS X 10.4 or later, with a Intel- or PPC-processor. It is available for $20.