updated 11:55 am EST, Tue January 27, 2009
SMART Utility 2.0 released
Volitans has published v2.0 of SMART Utility, a diagnostic tool for hard drives. The software taps into the SMART monitoring technology built into hard drives, and presents status information in a more convenient and legible form. The app additionally attempts to warn users about impending disk failures, with the aim of allowing time to transfer material to a different location.
New to v2.0 are the ability to run built-in self-tests, and preferences that can limit alerts to the discovery of new problems. Temperatures can now be displayed in Fahrenheit, and Growl users can receive notifications for scans, updates, and impending or total failures. SMART Utility requires Mac OS X 10.4 or better, and costs $25.