updated 09:10 am EDT, Wed May 14, 2003
SubRosaSoft today announced , a collection of tools that alert users of imminent hard drive failure in addition to performing Volume Repairs, Backup and Restore, Benchmarking, Surface Scanning for media defects, and verification of data integrity on storage subsystems: "DiskGuardian utilizes a feature called Self Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology, or SMART, that is built into most modern hard drives to monitor and alert users before the drive starts to fail." The company says that the application can "even backup many disks that are known to have physical faults. For example, scratched CDs and disks with bad blocks." It is available for $70 with competitive upgrades starting at $55. It runs on Mac OS X only.