Monday, September 13th, 2010 | Company News, SMART Utility | Comments Off
As development of SMART Utility 3.0 is waning down, I would like to test this release a bit more. The biggest addition is the new menu icon, and that needs to most testing. So I am looking for a few good beta testers. The only requirement is that you must have purchased SMART Utility (the license type doesn’t matter). There is no incentive other than getting some pre-release software.
If you are interested, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, May 9th, 2010 | SMART Utility | Comments Off
I’m pleased to announce the release of version 2.2.2 of SMART Utility. This version fixes numerous bugs.
Full release notes:
- Fixed a bug that would prevent scanning on first launch
- Fixed a bug that would randomly cause problems and errors opening up a drive report (10.4 build only)
- Fixed a bug that would cause registration information to not be saved properly in all cases
- Fixed a bug that would cause a crash if the error log could not be read
- Fixed a formatting issue that would cause log text view and “Clear Log” button to be mis-aligned when resizing the log window
- Improved handling of bad or corrupt drive report files
Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 | Opinion, SMART Utility | Comments Off
John Gruber, of DaringFireball fame, just had his HD fail. He noticed it because everything was running very slow. He ran DiskWarrior which recovered his data but alerted him to a problem. SMART Utilility would most likely have alerted him to this issue a lot sooner. He was lucky because he also had a SuperDuper backup as well as a DropBox backup.
He makes a lot of good recommenations, and I encourage you to read the full story, but this is my favorite part:
Hard drives are fragile. Read as much as you can bear to about how they work, how incredibly precisely they must operate in order to cram so many bits onto such small disks. It’s a miracle to me that they work at all. Every hard drive in the world will eventually fail. Assume that yours are all on the cusp of failure at all times. It’s good to be spooked about how long your hard drives will last.
A hard drive failure can happen to anybody. Be prepared when it does, and be alerted before it does. That’s why I made SMART Utility.
Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 | SMART Utility | Comments Off
I’m please to release version 2.2 of SMART Utility. The biggest features are opening and saving SMART data reports, printing, and better support for SSDs. Get it here.
Full release notes:
- Added support for saving and opening drive reports in native format
- Added support for printing SMART reports
- Fixed bug where scanning capabilities that would cause an error
- Fixed bug where in rare cases scanning SMART data would cause a crash
- Improved debug log formatting
- Moved log files to a subfolder
- Now log window updates live
- Updated smartctl engine to 5.39 providing more fixes and recognizes more drives, including SSDs
- Updated eSellerate embedded engine to 188.8.131.52
Monday, December 14th, 2009 | SMART Utility | Comments Off
Few bug fixes. Get it here.
- Fixed a crash on 10.4 Intel systems with Growl 1.1.6 installed (related to Growl Framework 1.2)
- Fixed bug where certain drives would only show “calculating…” for short tests
- Improved Estimated Time Remaining for short tests
Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 | SMART Utility | Comments Off
This one’s mostly bug fixes. Get it here.
Full Release Notes:
- Fixed bug where on new installs scans every 50 seconds instead of every hour
- Fixed bug where polling preference time shows unknown time
- Fixed bug where error window would not open on some drives
- Fixed bug where reading health would cause an exception
- Fixed bug where outputting debug message would cause crash in self test log
- Fixed bug where with French localization where main window and tests window would not localize self test error statuses
- Fixed default opening tab for preferences
- Fixed a small memory leak
- Improved debug log information output
- Now Main window saves its position
- Updated help with changes to polling as well as two new FAQs
- Updated eSellerate embedded engine to 184.108.40.206
- Updated Growl framework to 1.2 (which is 10.5 only but should still work for 10.4 Growl installs)
Thursday, November 12th, 2009 | SMART Utility | Comments Off
Check out the nice review of SMART Utility on macworld.com.
The author does a fair job of reviewing the app, showing the positives and negatives of the app as well as SMART in general.
One note however. At the end he states:
Unfortunately, whereas SMARTReporter can run in the background, with or without a menu-bar icon, SMART Utility is a standard Mac program, which means it appears in the Dock whenever it’s running; I’d have preferred an approach similar to that of SMARTReporter. I’d also like to see additional alert options, similar to those provided by SMARTReporter; for example, e-mail alerts and the capability to launch an application or run an AppleScript. But SMART Utility’s additional drive details could make it more useful than SMARTReporter for many people.
Version 3.0 of SMART Utility (in development now) will have the ability to run in the background as a menu bar icon, and will support additional notifications, such as email and launching an application.
Monday, September 7th, 2009 | SMART Utility | Comments Off
The biggest new feature is that while the application is open, it can scan drives in the background. So users can leave it running and it will alert if a drive is failing. This is really useful with Growl installed.
Get it here:
Full release notes:
- Added preference to update drives in the background
- Added preference to only flag failing test if it is new
- Added better error handling for problems reading SMART data
- Added estimated time remaining for a test
- Fixed a bug with display of reallocated bad sectors on main window
- Now updates progress bar of SMART data update sheet
Monday, August 24th, 2009 | SMART Utility | Comments Off
Since Apple is shipping 10.6 this Friday, I thought I should comment on SMART Utility and 10.6. Unfortunately, I just obtained access to ADC this week, and I have not downloaded the GM seed yet. So I do not know if SMART Utility is compatibility with 10.6. However, I do not believe there will be an issue, as SMART Utility does not use many of the API’s that could potentially cause an issue. There was no changes needed when upgrading from 10.4 to 10.5, so I am guessing the same will occur with this upgrade.
But, as soon as I get my hands on it and test it, I’ll update the blog with the results.
Update: I have installed Snow Leopard, and SMART Utility 2.0.2 is fully compatible with 10.6. I will have a new blog post with a Snow Leopard review in a week or so.