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SMART Utility 3.2.3 is Out!

SMART Utility 3.2.3 has been released, which adds full support for 10.12 and fixes a bunch of small bugs.

Download for 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.11 (El Capitan). 10.12 (Sierra).


Here’s the full release notes:

– Added ability to use installed version of smartctl, which fixes an unknown status error in that case
– Fixed bug where drives with zero partitions would display incorrectly
– Fixed bug where running a test would cause a crash
– Fixed bug on 10.12 where Configure Email button would not enable properly
– Fixed a couple of small bugs which could potentially cause a crash
– Updated to smarctl 6.5 which supports many more drives

SMART Utility Summer Sale!

From now until the end of August, take 20% off any SMART Utility license! Just use coupon code CPNSUMMER on your order in the online store.

Remember that version 4.0 will be out in the fall, and it will be a paid update. However, if you buy now, the update will be free! You will also be helping further development of SMART Utility.

SMART Utility and MacOS Sierra

SMART Utility 3.2.2 has been tested with the MacOS Sierra developer beta. It is almost fully functional, except for two issues discovered:

  • Crashing on first attempt to install the SAT SMART Driver
  • Crashing on running a drive test

An update will be released before Sierra is released to the public in the fall. This will still be on the 3.x version. Remember that version 4.0 will be out in the fall, and that its a paid update. However, we wanted to be sure that current customers who do not choose to update can continue to use the current version in full.

SMART Utility Upgrade Pricing Announcement

SMART Utility 1.0 was released June 15, 2007. In the 9 years since then, every update was free. However, the time has come to charge an update price. Version 4.0 will be a significant rewrite with large additional features. This includes a GUI overhaul.

Version 4.0 will be released in approximately six months. Pricing has not been set for version 4.0, but it is only fair to announce ahead of time that the the update will not be free. However, any purchase after today (May 1st, 2016) will not be charged an update fee.

If there are any questions, please contact us via email at sales@volitans-software.com.

SMART Utility 3.2.2 is Out!

SMART Utility 3.2.2 has been released, which fixes a bunch of small bugs. Most notably the SAT SMART Driver for external drives has been updated to .10, as well as fixed for working on 10.11.

Download for 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite), and 10.11 (El Capitan).

Note that support has been dropped for 10.5,  10.6, 10.7, and 10.8.

Here’s the full release notes:


  • Added support for Blink1 USB alert light notifications
  • Changed displayed drive name to model, if available
  • Fixed bug that would cause negative values for some raw attributes
  • Fixed bug where temperature min/max would not be recognized for some drives
  • Fixed bug that caused crash for failing drives
  • Fixed bug that showed duplicates for RAID and CoreStorage drives
  • Fixed bug that would not send email upon test completion
  • Removed in app purchasing and sent to website instead
  • Updated ATS settings for better security
  • Updated SAT SMART Driver to version .10 to add more support for external drives
  • Signed SAT SMART Driver to allow installation on 10.11

SMART Utility not vulnerable to Sparkle attack

As some of you may have read, there is a security vulnerability in apps that use the Sparkle app updating framework. However, this only affects apps that use HTTP connections for updating. While SMART Utility does use the Sparkle framework, it uses HTTPS on the backend (as does this site), preventing it from being vulnerable.

However, the next update will include the new version as an added protection. Look for it soon!

Watchman Monitoring Gets SMART(ER) Utility

Volitans Software is proud to announce a new partnership with Watchman Monitoring! Watchman Monitoring is a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering which monitors the health of Mac, Linux, and Windows computers. Part of that monitoring is drive health. Prior to this partnership, Watchman could only monitor the standard SMART status. As users of SMART Utility know, that is usually not enough as other hidden problems could be there.

Now with SMART Utility built in, Watchman Monitoring subscribers can be alerted to the same prefail warnings that current SMART Utility customers have. Watchman Monitoring is great for companies and organizations with many Macs to keep them abreast of changes and issues, such as drive problems.

Of course, to really see all of a drives issues, Watchman customers will want to purchase the full SMART Utility. The plugin for Watchman is only a limited one- enough to know there are issues, but not enough to fully diagnose it.

Both Volitans Software and Watchman Monitoring are excited for this partnership. This will greatly benefit both our customers to maintain working drives and safe data.