To give you an idea of how long I’ve been using computers, my first hard disk drive cost a whopping $1,500 for 10 megabytes. That was back in the day when firing up a PCs hard disk sounded more like a jet airliner taking off down the runway. That was also back in the day when even looking at a hard disk drive cross eyed would make it crash.
Today, hard disk drives are more durable than ever, cost less, come with more storage capacity and still have all those moving parts inside. Sooner or later, whatever hard disk drive you have on your Mac is going to die.
SMARTReporter is the once-upon-a-time free Mac app that constantly tests your Mac’s disk and tries very hard to give you a warning whenever something goes wonky inside.
How it works is pretty much straightforward and elegant. SMARTReporter sits in your Mac’s Menubar and periodically checks the S.M.A.R.T status of your Mac’s disk drive. If it gets a status warning SMARTReporter warns you so you can be prepared for the day when the disk drive goes belly up.
Setup, installation, and use couldn’t be easier. You control the icon in the Menubar and how frequently SMARTReporter checks your disks, and what kind of alerts or alarms you want.
Outside of that’ it’s truly set it and forget it. And that’s the problem.
After many, many years of using the free version of SMARTReporter and never having it give me a warning about impending doom on a Mac disk drive, SMARTReporter now has a price tag.
Granted, it’s nominally priced, and should be thought of as cheap insurance for an advanced, early-warning system that may or may not work but you’ll never know for sure until your try it.
So, I keep using SMARTReporter in the hopes that one day it will inform me that a Mac’s disk is heading for belly-up land and I’ll feel justified that my years of using an app that never did anything except once was worth it.
That makes sense, right?