Panther Maintenance Tips
Subject:   SMART drive monitoring
Date:   2003-11-23 10:21:12
From:   anonymous2
SMART doesn't show up in Disk Utility on my Panther install - but them, I'm running plain Panther. Isn't SMART part of the Panther Server install?
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  • SMART drive monitoring
    2003-11-24 07:30:25  joeholmes [View]

    I've got three drives attached to my desktop Mac, two of them are less than a year old. (Two installed internally and one via Firewire.) I don't see any reference to SMART for any of the three in my Disk Utility window, even when I select the drive and not a partition.

    Running Panther 10.3.1...

  • FJ de Kermadec photo SMART drive monitoring
    2003-11-23 10:28:29  FJ de Kermadec | O'Reilly Blogger [View]

    Hi !

    S.M.A.R.T. analysis is now part of the Mac OS X "client" version too.

    However, it requires your hard drive to support it and, therefore, to be relatively new. Would you hard drive be too old or not support S.M.A.R.T., no information will appear at the bottom of the Disk Utility window.
    • SMART drive monitoring
      2003-11-23 21:35:34  anonymous2 [View]

      I have a new iMac two weeks old with HFS+ Journalling
      and 10.3 but SMART does not show on Disk Utility -
      is it only there if I boot with CD in - I usually just Sleep so it's a pity if any Disk Utility features are only available when rebooting
      • SMART drive monitoring
        2003-11-24 02:02:22  anonymous2 [View]

        Hi !

        That's interesting indeed ! I performed some tests and was always able to see the computer's S.M.A.R.T. status by using the Disk Utility , even without booting from the CD.

        However, in order to see the status, you will have to click on the name of your hard drive ( 37.3 GB TOSHIBA, for example ) and not the name of the boot partition ( Dex's 7 Gig )...

        • SMART drive monitoring
          2003-11-24 14:50:30  anonymous2 [View]

          Only certain drive manufacturers (such as IBM/Toshiba) support SMART. New drives from other manufacturers will generally not include this feature.
          • SMART drive monitoring
            2004-03-30 22:09:32  _jessie_j [View]

            As far as I understood (here) S.M.A.R.T. is an industry standard. Or not?
          • SMART drive monitoring
            2003-12-12 20:48:26  anonymous2 [View]

            That is truly weird. My original equipment (G4 400 AGP) Quantum 9 gig as well as my 1.5 year old Maxtor 40 gig both show S.M.A.R.T. status as verified.

            From the online help:
            Most disk drives include S.M.A.R.T. hardware developed by IBM that allows hard disks to test themselves for potential problems. You can check the health of your hard disk in Disk Utility, located in Applications/Utilities.

            If you've been having some problems with your computer, it's a good idea to check the status of the hard disk.

            To check the status of a disk:

            Open Disk Utility, located in Applications/Utilities, and select the disk in the left column. Look at the bottom of the window to see the S.M.A.R.T. status.

            If your disk is "verified," it's a valid disk with nothing wrong at this time. If you see "About to Fail" in red letters, back up your disk immediately and have the disk replaced. It will fail.