Smart Alec: Free check of SMART hard drives via Mac app

Smart Alec Test Download macOS

The free Mac app Smart Alecwhich is currently in public beta, features a review of internal and external SMART hard drives. The abbreviation for these storage media stands for "Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology". SMART hard drives, such as those installed in many versions of the Apple MacBook, check themselves independently and use analysis data to indicate whether and when they could break or fail. The software aims to process the relevant information in a user-friendly manner Smart Alec.

The Mac app Smart Alec analyzes SMART hard drives and displays their status and technical data. Currently in beta, soon available for free in the Apple App Store.

The Mac app Smart Alec analyzes SMART hard drives and displays their status and technical data. Currently in beta, soon available for free in the Apple App Store.

Smart Alec: Analysis app for SMART hard drives

If you have a SMART hard drive in your Apple Mac, iMac or MacBook that has been upgraded or you may be using external hard drives, then this program can help you with their analysis. Smart Alec helps you to read out hard drive models, the serial number, data on the service life and other information of the storage medium. Is the SMART hard drive OK, is it in critical status, or should it be replaced because it fails the SMART test? All of this is clearly shown in the app:

Software user interface. Image source: smartalec.biz

Software user interface. Image source for this and the next image: smartalec.biz

Message: Disk Failing / Predicted to Fail

In the overview of the hard drives in and on your Apple Mac you can already see the Colors green, yellow and redthe status of a hard drive. If you then select the appropriate model, you will get a detailed overview. Smart Alec then shows you messages such as “Disk Failing” (red) or “Predicted to Fail” (yellow) for each of the SMART hard drives. In the first case the FP should be exchanged, in the second case it could fail soon and must then be exchanged. So you better get one Backup do!

SMART hard drive in critical status. The best thing to do here is make a backup and buy a replacement ...

SMART hard drive in critical status. The best thing here is to make a backup and buy a replacement ...

Smart Alec download or beta test

Further information, the features of the software and the registration for the beta test can be found on the page smartalec.biz. As for the price of the Mac app, it is said that it will be available for free on the Apple App Store after launch. A version with more features will then probably be offered for a fee (in-app purchase or pro version):

"A version of SMART Alec will be available free from the Apple App store after launch. Further pricing information (for advanced features) will be available in the future."

You can find more information about SMART hard drives at Wikipedia ;) The contribution to the Statistics of the best hard drives from Backblaze Q3 / 2017.

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