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Posted by: Fritz
Date: April 29, 2020 05:52PM
on DAW-Mac list that I'm on, these 2 apps were mentioned as good ones.
Never heard of either.
Anyone here care to testify?

ClamXAV

DriveDX



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Re: apps mentioned
Posted by: jdc
Date: April 29, 2020 06:27PM
meh.



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Re: apps mentioned
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: April 29, 2020 06:49PM
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jdc
meh.

Double-meh.



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Re: apps mentioned
Posted by: clay
Date: April 29, 2020 08:54PM
I really like DriveDX. Been using it for 2-3 years now. It meets all my needs for monitoring drive health, and has been extremely helpful for me. I have tons of drives come across my desk, and it is a super easy way to get a sense of drive health.

I have recommended it here before, but seems like it's appeal is limited for some reason (as evidenced by the two previous replies in this thread). Whatever the case, I like it, and it works quite well for my needs.
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Posted by: jdc
Date: April 29, 2020 10:23PM
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clay
I have tons of drives come across my desk, and it is a super easy way to get a sense of drive health.

Well, yeah, totally get it for your workflow. +1

But for normal peeps with 1-2 drives... meh.



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Re: apps mentioned
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: April 30, 2020 04:29AM
meh.

Zero help but an oh-so-cool repsonse.


Double-meh.

2 x 0 is still 0 and oh-so-cool factor is lost.




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Posted by: Sarcany
Date: April 30, 2020 06:22AM
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RAMd®d
meh.

Zero help but an oh-so-cool repsonse.


Double-meh.

2 x 0 is still 0 and oh-so-cool factor is lost.

Double-meh. Two mehs.

ClamX was cool in the days of OS X 10.4 when it was free and open. It was already obsolete, accomplished next to nothing, very crash-prone by the time 10.6 came around and it hasn't gotten better, but now they charge for it.

DriveDX does nothing unique, and it makes such big promises that it gives people a false sense of security.



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Re: apps mentioned
Posted by: space-time
Date: April 30, 2020 07:05AM
last timeI looked, DriveDX was $20 while SMART Utility was $40. Also it was not clear if SMART Utility was updated for Catalina.

if not DriveDX, then what?
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Re: apps mentioned
Posted by: STL
Date: April 30, 2020 07:17AM
I've had DriveDX for a year.
Use it.
Like it.
Recommend it.

Not meh
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Re: apps mentioned
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: April 30, 2020 07:06PM
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space-time
if not DriveDX, then what?

If you want a colorful GUI with lots of useless info and notifications to keep you up at night, there's always iStat Menus.

Free, run smartmontools with smartctl -a disk0s2 for a typical SATA boot drive.

Portability to run on client machines, use SMART Utility. Free trial.

Quick and easy at-a-glance, SMARTReporter.

You can also check the System Information panel or Disk Utility for a very basic SMART check, tho it's very conservative and may not report a fail-state until the drive is already misbehaving.

That's just off the top of my head. SMART utilities are a little more rare nowadays then they were just a couple of years ago, but there's still a pretty big field. DriveDX isn't bad, it's just not stand-out in the field and obsessively checking your drive's health is futile. It will inevitably die when least convenient.



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