Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2013 1:01 PM (in response to Flipsken)
Check out micromat Techtool, or Checkmate. CheckMate - Micromat
I used Techtool in the past, and it worked well.
These third party utility programs seem to be less and less relevant. My macs know how to keep themselves out of trouble these days. I just use disk utility if there's a problem, which is extremely rare.
If my drive is starting to fail, it's usually obvious. More important for me is to remember to do regular backups.
If you go to About this Mac in the Apple menu, and then choose More Info..., and then System Report..., this may give you the manufacturer info you are looking for.
I haven't made the jump to the Thunderbolt drives; I have a fantom greendrive and a LaCie that work fine.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2013 5:15 PM (in response to Flipsken)
I concur with Linc. So far all of the maintenance applications I have tested have been less then stellar. They either don't do what they claim they will or they go off and do dangerous things without even the least bit of warning they are going to do it.
My suggestion avoid them at all costs.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 7, 2013 7:29 AM (in response to Allan Eckert)
Thaniks for your inputs...
So basically I should just sit and wait until a HDD dies at some point (of course I will have 1 or more backups of important files).
But still, for a peace of mind, I like to run some test tool from time to time, which would give some indication of what's going on.
Also on this forum I read a lot about maintenance tools in general for OSX and whether or not ther are needed. Most claim they are not, and OSX (in my case Mountain Lion) does everything itself behind the scenes.
So no need for utilities, disk fragmentation, disk checks, ..."it just works" - as Steve used to say ?? ;-)
My apologies but I'm coming from the PC world where these kind of tools are indispensible for keeping your pc more or less working (like a car mechanic). ... one of the reasons I switched to MAC
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 7, 2013 8:16 AM (in response to Flipsken)
There are articles to be found at reliable Mac sites which will state pretty much the same things. Linc has consolidated the opinions of such sites, his opinions, and the opinions of many other experienced Mac users who can pretty much all agree with everything he listed.
Like all users, you can of course ignore, or disagree with parts of, or all of his info. But overall, it's accurate. The only exception I can think of is the disk utility app, DiskWarrior. That one is truly useful for fixing almost any drive with mild to severe file table damage. It's not something you would run as a maintenance tool, but can really save your bacon when used when necessary.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 8, 2013 3:21 AM (in response to Linc Davis)
thanks a lot
I'll continue by this info then.
Just for my own peace of mind, I ran some checks with the proposed ClamxAV scanner yesterday and no virusses or malware found.
Tool works very well. For the rest, apart from making redundant backups, I will not use any of the crapware ;-)