Want to know if there's a problem with one of your disks or volumes? Just check the SoftRAID Monitor in your menu bar.
SoftRAID Monitor icon in menu bar
A blue indicator tells you that there are no problems with any of your SoftRAID disks or volumes.
A yellow indicator tells you that one of your SoftRAID volumes is degraded. You are no longer protected from disk failure.
A red indicator tells you that one of your SoftRAID disks must be replaced immediately.
The SoftRAID Monitor is always running in the background watching your disks and volumes for errors. It even runs when you're not logged into your Mac. This makes it ideal for use on servers.
The SoftRAID Monitor uses very little memory and almost no CPU time. It won't get in your way while you're working.
The SoftRAID Monitor is always watching for disk and volume errors. When it sees one, it changes the color of the indicator in the menu bar and puts up a dialog to get your attention. It also writes an entry in the SoftRAID log file so you can go back later and see what happened.
The SoftRAID Monitor can even send you email when there's an error.1 This is great if you're a consultant and have servers or Macs which you've set up for clients. You can know that there's a problem with a client's Mac before they do.
The SoftRAID Monitor checks the SMART status of each disk once every 24 hours.2 If any disk fails the SMART test, it will change the color of the indicator in the menu bar and put up a dialog to get your attention.
Unlike other SMART monitoring utilities, the SoftRAID Monitor is suitable for servers because it runs even when you're not logged into your Mac.
The SoftRAID Monitor uses SMART to watch the internal error counters for each disk.2 If these error counters indicate that a disk is more likely to fail, the SoftRAID Monitor will change the color of the indicator in the menu bar and put up a dialog to get your attention.
While testing disks in the SoftRAID Lab, we find that the SoftRAID Monitor correctly predicts that a disk will fail more than 50% of the time. The warning usually comes 1-4 weeks before the disk fails completely.
The SoftRAID Monitor watches the flash memory in each SSD (Solid State Disk).2,3 Each block in a flash memory chip can only be written 1,000 - 10,000 times before it is worn out. The SoftRAID Monitor checks each SSD every 24 hours to see if its flash memory is worn out.
When an SSD has used up 90% of the life of its flash memory, the SoftRAID Monitor will start warning you every 24 hours. When it has used up 99% of the life, the SoftRAID Monitor tells you to replace the SSD immediately.
If you have the full version of SoftRAID, you can set up SoftRAID's Monitor to send out an email warning anytime it finds a problem with one of your disks or volumes. The email can be sent to any number of email addresses, and, unlike other utilities, the SoftRAID Monitor does not use Apple's Mail program. You don't even have to be logged in for the SoftRAID Monitor to send out an email—making it ideal for any servers you need to keep track of.
The email system built into the SoftRAID Monitor is robust and easy to configure. For most popular email services, you simply select the type of service and enter your username and password. SoftRAID will automatically configure all other settings.
There is also a button which tells the SoftRAID Monitor to send out a test email. This lets you know that the SoftRAID Monitor can reach you via email.
You can even set up the SoftRAID Monitor to use two separate email accounts. If the server for the first account is down, the SoftRAID Monitor will automatically use the second one.
1. Not available with SoftRAID Lite. back…
2. These features require disks which support SMART. They are not available on disks connected via USB or FireWire and may not be available if a disk is connected via some third party interface cards. back…
3. This feature is not supported by SSDs shipped by Apple. back…