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SoftRAID Monitor Features

Disks and volumes are constantly checked for errors

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.

Even when you're logged in and working, the SoftRAID Monitor uses very little memory and almost no CPU time. So it won't interrupt your work; you won't even notice it's running.

SoftRAID Monitor alerts you to any problems

If there's a problem with any of your disks or volumes, SoftRAID Monitor alerts you immediately by:

  • changing the color of the indicator in the menu bar—a quick glance at your menu bar will tell you if you have disk problems (see menu bar warning icons diagram)
  • putting up a dialog box to get your attention
  • writing an entry in the SoftRAID log file so you can go back later and see what happened.
  • sending you an email alert (if you have the full version of SoftRAID). Find out more

Find out if disks are about to fail

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.

Know if you have worn out memory in SSDs

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.

USING DISK SMART STATUS FOR BETTER PREDICTION

SMART over USB icon

The SoftRAID Monitor watches the SMART status of disks

Monitoring your disk's SMART status allows SoftRAID Monitor to predict disk failure more accurately, even over USB and FireWire connections

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.

Be warned of problems via email1

SoftRAID Monitor can send you an email warning anytime it finds a problem with one of your disks or volumes

Please note: this email feature is only available with the full version of SoftRAID.

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.

SoftRAID Monitor email configuration

Configuring SoftRAID Monitor's email alerts


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…