Monitoring SSD drive health

; Date: Sun Nov 19 2017

Tags: Computer Hardware »»»» SSD Drives

SSD drives are awesome, they're fast, they consume little power, they're light weight, and so on. But we all worry about whether the drive will unexpectedly die, since a truism going around is that SSD drives will just up-and-quit taking your whole computer with it. It's useful, therefore, to have fore-warning by monitoring the health of your SSD drive. A key is to ensure your drive has the S.M.A.R.T. feature (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology). The next key is getting software that can query S.M.A.R.T. data, presenting it in a way that makes sense to you.

SSD Reporter telling me the disk on this laptop is 80% healthy. I don't know what to make of that since it sounds bleak, but the software says it's fine.

The SSD Reporter application for macOS will launch at login, and give a popup notification when the drive health decreases. I suppose this is meant to be helpful, but I actually find it distressing since the drive seems to lose 1% every few days.

See also:


Intel® Solid State Drive Toolbox (

SmartMonTools is open source software to monitor S.M.A.R.T. attributes (


Intel® Solid State Drive Data Center for SATA SMART Attributes contains all the low-level details of S.M.A.R.T. functions on SSD drives (

WikiPedia (

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( David Herron : David Herron is a writer and software engineer focusing on the wise use of technology. He is especially interested in clean energy technologies like solar power, wind power, and electric cars. David worked for nearly 30 years in Silicon Valley on software ranging from electronic mail systems, to video streaming, to the Java programming language, and has published several books on Node.js programming and electric vehicles.