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TOPIC: Drive Scope use with external drives

Drive Scope use with external drives 28 Aug 2017 18:27 #8508

I purchased Drive Scope and I am trying to get it to read my external usb and firewire drives. I am using os 10.11 El Capitan. I have attempted to use the website in the manual to install driver for that purpose, but I am confused by the website as to which driver to download and how to install it. I have downloaded a driver but cannot achieve any reading of external drives. Does Micromat plan on any updates to simplify this process and allow use of new Drive Scope by us non-techs?
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Drive Scope use with external drives 28 Aug 2017 18:58 #8509

As the Drive Scope manual suggests, if one of the drivers does not work, try a different one. None of my external G-Technology drives provide SMART data with any of the drivers.

The page at <<github.com/kasbert/OS-X-SAT-SMART-Driver>> has instructions for both installing and removing the drivers. The commands given for removal should be run in Terminal, located in /Applications/Utilities:

Install
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* Unmount external drives
* Use the dmg image and the installer
* Check DiskUtility. The disks should have "S.M.A.R.T. Status: Verified"


Uninstall
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* Remove driver and plugin
sudo rm -r /System/Library/Extensions/SATSMARTDriver.kext
sudo rm -r /System/Library/Extensions/SATSMARTLib.plugin
sudo rm -r /Library/Extensions/SATSMARTDriver.kext
sudo rm -r /Library/Extensions/SATSMARTLib.plugin
* Reboot


There is a list of supported drives linked on the same page. It is important to note the requirements for the drive:

OS X SAT SMART Driver
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This is a kernel driver for Mac OS X external USB or FireWire drives.
It extends the standard driver behaviour by providing access to drive
SMART data. The interface to SMART data is same as with ATA family
driver, so most existing applications should work.

The driver requires a SAT (SCSI ATA Translation) capable external
drive enclosure. Check smartmontools list for supported devices:
smartmontools.org/wiki/Supported_USB-Devices
If the Option column contains sat or jmicron, the driver should work.
The driver should work with Snow Leopard and Lion and Mountain Lion.
People have reported problems with Lion and Encrypted volumes.
Some enclosures are reported to work with FireWire but not with USB.
The driver is not compatible to WD Drive Manager, or enclosures
with custom kernel extensions.
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Last Edit: 01 Sep 2017 03:19 by micromattech3.
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Drive Scope use with external drives 29 Aug 2017 00:07 #8522

A future update to Drive Scope will have an installer and remover for the driver in one of the menus.
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Drive Scope use with external drives 29 Aug 2017 00:14 #8523

If a driver does not work with a FireWire connection, reboot and connect with USB. If that works, then the drive may work later with a FireWire connection.
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Last Edit: 29 Aug 2017 00:14 by micromattech3.
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Drive Scope use with external drives 31 Aug 2017 22:55 #8529

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Drive Scope 1.0.2 Release Notes

New features in the SMART 1.0.2 update include:

• Added option to install code signed SAT SMART Driver, enabling support for SMART-supported external USB and FireWire drives.
• Fix for ‘Time to Complete’ field being editable in the Self-Test category.
• Fixed Drive Scope Uninstaller application for OS X 10.9.5 or earlier users.
• Updates to the Drive Scope PDF manual.
• Other improvements and enhancements.
MicroMat Inc
Makers of TechTool
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