Granite Digital, a manufacturer of FireWire storage solutions, is releasing a free preview edition of its SMARTVue lite application for Mac OS X, a suite of hard disk utilities.
Granite Digital plans on releasing two versions of SMARTVue, SMARTVue pro and SMARTVue lite. SMARTVue pro will include tools for interacting with the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) features of modern hard disks, tools for benchmarking and testing hard disks, and tools for configuring custom capabilities found only in Granite Digital FireWire storage products. SMARTVue lite will be distributed as freeware and will include only a subset of the hard disk benchmarking and data integrity testing features of SMARTVue pro.
The free preview edition is now available for download. Granite SMART Drive products include the Granite SMART Hot-Swap system and the Granite SMART Drive external FireWire enclosure. Granite SMART products incorporate built-in LCD+keypad interfaces through which the user can monitor the performance and reliability of the hard disk.