Article ID: 000059196 Content Type: Maintenance & Performance Last Reviewed: 08/28/2023

How to Get the SSD SMART Attributes in Mac* Systems


Intel® Drives MacOS* Systems

Mac OS*


Steps to get the SMART attributes of the SSD in Mac* systems


Unable to know the status for the SSD.

  • For Windows* and Linux* OS, use the Intel® Memory and Storage (intel® MAS)Tool to get the SMART attributes from the SSD. Learn more in Overview for Intel® Solid State Drive Tools.
  • MacOS* is not supported by the Intel® Memory and Storage Tool. The steps below are offered to help users to retrieve the SMART attributes of their Intel® drives and evaluate the SSD status.


Getting the SMART attributes from Command Line Interface (CLI)

NoteMake sure the open source tool smartmontools is installed in your system. It can be downloaded here
  1. Open the terminal.
  2. Run the command diskutil list to see all drives in the system. Take note of the index of the desired drive to check the SMART attributes.
  3. Run the command: smartctl -a /dev/disk0
    • Make sure to select the correct disk index when running the command. In the above example disk0 was used.
    • Other variants of this command could be sudo /usr/local/sbin/smartctl -a /dev/disk0 or sudo smartctl -a /dev/disk0

The SMART attributes and other drive’s details will be displayed in the terminal screen.


Getting the SMART status from the MacOS* Graphical User Interface (GUI)

  1. Click the Apple icon in the menu bar.
  2. Click About This Mac in the drop-down menu.
  3. Click System Report in the pop-up window.
  4. Locate and select SATA/SATA Express in the hardware menu.
  5. Locate the SMART Status in the hard drive feature list. The status will read either Verified or Failing.
    • If the status shows Verified the drive is working properly. If the status shows Failing then it may need to be replaced.
    • The failing status can mean the SSD is faulty or files on the drive are corrupted.


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