DrivePulse is a convenient tool within the award-winning Drive Genius 3 software that monitors the overall health of your Mac hard drives by alerting you to possible issues before they become major problems. Mac OS X does not include any utility to do this, so DrivePulse is a valuable tool to protect and monitor the health of your hard drives.
How does DrivePulse work?
DrivePulse monitors the health of your internal or external hard drives daily when your computer is idle for five minutes to check for errors, fragmentation, or bad blocks.
How do I use DrivePulse?
After installing Drive Genius 3, you just need to enable the DrivePulse feature. From there you will see the DrivePulse icon (the rectangle highlighted below) now located in the top right section of your toolbar.
You can conveniently open and access all the drives you connect to your computer as well as the settings and preferences from this icon on your toolbar (no need to open the full Drive Genius 3 application).
What kind of problems does DrivePulse look for?
DrivePulse performs a scan on a disk to search for bad blocks on the hard drive ensuring the physical integrity of the device. DrivePulse is scheduled to scan once a week, which takes about an hour to complete and will pause its progress when the computer is active again.
Volume consistency problems
DrivePulse performs a “verify” on the volume to assess the integrity of the catalog and directory structures. DrivePulse is scheduled to perform a volume verification once a day, which only takes about two minutes to complete.
DrivePulse scans the volume catalog and its files to determine the amount of fragmentation. DrivePulse is scheduled to check the fragmentation status once a week, which only takes about 10 seconds to complete.