Apple Mac Repairs and Support
Apple Utilities, The First Step
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Recommended Programs and Tools for Apple Mac repairs
General Disk Maintenance and Basic Repair
For basic hard drive checks and repair, the closest equivalent today to the power and simplicity of the original Norton Disk Doctor is Alsoft's Disk Warrior. Disk Warrior primarily does one thing and does it very well: it repairs disk directories.
All the cryptic and confusing errors Apple's Disk Utility has problems with, Disk Warrior fixes with flying colors. Your disk's directory is similar to a table of contents crossed with an index, and when it gets confused (usually due to program crashes or improper machine shutdowns), Disk Warrior rebuilds (instead of repairs) the directory, allowing the computer to operate normally.
Disk Warrior should be a part of any basic troubleshooting routine and I always run it before any system updates. It's my most trusted and relied upon Mac Utility.
If you want to go the do-it-yourself route, my first choice is Stellar Phoenix. The program is extremely powerful and deals best with volumes that won't mount on your Mac. It pushes right through read errors and recovers data that other programs can't find. Some recovery applications may give up if they encounter excessive read errors, which are common on dying hard drives, but Stellar Phoenix will keep trying until it recovers whatever data it can.
At the first sign of disk failure, you need to consider whether or not you'll be sending the drive off for forensic-style data recovery from other specialised data recovery company's. If you think you'll be using professionals, then stop all recovery efforts and call them right away. Although these services often cost thousands of dollars, sometimes it could be covered by insurance.
TechTool Pro Micromat goes way beyond the AHT, doing more extensive testing of your memory, hard drive, audio and video. Apple includes a limited version of TechTool called TechTool Deluxe with the purchase of AppleCare that provides a limited subset of the full version's hardware tests.
A unique part of TechTool is the - eDrive - feature, which creates a bootable partition on your current hard drive in order to run its utilities in case of emergency. More technical users probably would be more comfortable using an external hard drive, but rest of us will find this eDrive very useful for basic maintenance and testing. eDrive and most of TechTool's other hard drive tools aren't included with TechTool Deluxe, representing the major difference between it and the full Pro product.
Hard Drive Optimization
Drive Genius by Prosoft Engineering, has a comprehensive suite of hard drive utilities attractively packaged with a easy-to-use interface that lets you tweak every possible byte of performance from your storage device.
Drive Genius includes not only those functions covered by Disk Utility such as secure erasure, initialization and partitioning, but also adds a slew of maintenance and optimization routines. For those using a smaller hard drive, their proprietary DriveSlim algorithms removes unnecessary files to add space.
Although not necessary for the average user, Drive Genius also includes a defragmentation option, along with advanced functions for sector editing, benchmarking, cloning and an early warning system for potential problems called "Drive Pulse". Drive Genius is used by Apple's own Genius staff for yearly checkups. I recommend Drive Genius for more experienced users and geeks who want to really explore their hard drive.
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