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DiskWarrior 4

#1 User is offline   MW Forums 

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 09:10 AM

Few utilities are as important and as reliable as DiskWarrior 4. Throughout many years, this program has showed its value as a data and bacon saver, and this new version continues to provide essential maintenance and repair features. more
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Posted 02 February 2007 - 12:23 PM

"saved my bacon" on an OS X upgrade long ago
I just keep it up to date and around as an insurance.
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Posted 02 February 2007 - 12:26 PM

Thanks - I've been waiting months for this review! Now I feel comfortable upgrading from v3.
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Posted 02 February 2007 - 12:30 PM

Same here. I have been waiting for the uh-oh stories, but have not heard boo.
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Posted 02 February 2007 - 12:35 PM

DiskWarrior is great. Version 4.0 seems so stable that not even 4.01 has been required after almost two months of release!
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Posted 02 February 2007 - 12:39 PM

DiskWarrior is the essential Mac utility. I've used every version of DiskWarrior 1,000's of times to fix and maintain hard drives. It has never failed. It has recovered drives that appeared to unrecoverable. There is no Mac application that I recommend more highly.
I've used DiskWarrior 4 from the day it became available. It has performed flawlessly. It is substantially faster and appears to find a few more directory issues.
Will Mayall
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Posted 02 February 2007 - 12:56 PM

Drive Genius has repaired disks that Disk Warrior cannot fix. And it's also a lot faster.
On top of that it also has a lot of other cool features including the ability to join partitions without the need for reformatting.
http://www.prosoften.../products/drive[/u]genius_info.php
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Posted 02 February 2007 - 01:08 PM

Is there a nice application to compliment Disk Warrior that does disk defragmentation?
Apparently, Drive Genius was reviewed a couple years ago http://www.macworld..../index.php?pf=1
I am interested to see a head-to-head comparison between the current version of DG and DW. I have never had a problem with DW, but if DG offers the same capabilities of DW plus disk defrag, I may make the switch, because I really need a rock-solid defrag utility.
cheers!
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Posted 02 February 2007 - 01:19 PM

Drive Genius can defragment.
http://www.prosofteng.com/products/DG[/u]comp_doc.pdf
However, these days defragging isn't so necessary, as drives are larger, and when files are changed they are less likely to have changes appended, but instead have new files created from scratch in a free area of the drive.
Also 10.3 and up automatically defragment files under 20MB.
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Posted 02 February 2007 - 01:33 PM

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Few utilities are as important and as reliable as DiskWarrior 4. Throughout many years, this program has showed its value as a data and bacon saver, and this new version continues to provide essential maintenance and repair features. <a href="/2007/02/reviews/diskwarrior4/index.php">[more]</a>



Totally agree, this is a great tool and well worth the money!
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Posted 02 February 2007 - 01:40 PM

Thanks DiskWarrior,
You save my ass not long ago.
Worth every penny. Keep the good job.
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Posted 02 February 2007 - 02:04 PM

There are two really important aspects for this DW release:
1. It's Intel-compatible (verified on my MacBook Pro :-)
2. It'll run on Mac OS X (software) RAID volumes. This was a huge problem with the 3.0.x. On both my G4/933 and G5/2dp, I'm running multiple RAID Mirrored volumes. (Each box has 4 drives, RAID Mirrored Paired). DW 3.0.3 wouldn't even start properly on those machines.
(If you have a desktop and haven't considered RAID Mirrored, it's really worth thinking about. The only problem is that you have to back up your existing volume to RAID Mirror it with another.)
I'm -super happy- with this, and glad to be able to use DW on all my machines again.
dave
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Posted 02 February 2007 - 02:12 PM

How often do we see so many kudos posts for a software review? I recall Transmit had nothing but good things to say. Can anyone remember others?
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Posted 02 February 2007 - 02:26 PM

If you are going to set up a RAID mirror to run your Mac from I would highly recommend using SOFTRaid rather than Apple's Disk Utility to set it up as it's a lot more reliable and flexible.
www.softraid.com
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