updated 09:20 am EDT, Wed September 13, 2006
TechTool Protege updated
Micromat today announced the release of updates for both TechTool Protege, its bootable FireWire flash drive that contains both TechTool Pro 4 and DiskStudio as well as DiskStudio, its disk partitioning utility). These updates provide Universal Binary support for both products for native operation on both Intel or PowerPC-based Macs. According to the company, all of the features that were previously available for PowerPC-based Macs will now be available for Intel-based Macs as well. "Unlike most application software, utilities require more than a simple re-compile of the program to support the Intel-based Macs. Because utilities work with the computer hardware at the lowest levels, it was necessary for Micromat to completely re-engineer the software from the ground up," the company said. Users must be running Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) to run the Universal Binary version.
TechTool Protege ($230) is a compact, bootable diagnostic and repair tool. It contains the full-featured Macintosh troubleshooting program TechTool Pro, Micromat's disk partitioning program DiskStudio, as well as several other utilities on a compact, one gigabyte FireWire flash drive. TechTool Protege is able to diagnose Macintosh hardware; diagnose and repair hard drive problems; optimize and defragment hard drive volumes; rebuild volume directories; recover data from damaged volume; repartition hard drives without losing data; and more.
To provide native Intel support for TechTool Protege, Micromat designed a new utility called Protege Manager. This utility allows the user to easily set up the TechTool Protege flash drive for use on either a PowerPC or Intel-based Mac as desired. Protege Manager will ship on a CD. Current owners of TechTool Protege may purchase the TechTool Protege CD Update from Micromat for $25.
DiskStudio ($50) allows a user to change the partitioning of a hard drive on-the-fly--without reinitializing the drive. In addition to Universal Binary support, the updated version of DiskStudio adds support for the new GUID partitioning scheme for Intel-based Macs and also adds support for the Master Boot Record partitioning scheme for DOS. It now includes the ability to identify NTFS volumes as well.
Using DiskStudio users can new partitions to a hard disk without the need to reformat; delete partitions previously created by DiskStudio or Apple's Disk Utility; erase and reformat existing partitions in a number of standard formats; and completely erase and repartition an entire hard disk.
DiskStudio ships on media capable of booting both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs. The company said that the system components needed to boot both platforms are too large to fit on a CD, ad thus the program will ship on a DVD. The DVD will automatically boot the correct system version needed for the host computer. A DVD update will be available to current owners of DiskStudio for $25.