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Alsoft releases DiskWarrior 4 for Intel Macs

updated 02:40 pm EST, Wed December 6, 2006

DiskWarrior 4 ships

Alsoft today released DiskWarrior 4, enhancing the software designed to maintain, repair, and recover Mac disks on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs. DiskWarrior 4 runs natively on Intel-based Macs as a Universal Binary and repairs invalid file permissions. The update includes an additional suite of file and folder tests to discover problems early, and identifies corrupted Preference (.plist) files. Users cam recover more data from drives with hardware malfunctions using the latest revision of DiskWarrior, according to Alsoft, and the application can repair as well as rebuild FileVaults. DiskWarrior 4 provides full support for case-sensitive file names, repairs and rebuilds Attribute B-trees, and repairs Access Control Lists (ACLs). DiskWarrior 4 is available for $100 to new users and $50 for upgrading license holders. The software requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.




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  1. l008com

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Geez

    Tool long enough. Long enough for me to find out that Tech Tool does so much more.

  1. leamanc

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    TechTool

    TechTool may do more, but I don't trust it. They just seem to think today's Macs are like the old ones. Kind of like running Norton Utilities on your OS X box...scary!

    Disk Warrior's scope may be limited, but what it does, it does very well. The only tool besides fsck/Disk Utility that I would trust to fix my Mac.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    unbelievable.

    I never thought I would live to see the day that Alsoft actually updates Disk Warrior. Wonders do happen.

  1. zac4mac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Been using DW for a while

    Glad they got an Intel/UB out, I'll have a lot more confidence than running v3. TT is only good for some hardware tests and optimizing, don't trust your file structures to anything but Disk Warrior. They'll be getting my 50 bucks straight away.

    Z

  1. csimon2

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    better late than never

    Like it or not, DW is really the only tool that can reliably be trusted to repair damaged file trees and disk structures. In fact, I used DW 3 to fix a drive just two nights ago. TechTool is great when it comes to diagnosis, but is useless when it comes to actual repair. Ever since OS X 10.2, I have said every mac owner should own at least two pieces of utility software, DW and Prosoft Data Rescue. DW to repair, DR to reclaim from a blown drive.

  1. gskibum3

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    TechTool?

    TechTool is a joke. Eye candy & useless features like optimization and an horrible interface that runs away with diagnosis and repair. I want my repair attempts to happen in a controlled manner. The TechTool interface is hardly what I would call controlled. When fsck fails, DiskWarrior is all that I will trust.

  1. bhuot

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    ready for Intel

    This was the last piece of software I was waiting for to be ready to switch to an Intel Mac. This is one of the few pieces of commercial software I actually use.

  1. poolmouse

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    all others are a joke

    diskwarrior does the few tasks it's designed to do WELL. marketing hype aside, the others (techtool, etc.) are, as others have stated, eye candy. seasoned pros will tell you...

    1. reboot holding shift key, reboot again (runs fsck, flushes caches, etc.), if that doesn't work... 2. reboot into single user mode and run applejack, if that doesn't work... 3. run diskwarrior, if that doesn't work... 4. wipe/reinstall/restore

    don montalvo, nyc curmudgeon at large

  1. webraider

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Drive Genuis Anyone????

    We have so many die hard fans but I used Drive Genius from Prosoft and It does an excellent job. also includes tha wonderful but forgotten Disk Degragmenter. I think this is the Norton Utilities of the Day (That is the Back in the early '90's Norton Utilities)

  1. notehead

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I trust the experts...

    And, like many of you, the experts that I know agree that DiskWarrior does what it does much better than TechTool. Also, Micromat has this really irritating tendency of trying to charge you for nearly every little incremental update, until enough users complain. (Witness 4.5.3.) I was getting pretty frustrated waiting for DiskWarrior to get Intel-ified, especially since Alsoft STILL has their ad in the magazines proudly claiming "DiskWarrior is now OS X native!" Geez, what a headsmacker. Anyway, I concur that this is well worth the money.

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