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MacNN reviews Drive Genius 2.2

updated 05:15 pm EDT, Wed August 12, 2009

Drive Genius 2.2 review

MacNN has reviewed Drive Genius 2.2, rating the hard drive utility suite four stars out of five. The software features 12 modules, such as Repair, Defragment, Shred, Initialize and Integrity Check. The number of modules is described as a positive, along with better speed and ease-of-use than in previous versions. Problems are said to include difficulty unmounting non-startup drives, and a lack of online help.

Drive Genius 2.2 works with all versions of Mac OS X Tiger, Leopard and Snow Leopard. It is being sold for $100.

by MacNN Staff





  1. herojig

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This product is just bad

    Well, the reviewer had a problem doing something like format, that would be the first clue. The first clue I got was when during a repartition it trashed the whole drive. The differences between v2 and the version reviewed here are negligible. The defrag, which arguably is useless, takes forever and a day. There is nothing this product can do safely that applejack and/or disk warrior can do, and with those products it would be hard to ruin your drive and data. I would give it a one star!

  1. Mimi-mim

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Get DiskWarrior

    I have had both DiskWarrior and Drive Genius for a couple of years. I have noticed that DiskWarrior does a much better job of speeding up my Macs and fixing corruption.

    Drive Genius defragments files, whereas DiskWarrior defragments directories. And on Macs, it's directory fragmentation that affects performance most.

    I often defrag my files in Drive Genius, then run DiskWarrior to defrag the directories.

    My iMac drive had a deadly invalid sibling link error. Disk Utility and Drive Genius gagged at it. DiskWarrior fixed it perfectly in minutes without any complaint.

    Also, the interface for Drive Genius is worse than Microsoft Office. It's animated and has six big icons, and you have to go to the second screen to see the other six. It's really gimmicky and annoying, and you can't switch to a sane interface.

    Get both DiskWarrior and Drive Genius if you're a geek like me (buy DiskWarrior first though). If you only want one, DiskWarrior is the proven king of defrag and drive recovery, and you won't regret buying it.

  1. wintwh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    DiskWarrior and Drive Gen

    I heard that defragging on mac is not needed. Do you really see an improvement to justify a $100 app?

  1. Ramson-Jet

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bewaare of DG 2.2.1

    Defragging the HD resulted in an absolute crash of my machine (iMac 20' Intel 2,4 GHz 3GB RAM) - to the extent that the bloody DG itself did not see the drive among the startups after clicking 'quit DG'! Even good old Disk Warrior, that eventually thankfully "located" the ruined drive and started up my iMac, was unable to restore all damaged files completely (apps tended to 'quit unexpectedly'), and I spent quite a time to restore the losses from the Back Up with Time Machine.
    Although the 2.1.0 was much "kinder" towards my computer, I will never ever use the soft again - regardless of all the dithyrambs that are chanted by the "pros"...

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