updated 08:20 pm EST, Thu March 10, 2011
Volume Cloning, SSD support added, more
Micromat has unveiled a new version of their popular hard-drive maintenance tool, TechTool Pro. The new version 6 improves the program's ability to operate in emergency situations, particular in reducing its eDrive technology's dependence the Apple-supplied startup DVDs with various models. New features include Volume Cloning and a Local Network Tool, as well switching to a default Family Pack license that can be installed on up to three CPUs while keeping the previous version pricing.
TechTool Pro has featured a technology called eDrive that allows users to create an emergency start-up volume, but v6 can now create the emergency partition on the active hard drive, reducing the need to use a boot DVD for most users. Further, users no longer have to burn an eDrive on a secondary source in order to repair the active drive (though this practice is still recommended, particularly in the case of a failing or partially-failed hard drive). An Apple boot disk is no longer required in order to update the software.
The new version also features a cloning tool, called Volume Cloning, to create an exact bootable duplicate of volumes to external hard drives, or to a non-bootable disk image (.dmg) file to speed recovery, or for archiving purposes. A new Local Network Tool shows all active services and ports on both the local Mac and Bonjour-supported devices on the local network. This can be used for security analysis, and can through its device history feature can even track machines that were in use but aren't currently available.
TechTool Pro 6 now requires a PowerPC G4 or higher (or Intel) processor running at least Mac OS X 10.4.9 (10.5 or higher needed for eDrive creation on the active startup volume). Localized versions of TechTool Pro are available in Japanese, French, German, Italian and Chinese.The software is available either through Mac retailers or via direct download, and costs $100. Upgrades (including upgrading the license to the 3-CPU Family Pack) from any previous version of TechTool Pro, TechTool Deluxe or TechTool Platinum costs $40.