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TechTool Protogo easily lets you turn your USB or Firewire device into a bootable, diagnostics toolkit for Mac.

You can take it with you. Using Protogo, you can easily turn a USB or FireWire device, such as an iPod, flash drive, compact hard drive, or SD Card, into a powerful toolkit to troubleshoot all of the Macs in your life. Now you can boot, run diagnostics and perform drive repair on multiple Macs, both Intel and PPC, from a single, portable device as small as a flash drive. Just drop it into your pocket, take it anywhere. How convenient.

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What's New

Version 4.0.3:
  • Now includes TechTool Pro 7.0.4.
  • Other enhancements and fixes.


OS X 10.6 or later

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Seedy Member IconComment+21

Since it's on sale for the same as TTP, for 25 bucks, I decided to try it.

Observations before even using it:

-Won't install on a partition so I can use the rest of a USB stick for something else. Have a 32GB one here, made a 10GB partition for it, but it won't see partitions, only devices, so I'm letting it chew up all 32GB to test it. This is one sign that it might not be meant for techs, who might want another bootable partition with a different OS and set of tools on the same drive.

-If I try to add Disk Warrior to the app list, it crashes. :^)

-The web page is pretty sparse on factual info, so it might be helpful to know that, once installed, TTP app is in its own folder separately for use, not only as part of Protogo. IOW, you get TTP 7 and the extra money (normally) for PTG is for the convenience of making a diagnostic disk.

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Version 4.0.3

I should add that obviously one can make a dmg of whatever PTG comes up with, rewipe the USB stick and put the PTG stuff on a partition manually, have yet to see if that will work.

Nothinggoes Member IconComment+1

No download links work, just takes you in a big circle. Even the developers page has a "Downloads" but nothing to download. Very stupid indeed.

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Version 4.0.3
Micromat, Inc. (Developer)

Sorry for any confusion. A link can be obtained by logging in to your account at micromat.com. A download link will be available under Available Downloads if you purchased or registered your serial number with us.

Bobbistyle Member IconReview+11

TOOO much money!
Google OS X USB drive and follow some tips on how to revue your drives FREE! U cannot defray them but at least you can rescue them! This should be included FREE for us TechTool owners!
No wonder people pirate stuff!
Cheaper price = sales
Bundled with main product = LOYAL happy clients!
There are lots of other products out doing the same for way less, time to change or make a dinner reservation with the Dodo...

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Version 4.0.2
Micromat, Inc. (Developer)

Sorry for any confusion, but as it turns out, Protogo does include TechTool Pro, so while it's not free, it is quite economical when you consider that TechTool Pro 7 ($99.99) is included in the Protogo 4 price ($129.99). Hopefully this helps.

Micromat, Inc. (Developer)

Forgot to mention, if you have a previous version of TechTool Pro or Protogo, upgrade pricing is available. You may contact sales @ micromat.com if you have questions about pricing.


Just install OS X on a USB drive, then install TechTool Pro on the volume, along with whatever other recovery utilities you have.

Protogo is a strange product. An extra $30 for something that can be done with the standard TechTool Pro? The standard TechTool Pro should come with instructions on how to make your own recovery drive. Micromat are abusing their loyal customers.

B. Jefferson Le Blanc Member IconComment+650
B. Jefferson Le Blanc

Be aware that this version of TechTool Protogo does not include the latest TechTool Pro, wish is version 7.0.2 - a substantial upgrade to TechTool Pro 6.x. So you'll probably have to pay for an upgrade again when Protogo gets version 7.x.

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Version 3.0.4

Version 4 (the very latest) does include TechTool Pro 7.

B. Jefferson Le Blanc

The version listed when I made my post was not version 4. It has since been updated.

Pixelated Member IconReview+18

The Software is great for the price I paid, some 39 Dollars.

I have had the chance to use the software from work and took the opportunity to purchase it, as it's a great little addition to the First Aid kit, one of those software pieces, you know your going to need, not every day, but when you, need it, it's always useful.

I think the ease of use is also worth the money, it's stable, and so far has never let me down, I also built, my own Crash USB Kit, with other pieces of software I might need, very handy.

if you have a version of TechTools, the upgrade path for this software is also very good

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Version 3.0
seacliff Member IconComment+2

Everything posted here is old and a disservice to readers.

MacUpdate should post the new version information for Protogo 3.0, which includes TechTool Pro 6 ($99.99), thats why Protogo pricing is higher. Protogo upgrades are as low as $39.99.

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Version 3.0
velgor242 Member IconComment+49

Why would anyone pay $135 for this? I purchased a $25 micro USB hard drive and installed Leopard onto it with all my utilities. New Mac? No problem, just update to the latest OS. Micromat is nuts.

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Version 2.0.1
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Version 3.0.3
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Version 3.0
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Current Version (4.x)


Downloads 11,909
Version Downloads 893
Type Utilities / System
License Updater
Date 28 May 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $129.99