DiskWarrior
DiskWarrior
5.2

3.5

DiskWarrior free download for Mac

DiskWarrior

5.2
05 October 2018

Popular and powerful disk utility.

Overview

DiskWarrior is the essential Mac disk utility.

Everything just disappeared after your Mac went haywire. All your work documents. The music you most enjoy. The movie of your kid's first steps. It's your life and it's gone. Don't panic! DiskWarrior will find your documents, photos, music and any other files when disaster strikes and things go missing.

Perhaps you've tried to open a document and all that happens is a color wheel that spins and spins and spins? Or when your Mac starts up, all you get is a blinking question mark? Or you were in the middle of editing a movie and now your external hard disk isn't on the desktop? Or your MP3s won't play... Or every time you look through your photos, your Mac crashes. DiskWarrior gets you back up and running fast!

  • DiskWarrior repairs disks no other utility program can repair: DiskWarrior can find your missing documents and files. Using a patent-pending, award-winning method of rebuilding directories.
  • Just one click finds everything that's missing or broken. With a single click, DiskWarrior finds all salvageable files and folders and builds a new error-free, optimized directory for you to use.
  • You can easily check if your missing documents and items have been recovered. DiskWarrior's preview feature lets you see how your disk will appear after it is repaired, but before any changes are made. You can even compare your disk in its damaged state to its repaired state.
  • DiskWarrior is incredibly safe to use. DiskWarrior verifies your repaired directory to ensure it is error free. It then uses a fail-safe method of replacing the damaged directory to ensure that interruptions such as power outages won't harm your data.

What's new in DiskWarrior

Version 5.2:
  • DiskWarrior 5.2 and DiskWarrior Recovery Maker 1.3 for Enhanced Compatibility with macOS 10.14

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Sydricsrt4
09 December 2014

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$119.95??????????
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Version 5.0
NedC
21 July 2019
So if I interpret to what you say , Apple has found a way to protect its users for others to corrupt the OS.? I guess this is the price us users had to pay
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Version 5.2
2 answer(s)
Alastairh
Alastairh
21 July 2019
This shouldn't be a review. It's presumably supposed to be a reply to my comment?

In which case, no, users didn't have to pay this price, and neither did Alsoft, Coriolis or Micromat. I can't speak for the others, but I know Apple historically issued me a *special* developer certificate with some extra flags in it that let me do one or two things that normal developer certificate holders can't do. There's really no reason it couldn't have added facilities to SIP to allow non-Apple-signed binaries with a special flag in their signature to have similar access to Apple-signed software like Disk Utility. It just didn't do that.

There's also no good excuse for shipping APFS nearly a year before publishing any kind of documentation for it, and then presenting us with essentially a reformatted dump of a header file or two.

Nor is there any good excuse for keeping trustworthy utility vendors out of the App Store, particularly given that there are phoney disk utility products near the top of the paid chart half the time.
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NedC
NedC
21 July 2019
Your do right I stand corrected. But I spent good money for something that I can’t use now and again the customer is stuck in the middle.
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Alastairh
21 July 2019
People need to understand that the problems with disk utility software on newer macOS versions are caused by decisions made inside Apple, not least the decision to ship a new file system that is still, AFAIK, not properly documented. I used to run Coriolis Systems (now sadly gone), and it pains me to see that Alsoft is still stuck in the mess I was in before I decided to call it a day. Someone said Micromat has APFS support, but I think I’m right in saying that they just run Apple’s fsck tool in the APFS case (apologies to Micromat if I’ve misunderstood and they’re doing more than that). DiskWarrior clearly can’t do that - it’s entire reason for existing is that it was way better than anything that came with the machine. Anyway, while it’s reasonable to wish for a new version with APFS support and without all the problems cause by SIP, it’s really unfair to blame Alsoft for any of this. The blame lies with Apple, who don’t currently seem very keen on third party disk utilities, even from vendors who have proved themselves trustworthy over the years since Mac OS X first shipped.
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Version 5.2
felipey
10 May 2019
Deceptive company that does not stand by its products.
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Version 5.2
1 answer(s)
Alastairh
Alastairh
21 July 2019
Unfair. See my comment above.
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john-manuelrhodes
30 April 2019
Does anyone know when Alsoft are going to come out with a major update to DiskWarrior? Seems to me that it's now been so long that Mojave's been out with no new version of DW to work with it, that surely the company must be in trouble. Up until I upgraded to Mojave last year I'd always run DW about once a month and it never failed to keep my Mac in tiptop running order. I've now been without DW for so long that it's starting to look as if they're just never going to release DW 6. I'm regularly checking Alsoft's website, but it never changes, 5.2 being the latest version. They must be losing a great deal of revenue with Mac having been on Mojave for such a long time now, and a version of DW not to have been released that can rebuild it. I'm loathe to shell out for something like Techtool Pro, if I go and do so only to see a new DW come out the day after.
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Version 5.2
2 answer(s)
felipey
felipey
10 May 2019
I would go with an alternative. If or when it does come out, it might not work as intended and their customer service will not help you and turn around and blame you.
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The-Crow
The-Crow
08 September 2019
felipey has no idea what he's talking about. DiskWarrior has been around a long time, and has saved a LOT of Mac users' rear ends. It is a fantastic product that is sorely missed right now. I appreciate Alastairh's replies and clarification here on the board. I do wish however, that we could have some regular feedback about timelines, progress, etc.
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Version 5.2
Brooklyn-Al
18 April 2019
Does DW still not support APFS?
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Version 5.2
1 answer(s)
felipey
felipey
10 May 2019
No, and their customer service is terrible. Save your money and use another program.
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hpotzus-1
25 March 2019
Bought DiskWarrior to save my Seagate 1T ExFat formatted disk connected to MacBook Air 2019.. Doesn't recognize disk, same as disk Utility on same computer. Decide to plug disk into old iMac - guess what?! works fine. Run Disk Utilities on the disk in old iMac. Plug disk back into MacBook Air - Works Great! Try to run Disk Warrior again just to see what would happen - DOESN'T RECOGNIZE DISK!! DiskWarrior is a $120 piece of S**T!!!
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Version 5.2
2 answer(s)
felipey
felipey
10 May 2019
Exactly, and on top of that they have a terrible customer service.
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Alastairh
Alastairh
21 July 2019
Unfair. Do you know how much money Microsoft wants for an ExFAT license? DW hasn’t ever promised ExFAT support (or FAT, or NTFS, as far as I know, though someone from Alsoft might correct me).
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Why are some of the most recent poorly-rated reviews getting put further down the list than much older (and less relevant) 5-star reviews? For the vast majority who use Mac OS Mohave, DW is unusable, plain and simple. Why have a review system that encourages people to go out and spend $120 on something that doesn't work, and furthermore, makes you waste time and want to pull your hair out?
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Version 5.2
2 answer(s)
felipey
felipey
10 May 2019
Exactly, this is an outdated piece of software with terrible customer support.
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The-Crow
The-Crow
08 September 2019
I don't think it's fair to bombard a 5-star product with 1-star reviews while the software is essentially in a holding pattern, waiting for enough documentation of the new FS to create a new version. DW is still 5-star software for users of non-APFS systems; killing their reputation while they are stalled will be hard to come back from. I think the software should be considered "stalled" and the ratings taken offline for now. But...you are right, kosovarnye - they're still charging $120 for a program that will not function for APFS. In my opinion, Alsoft should make this version free - and begin charging again once they have a 100% functional utility. Just my 2 cents...
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Version 5.2
DW used to be my #1 most reliable disk repair and maintenance software. What a pity it no longer works (at all). Blame it on Apple or blame it on DW, but what the software does is make you jump through endless loops to make it work and still it doesn't. Believe me, I've spent hours trying to make it work on my new MB Pro and older iMac (all running Mohave), 3 thumb drives, and 5 hard drives. All I can say is that Alsoft's tech support team has been responsive, but the advice they gave was completely ineffective. I havern't been able to accomplish anything, except waste hours writing my hands in frustatration!
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Version 5.2
1 answer(s)
Fahlman
Fahlman
10 October 2019
I can't take any computer advice seriously from someone who 1) still uses Yahoo email in 2019 after they had the largest data breach ever, 2) complains that DiskWarrior doesn't work, but was obliviously unable to read the support documents before using the software, and 3) spells Mojave as Mohave.
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Version 5.2
mzulgis
05 March 2019
A superb piece of software. Have been using this for some time now and I know of nothing else that can do what Disk Warrior can do. Version 5.2 added much needed APFS support. More software developers that tune in to their customers' needs like Alsoft do are needed.
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Version 5.2
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Amcarter3
Amcarter3
20 June 2019
Your comment that DiskWarrior Ver. 5.2 "added much needed support" is deceptive. DW still CANNOT do its most important function - rebuild a APFS disk directory. Everyone should carefully read Alsoft's comments at <https://www.alsoft.com/DiskWarrior/mojaveapfs.html>:

1) "DiskWarrior 5.2 is compatible with macOS 10.13 High Sierra and macOS 10.14 Mojave when rebuilding external drives.
2) Mac OS Extended (HFS Plus) disks can be rebuilt as before.
3) The internal drives of Macs are automatically converted from Mac OS Extended (HFS Plus) to Apple File System (APFS) when upgrading to macOS 10.14 Mojave. Only internal SSD drives are converted to APFS by macOS 10.13 High Sierra.
4) External drives are not automatically converted to Apple File System (APFS). Your Mac OS Extended external drives can be rebuilt as before.
5) Apple File System (APFS) disks are recognized by DiskWarrior 5.2 but are not able to be rebuilt. Click here to learn how to identify an APFS disk.
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daniel-maier
04 March 2019
DiskWarrior is still the only tool that will save my as with broken Disks. Many years. It does not happen often, but if it happens DiskWorrier is here to fix the Problem. And al of the negativ ratings are people with no respect for excellent Programmer out there. They rate a product that has lot of work in it with hundreds of hours engineering and testing. So if you are one of those, put brain in gear bevor typing a bad Review. A programmer has also children that want to go to school and would like to eat something.
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Version 5.2
$119.95

3.5

App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
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