DiskWarrior
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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
What's New
Version 4.4:
  • This release features ongoing internal enhancements for speed and improved repair.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later



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Gregm commented on 13 Apr 2014
Heads up: Due to some weird behavior, I went to the support area for DW.
More than two years later (Oct 2013) -- DW has yet another updater called 4.4 (yup, same name/number as 2011 update). Can't quite figure out what is going on -- other than my *guess* that it has something to do with Mavericks.

And the new updater still requires an original disk and burner to complete the install.
Don't these guys pay *any* attention to the hardware that is currently available?
[Version 4.4]

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Gregm replied on 13 Apr 2014
According to DW Marc -- there have been no changes.

Apparently just confirming declarations of "it still works!" -----
as the OS upgrades create challenges for some others
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GeoProf reviewed on 27 Mar 2014
I’ve had a high opinion of DiskWarrior since I bought it many years ago, and I felt that TechTool Pro’s directory optimization was inferior. However, I’ve recently become convinced that TTP’s directory optimization has improved to the point of being very nearly on par with DW’s.

This used to happen to me, my staff, and our allied universities' labs all the time (literally monthly): A problem with either the operating system (OS 10.5-to-10.8) or a software application that could not be fixed by TechTool Pro’s ‘Volume Rebuild’ tool was handily fixed by DiskWarrior’s ‘Rebuild’ routine. And to Micromat’s shame, I’ve never encountered the reverse scenario and have heard of it secondhand only twice. But since the introduction of TTP 7.0, DW’s superiority became less pronounced, and with the release of v. 7.0.1 and 7.0.2 it almost disappeared.

Since the introduction of TTP 7.0.2, I have not encountered or heard reports of ANY directory problems that could only be corrected by DW after TTP failed to do the job. This is in a very large Geographic Information Systems lab that I manage, in my own large cluster, and in the several state, county and city GIS organizations with which I have a close relationship. We haven’t gone so far as to replace DW with TTP as our directory utility of choice, but that’s not far off because TTP comes with a large set of additional capabilities that is absent in DW even though they are nearly identical in price.

So in my world, DiskWarrior’s dominance over TechTool Pro has ended. Were TTP’s directory rebuild function to improve over v. 7.0.2 in any way, it could claim parity in that category and become the de facto leader due to its extensive other capacities.
[Version 4.4]

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Sd_robert replied on 30 Mar 2014
Hey, you should also compare catalog rebuilding of DW and TTP with Cleverfiles Disk Drill, it’s interesting to know who wins and if you will find it on par with the old players in this market.
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Amcarter3 reviewed on 27 Feb 2014
DiskWarrior is a fantastic disk repair utility app. It does one thing better than any other fixit utility -- it fixes deep disk directory issues that no other app can fix, including TechTool Pro and Drive Genius. It works with all Mac Operating Systems, including Mavericks. It saves my bacon at 3-4 times/year.

Other disk repair apps offer an array of hardware diagnostic tools and "fixit" tricks. But, none of them can match what DiskWarrior does. I've relied on it more for over 25 years and highly recommend it.
[Version 4.4]

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Amcarter3 replied on 27 Feb 2014
I will add... The developer points out that Apple has made virtually no changes to volume formatting in recent years. Plus, it doesn't matter whether you have a hard drive, a Fusion drive or an SSD—the rules are the same. However, because Apple has not released hardware configuration data for some years, you must start it after booting up on an external drive.
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Nova-Bossa reviewed on 20 Feb 2014
I use it constantly and it does its job very well!
[Version 4.4]


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Fizgig reviewed on 09 Feb 2014
This utility works best with the machine booted off a diff't volume than the one you're looking to repair. That said, there are two things DW excels at, from a tech's 25+ yrs. of experience, repairing directories and permissions. This is mainly what I use it for on my own and clients' machines because most utilities will not allow permission repair on a volume the machine isn't running off of, DW does and does it extremely well. Would I pay almost $100 for those two features.... Absolutely NOT. As you can use the better TechTool to replace the directory (plus it has a protection feature which backs up that directory periodically) and TechTool or Drive Genius can deal with permissions while the machine is running off the volume being checked. As a tech., I do have DW in my tool box, but it certainly isn't the only tool in there nor is it the best.
[Version 4.4]


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Geoff Bell reviewed on 05 Dec 2013
This software does not appear to work at all. Stupidly, I chose to inore these reviews and bought DW 4.4 in an attempt to fix a problem with a drive. DW would not even scan the drive. Totally useless. (Data Rescue on the other hand, scanned the drive and allowed me to recover it.) I asked DW for my money back. And received a very rude response for my trouble. My advice - don't buy it. It is a scam.
[Version 4.4]

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TeRRyZx replied on 26 Dec 2013
Then problem is that APPLE just refuses to give them the needed update that are now needed. For this reason you have to startup from a different Mac using target mode or have it on a separate partition in order for it to work. DW still works just fine and the complaints ought to be jammed down APPLE's throat.
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Fizgig replied on 09 Feb 2014
As a tech., I'd recommend TechTool instead for data recovery and data loss prevention. Data Rescue is also very good for recovery purposes -- but this you know ;) DiskWarrior has always worked best when the Mac it's fixing is running off a diff't volume or connected to another Mac in target disk mode. This utility, along with other in the "best of" category isn't effective when running on a volume it is attempting to repair.
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Negritude commented on 05 Nov 2013
(In my best LibertyForAll1776 voice):

Is this thing 64-bit, yet?

Seriously, this is an example of where going 64-bit would be an incredibly important feature, because it would allow the program to address much larger amounts of memory, which is necessary to process drives that have huge directories with an innumerable number of files, such as Time Machine backups.

Frankly, while this program is legendary in the Mac community, it's also, unfortunately, a legacy cash cow for the developers, who do as little as possible just to keep it working, while they continue to rake in the bucks.
[Version 4.4]


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F451 commented on 23 Oct 2013
From Alsoft's website:

Support News

10/22/2013 - DiskWarrior 4 version 4.4 Compatible with OS X 10.9 Mavericks

The previously released DiskWarrior 4 version 4.4 is required to run an installed copy of DiskWarrior while started from 10.9 Mavericks. If you haven't already done so, you can use the free updater for existing owners of DiskWarrior 4 versions 4.0-4.3.
[Version 4.4]


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Gryphonent reviewed on 19 Sep 2013
I'd say DiskWarrior has become DiskRetiree… because it's not been updated for two years and hasn't seen much support even before then. On my latest MacBook Air the app constantly produces gibberish results and often hangs when scanning larger drives. I've switched to DriveGenius 3. Good bye Alsoft.
[Version 4.4]

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Amcarter3 replied on 27 Feb 2014
The developer points out that Apple has made virtually no changes to volume formatting in recent years. Plus, it doesn't matter whether you have a hard drive, a Fusion drive or an SSD—the rules are the same.

DiskWarrior functions perfectly on any Apple OS (including Mavericks). However, because Apple has not released hardware configuration data for some years, you must start it after booting up on an external drive.
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Donmontalvo commented on 28 Aug 2013
"Note: The current DiskWarrior DVD cannot start up the new MacBook Pros introduced June 11, 2012. An updated disc that will also start up these recent Mac models will be released as soon as Apple, Inc. releases new startup files to Alsoft, Inc. and other developers."
[Version 4.4]

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Donmontalvo replied on 28 Aug 2013
...er, that was 14 months ago.
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ZachP3614 replied on 26 Jan 2014
By the time they release the DVD, no mac will even have a DVD drive!
I think the developer has retired to Florida....
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Grandpa John had trouble on 04 Mar 2011
This updater is not able to create a CD for me. Everything went fine until the very end when it quit, kicked out the disk and said that there were errors and the disk could not be used. This happened three times and I gave up. I seem to remember this happened the last time I tried to update.

Then I remembered how to get a copy regardless. I had the updater write an image of the updated disk to my hard disk, and force-quit the application instead of quitting it normally. This prevents the updater from erasing the image file. I was able to retrieve it from the .tmp folder (invisible) and copy it to the desktop. So at least I have a working copy of DW4.3.

I don't know why I have trouble creating a DW CD, my CD/DVD burner works fine for other things.

Any ideas?
[Version 4.3]


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Gregm had trouble on 02 Mar 2011
ERRORS?

From the docs included with the updater:

To prevent problems from arising while using this updater, Alsoft strongly advises you to quit any running applications first. If possible, you should restart your Mac immediately before continuing. If you encounter any errors during the update process, you should restart your Mac in Safe Mode by holding down the shift key during start up. You can release the shift key when you see the words "Safe Boot."
[Version 4.3]


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Sgginc had trouble on 02 Mar 2011
Unable to write a boot disk (4.3).
Says there is a write error.

The disk mounts fine after burning.

Unable to update DiskWarrior App as the process is interrupted.
Tried two burners and 5 disks.
All fail with an error occurred while writing.
Once it failed while verifying.
[Version 4.3]


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Phaleron had trouble on 02 Mar 2011
I tried to update the original v4 DW disk, but it is ejected, and the process fails without further explanation.
[Version 4.3]


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Kreon had trouble on 20 Sep 2010
Every time I've tried to use DiskWarrior 4.2, (perhaps a dozen times on different drives), it tells me that there is not enough memory, even if I boot from the CD. I have 8GB of RAM, and over 100GB free for virtual memory. How much memory does DiskWarrior require?

(I'm usually trying it on fairly large volumes - 1TB - 6TB in size, with probably 1-50 million files on them).
[Version 4.2]


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macman8 had trouble on 28 Oct 2008
I'm having trouble as well as Franks. When it gets to the step about inserting a blank CD to record, the installer just stalls. I've tried inserting other blank CD's and DVD's, just in case, but the installer just does nothing. The installation process was perfect, up to this point. Alsoft, any ideas for us here?
[Version 4.1.1]

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deanMN replied on 05 Feb 2012
I assume you've moved on from this, but in case someone else has the same issue, look to see if you have a virtual CD program or anything that that operates the same as a disk burner. If you do, try uninstalling that program and running again. After I uninstalled VirtualCD (a great program btw), I was able to get the updater to finish the burning process just fine.
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wompedy had trouble on 29 Apr 2008
i have a new MacPro (circa january 08) and the DW 4.1 update was supposed to make Disk Warrior boot and repair machines like mine. for me, however, when i put in the cd and tell the machine to use it as its start-up drive the machine just boots to the grey apple screen and then reboots and reboots and reboots in an endless loop.
[Version 4.1]

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m85 replied on 15 May 2008
Same issue on my new (penryn) Macbook pro. I've tried burning several cd's and none work
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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 15 May 2008
Try contacting DW support here:

http://www.alsoft.com/Support/index.html
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wompedy commented on 15 May 2008
i went to the link provided by Admin and found the following message on that page:

"DiskWarrior 4 version 4.1 is now shipping on DiskWarrior CD revision 42. This CD is a universal startup CD that can start up both PowerPC and Intel Macs. All Mac models meeting the system requirements for DiskWarrior except the new Mac Pro and Xserve models introduced on 01/08/2008, the MacBook Air introduced on 01/15/2008, the MacBook/MacBook Pro models introduced on 02/26/2008 and the iMac models introduced on 04/28/2008 can be started from the CD. An updated disc that will also start up the most recent Mac models will be released as soon as Apple, Inc. releases new startup files to Alsoft, Inc. and other developers. Click here to learn how to repair the directory of a disk in a Mac model that cannot be started from the DiskWarrior CD."
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RoadTripDK had trouble on 26 Nov 2006
I just purchased the latest version to solve problems with a fragmented directory (catalog b-tree) after a crash that Fink Commander was involved in. My problem is that I run DiskWarrior for a couple of days (to try to solve the issuie above). DiskWarrior reports from the very beginning that it is taking a performance hit because of the condition of the HD, which is understandable, but Finder starts reporting that DiskWarrior is unresponsive and the whole OS (Tiger) seems to be taking a hit on my G5 single.

Ejecting USB pen drives are no longer registered by the system, quiting any other apps that have been running leaves me unable to get DiskWarrior back to DW, which seems to take on the persona of the last app that has been quit, etc.

I am running DW from a system installed on a Firewire drive.
[Version 3.0.3]

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swgs1 replied on 06 Dec 2006
this might be obvious, but you should really boot to the Diskwarrior 3.03 disk if you are having trouble running it from a Mac OS X system.
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Sandro-Bilbeisi had trouble on 02 Jun 2006
Crashes briefly after launching on an Intel iMac 17"
with Mac OS X 10.4.6
[Version 3.0.3]

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locutisofbored replied on 24 Aug 2006
Same problem here, iMac Intel with OSX 10.4.7
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St00pid-M0nk3y replied on 04 Oct 2006
Um...that's because this is for PPC only. An Intel version will be released in the future.
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Foulger replied on 01 Nov 2006
Please define future - Its November now and the last release was 5 months ago!!!!!
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jvhVR had trouble on 29 Apr 2005
As Alsoft writes about the fortcoming update, the link is still 3.0.2, so TIGER users, be carefull !!!


DiskWarrior 3.0.3 will be available in just a few days during the first week of May as a FREE update to owners of DiskWarrior 3.0.x. Customers should return to this web page, download the update and use it to create and burn a new DiskWarrior CD containing the updated application. In order to create a new DiskWarrior CD, you must have an administrator name and password, the original DiskWarrior 3.0.x CD, 650 MB of free disk space, and a blank CD-R disc.
[Version 3.0.3]



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mwab rated on 15 Feb 2014

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Raggatagg rated on 10 Sep 2013

[Version 4.4]



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Emrys0821 rated on 21 Apr 2013

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peterssthomas rated on 07 Aug 2012

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bestplayer785 rated on 07 Aug 2012

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Martin8967 rated on 07 Aug 2012

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John_Brown rated on 06 Aug 2012

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Albertor rated on 23 Jun 2012

[Version 4.4]


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Type:Utilities : Optimizers
License:Updater
Date:10 Oct 2011
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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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.


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