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DiskWarrior Reviews5.2

05 October 2018

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Geography Is Destiny
06 June 2020
Version: 5.2

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USELESS WITH AN SSD AND WITH APFS. This used to be a GREAT utility. However, ALL disk utilities are now useless because they cannot do a volume rebuild on an SSD (volume rebuild was the one operation that could really fix a screwed up drive), so THEY ONLY WORK ON HDDs. Also, I’m not aware of any disk utilities that work fully on drives formatted with Apple File System (APFS), and most do not yet work on Catalina. DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY ON THIS DOG UNTIL IT WORKS ON SSDs AND WITH APFS.
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Derekcurrie
20 July 2020
Version: 5.2
"Apple File System (APFS) disks are not currently supported." This continues to be the case. The reason continues to be that Apple does not, apparently will not, provide sufficient documentation of APFS to allow third party utilities to repair it beyond what Apple's own Disk Utility does. - - I should point out that I have yet to experience any problems with my APFS formatted SSD. But for those concerned, *only* TechTool Pro v11 onwards is able to test and repair APFS volume structures. Good on Micromat.
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Aargl
03 July 2020
Version: 5.2
So sad to see this gone... Been so useful for decades! R.I.P. DiskWarrior! :-)
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terrycts
19 June 2020
Version: 5.2
DiskWarrior's uselessness is a product of the degeneration of Apple and the Mac. For over 25 years I purchased only high-end Macs. Two years ago I purchased a MacBook Pro only to encounter countless major problems. Fortunately I have AppleCare, but that runs out in another year and this hardware is junk. And Apple has an attitude problem. Disk Warrior, which saved many a boot disk for me for a couple of decades, has been useless for several years now. Apple has not released documentation which would allow DW to rebuild APFS disks, the standard for all boot disks for several OS's. The fault is Apple's, but regardless DW is useless on modern operating systems. My solution is migration to a PC.
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Geography Is Destiny
06 June 2020
Version: 5.2
USELESS WITH AN SSD AND WITH APFS. This used to be a GREAT utility. However, ALL disk utilities are now useless because they cannot do a volume rebuild on an SSD (volume rebuild was the one operation that could really fix a screwed up drive), so THEY ONLY WORK ON HDDs. Also, I’m not aware of any disk utilities that work fully on drives formatted with Apple File System (APFS), and most do not yet work on Catalina. DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY ON THIS DOG UNTIL IT WORKS ON SSDs AND WITH APFS.
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tedgrigg
28 April 2020
Version: 5.2
Let's see now. When did version 5 first come out? This last major update to 64-bit came out in the first quarter of 2014. Then a couple of updates to version 5.2 within a yea of that. That's 2015-2016. It's now 4 or 5 years later and version 5 still does nothing beyond HFS+. Disk Warrior became irrelevant when Apple created APFS as the required disk system several years ago. Maybe the SSD no longer needs a tool like Disk Warrior. I really haven't missed it under the flash drive hardware requirement these days. I own version 5.2, but I now see that I really don't need it. And I suppose Apple decided the same thing or they would have provided Disk Warrior with the documentation they say they desperately need. No one using the more recent Mac OS versions should waste their money on today's Disk Warrior.
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janewishing
16 February 2020
Version: 5.2
Will not work in new Mac and T2 chip and company will NOT refund you so don’t buy
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Brooklyn-Al
31 January 2020
Version: 5.2
I will buy this app when it works with APFS drives.
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The-Crow
22 January 2020
Version: 5.2
DiskWarrior has been the best, most essential disk utility for as long as I can remember. When everything else failed to help you - including Apple's own Disk Utility - and software was telling you that your only answer was to reinstall the OS...that's when DiskWarrior would simply fix everything. No problem. No biggie. There you go...all fixed. It was incredible, and indispensable. For the moment, until it can be updated to work with APFS, the application I loved so much is useless. Kaput. It has value only for the very small minority running earlier OSes. So - I just don't get it, guys...are you REALLY charging $120??? How can you justify that? I think you should be giving this version away - just to keep some users of old systems something to get them interested until you have the new version. And the big question: will we ever see a new version? Seriously guys - will there ever be a new version of DiskWarrior that can do with APFS what it did for HFS+?
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Arcano-17
12 December 2019
Version: 5.2
Excellent software but don’t work in macOS Catalina and APFS format.
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Profinite
08 December 2019
Version: 5.2
Can anyone please confirm that the Alsoft website is dead? Does this mean that the company no longer exist and we have to say RIP to DiskWarrior?
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ocean442
06 November 2019
Version: 5.2
Has saved my a** a few times, when old disk start to show their age.
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NedC
21 July 2019
Version: 5.2
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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Alastairh
21 July 2019
Version: 5.2
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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felipey
10 May 2019
Version: 5.2
Deceptive company that does not stand by its products.
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john-manuelrhodes
30 April 2019
Version: 5.2
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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Brooklyn-Al
18 April 2019
Version: 5.2
Does DW still not support APFS?
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hpotzus-1
25 March 2019
Version: 5.2
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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kosovarnye@yahoo-com
20 March 2019
Version: 5.2
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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kosovarnye@yahoo-com
20 March 2019
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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mzulgis
05 March 2019
Version: 5.2
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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daniel-maier
04 March 2019
Version: 5.2
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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scotthenderson9
21 January 2019
Version: 5.2
I bought Disk Warrior a few years back, used once. When I tried to use again recently, they no longer support new OS system, and want to charge me agin for upgrade. This is a scam as OS systems change on a regular basis, and Alsoft seemingly has no desire to support their products. Unless you pay again. Thanks, but no thanks.
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Mac5
10 December 2018
Version: 5.2
I am finding it quite difficult to update my Disk Warrior flash drive from v5.0 to v5.2. Not a straightforward process, and not something that everyone will find easy to accomplish. It should be much easier and something that the average Mac user can can do without having to contact the developer to get advice.
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darren-48
05 December 2018
Version: 5.2
Terrible Customer Support/Service!!!! They don't care about their customers!
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Borisd
01 December 2018
Version: 5.2
I will NOT uninstall DiskWorrior!! I was offered to leave a comment while upgrading to DW 5.2, as the software thought I was uninstalling. So - NO, I was NOT uninstalling. And I will NOT uninstall my DW. Have been using DW since 1995 and it has never let me down. And regarding the delay for APFS file system - I am old and patient. I trust 100% AlSoft will come up with a reasonable upgrade. Some people don't realize how Apple screws up things for us, the users, and they misdirect their criticism.
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jbobb-uk
08 November 2018
Version: 5.2
Support team is rude and unhelpful. Main product page says it supports Mojave but doesn't support default file system on Mojave. No mention of it on the main product page and refuses to provide any refunds. Glorified version of free tool included in macOS.
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Rplat
07 October 2018
Version: 5.2
When is this company going to get its act together . . . this dog will not work on new Macs with Apple's new APFS operating system. This means that it won't work with High Sierra or Mojave unless you revert to HFS. So don't plan on rebuilding any directories unless you elect to go back to old operating systems.
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Derekcurrie
04 October 2018
Version: 5.2
v5.2 still cannot rebuild APFS formatted drives. To read about Alsoft's progress, visit this page: https://www.alsoft.com/DiskWarrior/mojaveapfs.html Apple recently released a thoroughly overhauled set of web pages for developers about APFS. Hopefully, Apple bothered this time to provide enough information to allow third party repair tools to work with APFS. If that is the case, all of the various repair tools should be updating within the next month or two. For me, having these repair tools available will be the prime reason for upgrading from 10.12 Sierra to 10.14 Mojave. I've specifically ignored 10.13 High Sierra because of Apple's abysmal roll out of APFS.
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Eric•Woehler
04 October 2018
Version: 5.2
The file to upgrade to 5.2 runs at just over 5MB. You will need your DW serial number to d/l the file. Long time user - since DW 1 in 1998 (!) - highly recommended and would encourage those who doubt to buy. Next release will deal with APFS drives. Have saved numerous drives over the years - rebuilds directories faster than Tech Tool Pro and I believe does it better. Well worth the purchase price as it has paid its way well and truly over the 20 years. Recommended.
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Brooklyn-Al
04 October 2018
Version: 5.2
Still cannot rebuild APFS with 5.2.
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jehpo
04 October 2018
Version: 5.2
Seems very good, but no way to try it !?!? There is no a trial, even for only 3 days !?!?!
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Flinx
03 October 2018
Version: 5.1
Disk warrior 5.2 is out.

Compatibility with Mac OS X 10.14

Download from editor website.
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ArtDir
03 October 2018
Version: 5.1
This listing is incorrect. DiskWarrior 5.2 is out and available on the Alsoft website.
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Levelbest
28 August 2018
Version: 5.1
DW for those who don't know has been a must have utility for ages. Currently it can't fix an SSD drive and if you put an SSD on your HighSierra system Apple will automatically turn it into the new APFS file system, no choice in the matter. Alsoft did finally release 5.1 that will at least not have DW instantly quitting when launched with an SSD anywhere in the file chain. But, 5.1 still won't recognize or repair an SSD drive. I sympathize if Alsoft is at the mercy of Apple on this one. However, I would really like to have something again more than just the Apple Disk Utility program that could keep my SSD drives healthy like DW used to be able to do. I am not a psychic - nor do I play one on TV. So please take the following with a gain of salt - or a whole pinch of salt for that matter. It sounds like Alsoft is going to release a new version at some point in the future to add in the APFS filesystem changes and, when that happens, I would imagine there would be an upgrade charge. Entirely speculation on my part but also frustrating to imagine as we are coming up rapidly on a year of non working DW software in the current version. Apples fault I guess and the folks at Alsoft have always had a great product so, I can see both sides of the fence with this. It ts frustrating to not have any serious tools for keeping my SSD drives in good health. I had an SSD installed in my iMac as the main drive and I just got a second SSD for my MacBook Pro. I dislike living on luck. I would prefer having either DW back, or something that worked on the new Apple APFS system.
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Amcarter3
22 July 2018
Version: 5.1
I just checked and Diskwarrior still does not work on APFS drives. Although they released ver. 5.1, they say they are still waiting for Apple to release more info about the OS. Very frustrating.
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ufreghi
11 May 2018
Version: 5.1
DW customers are pleased to see that something is moving on the side of Alsoft. Above all, customers are reassured by the fact that Alsoft has finally resumed communicating and explaining what is happening. Thumb up for Alsoft and let’s hope that Apple will soon be able to sort out her stuff with APFS.
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Foulger
10 May 2018
Version: 5.1
Hurray - welcome back!
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Full Score
04 May 2018
Version: 5.1
Because of the inability to work with Apple's APFS, even after updating my original flash drive using DWRecovery 1.2, I can't repair/rebuild my internal disk which runs OSX 10.13.4. A wonderful utility for all these years; now it's virtually useless since Apple automatically changes our file system to APFS when we upgrade our system. And they still advertise this doorstop for sale at $120! WOW - how the most reliable app in Mac history has become almost extinct.
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JamesHarrisPhoto
04 May 2018
Version: 5.1
After years of absolute neglect, I have moved on.
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Eric•Woehler
03 May 2018
Version: 5.1
Unclear if 5.1 is a paid upgrade from 5.0? No discussion here that informs me if I have to pay from 5.0 to 5.1. I have 5.0 and there is no 'Check for Updates' option in DW5 so some guidance would be useful to readers.


Ok, some digging around on Alsoft's web page shows a FREE updater pkg 5.0 to 5.1
https://www.alsoft.com/DiskWarrior/highsierraapfs.html

kudos to Alsoft not following Tech Tool Pro path of charging for 0.1 updates!!!!
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Derekcurrie
03 May 2018
Version: 5.1
Here are partial notes from Alsoft's website, providing more information: https://www.alsoft.com/DiskWarrior/highsierraapfs.html "Using DiskWarrior 5.1 while started (booted) from macOS 10.13 High Sierra. • What you need to know 1) DiskWarrior 5.1 is compatible with macOS 10.13 High Sierra. 2) Mac OS Extended (HFS Plus) disks can be rebuilt as before. This includes Fusion and Time Machine disks. 3) The internal Solid State Drives (SSDs) of Macs are automatically converted from Mac OS Extended (HFS Plus) to Apple File System (APFS) when upgrading to macOS 10.13 High Sierra. 4) Apple File System (APFS) disks are recognized by DiskWarrior 5.1 but are not able to be rebuilt. Click here to learn how to identify an APFS disk." IOW: DiskWarrior runs on macOS 10.13.x High Sierra. But it cannot rebuild/repair 10.13.x High Sierra. The problem is that Apple has not finished APFS and therefore is not providing repair utility developers with adequate documentation of APFS. ALL repair utility developers are hobbled by this problem. The only utility that can at least perform some file system repair of APFS so far is TechTool Pro 9.6.1. But their developer points out that their support of APFS remains unfinished. See the note below by 'DiskWarrior-Proj-Mgr' on May 03, 2018 for further details about this ongoing situation.
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DiskWarrior-Proj-Mgr
02 May 2018
Version: 5.0
DiskWarrior 5.1, a free update from 5.0, was released today, May 2, 2018. It can be read about here: https://www.alsoft.com/DiskWarrior/support.html and here: https://www.alsoft.com/DiskWarrior/highsierraapfs.html
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Bezbozny
30 April 2018
Version: 5.0
4 years since the last update.... i think we can officially consider DW dead.....
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Foulger
07 March 2018
Version: 5.0
Two things. Ive done some research and also spoken to some other developers. What I have learned is that Apple haven't published the data and requirements for an APFS Utility to be developed. This means that even if Alsoft wanted to bring out 5.1, its unlikely that they could at this stage. What is particularly annoying though, is the deafening silence from their web site. Had they come up with a news item to this effect, there would be little or no tension. However, their lack of communication has, I think, caused undue stress on those loyal DW users who are waiting (apparently in vain) for an APFS version. Thats the state of the nation as I know it. COMMUNICATE ALSOFT.
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Foulger
10 February 2018
Version: 5.0
Codicil: Sent this to Alsoft today from New Zealand.
As a critique and no matter how stressed you are, you owe it to your clients to let people know whats going on. Your silence speaks volumes. It tends to indicate that you cant produce the goods and are hiding behind the skirts of Katrina. Nobody knows the size of your company, are you alone or are you a team?

Communication is the name of the game. I have been using DiskWarrior since version 3 and find it indispensible. However I must say that if there was a competing product I would have purchased it long before now simply because you do not posses communication skills.

If you would come clean on your web site and let everyone know what is happening and when a 5.1 release can be expected, you would go a long way to restoring confidence in your product. At the moment you dying the death.

Why dont you write a story starting with Katrina and the effect it has on your company. Let us know how many are on your team. Let us know what is the progress on 5.1. Come clean if you are having problems coming to grips with APFS, just say so. Institute a beta program so that your “base” can try it out.

Really, you have almost reached the end of the road, which is a crying shame for such a vintage and respected product.

Come up to present time guys (or is it guy). Honesty is the best policy in the end.

I write this not in anger but as a hand across the ocean to offer you an insight as to how your clients are viewing you at this moment in time.
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Foulger
10 February 2018
Version: 5.0
Im beginning to think the Katrina excuse is wearing a little thin with regard to 5.1. Really for a $120 app, its really time for Alsoft to get A into G. If their development team can't fix their app, they should call in someone who can. Also one would think they would issue regular updates. Maybe time for all the diskwarrior users to start emailing Alsoft with a "Whats happening". I am a devoted and long time user and hope to be able to continue with 5.1. The problem is that DW is unique and has no competition. If there was an alternative product, I'm sure version 5.1 would be up and running long ago. Comments?
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Foulger
26 January 2018
Version: 5.0
Like a Lover, daily scanning the horizon for her lost lover not returned from the war, I daily scan Macupdate for the return of that most important of utilities, hopefully returned to its antediluvian magnificence.
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Levelbest
13 January 2018
Version: 5.0
I am a long time satisfied customer of DiskWarrior. I too feel the frustration that ever since I switched to an SSD main drive and Apple snuck their new file system on it, I can no longer use DW for anything other than making sure my backups stay healthy. However, it seems fair to mention that in their statement that they suffered some delay in the aftermath of last falls flooding in Houston, I see some room for compassion. Yes, I too feel very frustrated that DW is no longer available as I used to depend on it as it cannot even see SSD drives - let alone repair them. This is because Apple forces SSD drives in High Sierra to format APFS. On a very personal note, I was a FEMA contract inspector and did 500 inspections after Katrina, Rita and Wilma alone. I would like to offer my sympathies for all those people on Alsoft’s team and in their community who had to endure record levels of flooding. I know this has affected their development time on DW. I would also like to say that I know from direct experience how much that level of disaster can affect peoples personal lives. I hope that everyone in Alsoft’s community at large and on their team are recovering well. When one has not lived through a community wide disaster as the Alsoft team did, it is hard to understand that rebuilding, cleaning up, and healing can take more time than anyone thinks it will. And of course, I will continue to eagerly await the update.
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Foulger
09 January 2018
Version: 5.0
As a Diskwarrior user since well before OS X and macOS, I cant help feeling that the Alsoft team are seriously missing the boat here. Other Utilities are now APFS compatible, at least in beta form. DiskWarrior has been the single most useful app that I own, amongst many others. My only criticism is that Alsoft are very often tardy in bringing about updates to technology. Whether this is because they have a small or inadequate technical division, I dont know? I do know that they are reasonably fast to respond to technical queries as I have had occasion to communicate with them quite a few times over the years. There is nothing that comes close to rebuilding a disk directory or for mounting a preview image from which data can be recovered. I will continue to support Diskwarrior but must publicly state my frustration that DW 5.1 has not become available, even if in beta form. Lets hope alsoft (lc "a" is deliberate) do not let this fruit wither on the vine. There is still a small window of opportunity to get APFS DW compatibility out into the public arena but with each passing day, that window gets smaller. C'mon guys, dont let your supporters down. As they say in NZ "Get your (collective) asses into gear"
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Anynymoose
17 December 2017
Version: 5.0
I've found nothing DiskWarrior will do. Nothing at all. Customer support is worthless. Total waste of money IMHO, and RIDICULOUSLY PRICED!

I recommend Data Rescue 5. I had a drive NO OTHER SOFTWARE could find ANYTHING AT ALL. NOTHING. Totally unrecoverable. So I had my doubts about Data Rescue. But after spending over 24 hours scanning my disk thoroughly (4TB) it found EVERY missing file—INTACT!! In my case, I was looking only for video MPG files, but it found them all. Incredible! Granted it couldn't find the names of the files, but they were all totally playable so that was no problem.

I read a lot of glowing reviews about Disk Warrior as well as Data Rescue, but Data Rescue actually did what it promised. WOO-HOO!!
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