DiskTools Pro
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DiskTools Pro makes Mac repair and maintenance painless, fast and easy. DiskTools Pro is the only utility software that allows you to schedule when to defragment, backup or repair bad sectors of your Mac. It also does not require you to run the tools from a boot DVD, CD or separate volumes in order to fix the startup volume. Use DiskTools Pro to defragment, repair volumes, scan and repair bad sectors, create bootable backups, monitor S.M.A.R.T. status, benchmark your Mac, test disk integrity, analyze drive capacity to free space on your Mac, and more.

What's New
Version 3.8.3:
  • OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion support
  • Minor fixes and tweaks.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.4 or later



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DiskTools Pro User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Ldrki reviewed on 04 Apr 2014
Highly recommended, bootable backup included.
[Version 3.8.3]


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Ldrki reviewed on 02 Apr 2014
Amazing tool, cheaper than others with less features, great customer service. Cannot recommend it enough.
[Version 3.8.3]


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Gary30 reviewed on 05 May 2013
I got this as part of the recent MacHeist. I was intrigued by two modules, the .plist inspection report and the alias inspection and report. Both modules offer to repair problems found. I keep a pretty clean system, but the program found 205 .plist issues and some 740 unresolved alias/symlink issues. The vast majority of the plist issues were missing plist files in the /Library/Containers and ~/Library/Containers folders. There was one corrupt plist file in the ~LibraryCookies folder. I had a backup and after some research decided to let the program fix these problems.

It was a similar story with the alias inspection. However the repairs here were not so graceful. After I gave approval to fix these, I discovered that DiskTools also deleted some symlinks and aliases that were not identified in the report and which were perfectly valid. These were all aliases and symlinks that I had made, two of them to my DropBox folder. Had I not caught the DropBox symlinks right away I could have had some real grief had I not backed everything up. Also, there are in fact many, many aliases and symlinks in OS X. How many others were removed gratuitously? I decided not to find out and so I restored my boot volume, later running DiskTools and allowing it to fix just the plist issues.

When I have a piece of diagnostic software that has done something unpredicted I get a little gun shy. "Buyer Beware" here.
[Version 3.8.3]

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Laraine replied on 13 Aug 2013
Thanks for such an in-depth review. Like many people here, I'm wary of anything coming from the developers of MacKeeper. It looks like they have a lot of work to do to get themselves a good reputation.
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Allergydetective commented on 31 Jan 2013
How is this different than Disk Warrior?
[Version 3.8.3]

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Fangoo replied on 08 Feb 2013
Disk Warrior actually works! Disk Tools have nice graphics but is pretty much just a toy.
Most of its features are available free. I bought v 3.6 and asked about an upgrade but that comment disappeared.
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Zo219 replied on 31 Dec 2013
Disk Warrior has been around for years, is highly thought of, considered the premier disk repair tool - but it doesn’t really repair your disk,nor can it. What it does - and this is unique - is graph and, if you startup from another disk, create a new directory for the disk - and if it cannot, takes you through steps to retrieve files so you can get drive fixed. I’ve never trusted software disk repair, but am not a high-level geek. But DW is the software of last resort - or first, as it will also check plists for corruptions, graph your directory, and check SMART status. You won’t find anyone who considers its costs wasted funds! It can and has rescued drives that seemed defunct.
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bbc42 commented on 31 Jan 2013
We purchased SpeedTools Pro directly from Intech.
It seems that apart from the Benchmark Utility there is not much worth in the software. When we tried to scan an external drive for bad blocks the program would just bring up an error icon but the text said all was fine or it would just quit. Drive Genius and TechTool Pro both had absolutely no trouble scanning the same drive.
Our support request email on this issue was completely ignored.
[Version 3.8.3]


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Drtyrell969 commented on 31 Jan 2013
I saw MacKeeper and immediately closed my browser. Don't need McAfee 2.0.
[Version 3.8.3]

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Drtyrell969 replied on 14 Feb 2013
MacKeeper attempts to embed itself to the maximum degree, a bit like McAfee did using the Window's registry. No one needs that level of intrusion in their life. I'm glad to hear you have little association with that product. On a separate note, I've been trying to contribute to your FLUX product for some time now with absolutely NO response from you folks. It's a neat idea, but lacks and drag and drop features, which blows the mind. Any suggestions about how to help?
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc commented on 31 Jan 2013
Remember, this is from Macware, the same people that bring you MacKeeper. I've had to uninstall MacKeeper a few times for people who were fooled into buying it by the fancy publicity, who hadn't a clue what it does or how to use it. It's like the old Norton Utilities to uninstall - that is, it scatters chuff all over your system. Bear in mind that the blurb for DiskTools Pro says it can fix your boot drive without resorting to an alternate boot source, which is a half-truth at best. There are some operations you can perform on an active system, but many others you cannot. DiskTools Pro cannot change those rules, whatever their publicity says. While the MacUpdate deal price is appealing, consider that in most cases you get what you pay for. I'd be suspicious of anything with a discount that deep.
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc replied on 14 Feb 2013
@ Macware Inc.: You'd like us to stop talking about MacKeeper, but the fact that you distribute that crapware along with other products unavoidably tarnishes your brand. DiskTools Pro may be a perfectly fine app, but many people, like me, have come to distrust Macware because you also sell MacKeeper.

As for the repairs DiskTools Pro can run on an active boot drive, the system files it cannot test may, and often are, the source of serious problems. Running tests on all but those files may easily lull a user into a false sense of security. Sure, a partial check is better than no check at all, but it's no substitute for full system analysis and repair. To suggest that it is, is misleading and irresponsible.

MacKeeper and DiskTools Pro are, each in their own way, an attempt to provide a one-stop solution for system maintenance. But running system repairs from a boot drive is an inherently incomplete solution. No amount of advertising hype will change this. Micromat has tried to make complete disk maintenance easier for people who don't want to create a standalone utility disk by developing TechTool Protogo, which can install a bootable utility suite on almost any external media, including flash drives. Unfortunately, the product is rather expensive and it's perfectly natural for people to look for cheaper alternatives. Sadly, though some may be cheaper they are not nearly as complete. Ultimately you get what you pay for.

I understand why developers are chasing the holy grail of a computer maintenance suite that non-techies can use with ease and confidence. But the nature of computer maintenance mitigates against any such solution. The simple fact is that Micromat has come the closest with TechTool Pro. The app has evolved and improved so that it is now easier to use than it once was, though it still requires a minimum of expertise to use competently. I have employed a variety of excellent utilities over the years, DiskWarrior, Drive Genius and iDefrag to name a few. I still use DiskWarrior regularly. But if you can afford only one such program, TechTool Pro remains the most complete option.

To complicate that matter, however, there are some repairs that can only be run on an active system. For these there are many apps to choose from: Maintenance (http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/16790/maintenance) is the easiest to use and is free; it's the one I recommend most often to friends and clients who are computer-phobic. For a bit more power and control I like Cocktail (http://maintain.se/cocktail), which is still shareware after all these years (you can try before you buy) but costs $14 for a single license; that is, in my opinion, quite reasonable for what it does. YMMV.
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Murune reviewed on 31 Jan 2013
Got this as part of the recent Macheist. The version provided by MH resulted in hangs and the update wouldn't accept my serial number. Multiple emails to the developer went unanswered. If you're interested, the discussion forum on the product at MH (where other people had the same experience as I did) is at http://macheist.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=23939.
[Version 3.8.3]

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Murune replied on 15 Feb 2013
The trouble ticket I opened in October is still unanswered. User msu on the macheist forums got similar treatment, but was eventually told that there was no way to find the problem without sending his disk in. That's been my experience, as I pointed out others can read through the MH forums.
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Bunky commented on 17 Aug 2012
Just got an email from MacWare begging me to download
DiskTools Pro for $10.00...
The "more info" sez it is compatible w/OSX 10.7
whaddaya think?
My rating is so I could post this message
[Version 3.6]

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Craig42a replied on 17 Aug 2012
I got the email, too. It doesn't say anywhere what version you are buying. That's kind of important information.
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Craig42a replied on 17 Aug 2012
I would read all the mixed reviews below and make up your mind based on that. I have no experience with this program, but if it's good, it's a bargain for $10.

I own TechTool Pro but have barely used it. Also when I got this in a bundle, But I, like everyone else, got the old version, not the current version. I did not like that.

I bought Disk Warrior when it first came out but have not upgraded for a number of years. That said, if I had any play money to spend, or an emergency I had to deal with, I would go with Disk Warrior. This is based on my personal experience with this sw and its professional development

That's not to say this is inferior. But like I said, read all the user reviews and make your own mind up.
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Macware Inc. (developer) replied on 25 Sep 2012
Bunky, we are not begging you, but just extending a great offer for a limited time. DiskTools Pro works on Mac OS X 10.4 through 10.8 (Mountain Lion). We are updating the Updater file on MacUpdate as I type this reply, and the full version that is compatible with Mountain Lion is already available for download on the Macware website. Try it out if you want, and if you like it I would appreciate it if you could reflect that in your rating.
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Harristype replied on 25 Sep 2012
Also, just in reply to the half-star rating, you can do a comment without any rating, rather than dragging down a developer's average rating.
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Xenophile replied on 02 Oct 2012
You gave this a half star rating because....why exactly? So you could ask a question in an area devoted to ratings?

What. An. A55H0L3.

Instead of spamming MU with your questions, why don't you ask the developer what versions of OS X are supported by DiskTools Pro? Let me guess, you tried sending an email asking him about support, but you had to insult him in the title to ask the question, so he never responded?
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GeoProf replied on 14 Oct 2012
Craig42a, I too bought DiskWarrior many years ago (in 2005), but Alsoft has only asked for one update fee since that time (when v. 3.x was updated to 4.0). In most cases I was able to download the DW updaters for free and use the app to great effect ON any startup volume FROM any other startup volume. Of course, I’m only talking about the DW updaters, not the new DW DVDs that are made available whenever it is updated and which can boot any Mac newer than the model I was using when I bought it — if I wanted that, I’d have to pay the update/DVD fee to get it, but I have never done so because I simply run DiskWarrior FROM a full OS X startup disk that resides on a different volume (usually a portable hard drive or large flash drive containing a full installation of OS X and all my disk utilities) ON whichever volume needs repair. This capacity has been crucial for me on several occasions over the years because my other major disk utilities (TechTool Pro, Drive Genius & DiskTools Pro) have been repeatedly unable to repair FUBARed disks that the most recent version of DiskWarrior was able to fix with ease.

So, it’s absolutely worth the time and effort to update to the newest version of DiskWarrior because it’s just so great at fixing directory problems (which are usually the cause of major disk problems that are not the result of faulty hardware) — especially since DiskTools Pro is such a halfassed utility. Drive Genius isn’t particularly good either, and though TechTool Pro has the best range of tools available and often works OK, it’s still a week competitor compared to DiskWarrior.
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conejo23 replied on 27 Oct 2012
You gave them half a star without having used the product? This is ridiculous. Cmon, think, man. This is someone's livelihood and you're just cavalierly screwing with something very important. The half star shouldn't go to the developer, it should go to you as an incompetent and careless reviewer. Now, I don't know about the product, just got it in a MacHeist bundle and will soon be taking it for a spin, but I wouldn't dream of reviewing an app without actually USING the app.

I don't know what you do for a living, but how would you like it if someone at your company or one of your customers got online and trashed your rep without EVER having dealt with you? That's what you just did to these guys.

Stupid.
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GeoProf replied on 27 Oct 2012
conejo23, don’t be a dumbass, and read all the other comments in this thread to see what Bunky and others are actually complaining about before you play your ‘holier than thou’ card.
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conejo23 replied on 27 Oct 2012
I'm not being a dumb ass. Bunky posted a half star rating so he could "post this message". He didn't review it, doesn't know what it's compatible with, doesn't appear to have ever used the app, but still saw fit to give it the worst possible rating. That is asinine, plain and simple.
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Dtruett1 replied on 02 Dec 2012
Asking $20 from me. Guess they think I have more money that I do.
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DovTodd replied on 31 Jan 2013
I see several posts here attacking someone who used a half-star for a review when actually a comment was meant and not a review. In all fairness, the real fault actually lies with the faulty user interface design of the MacUpdate page.

At the top of the page you see "(Write a Review)", but you don't see anything similar for posting a comment. It's not clear to newbie posters at first that comments can be made without touching the stars. I made the exact same mistake myself for another app on MacUpdate because of the way it looks at the top of the page when I was a newbie poster. So when the software gets dinged in this way, it's not the poster's fault, it's the fault of whoever designed the standard look of the MacUpdate page. You can tell when you see a line such as "My rating is so I could post this message". That tells you the poster didn't know how to avoid using the stars. I see the same thing happen with many newbie posters on the walls of many other apps elsewhere on MacUpdate who aren't sure at first how to post without touching the stars.

And once the post is made with stars by mistake, there's no way to go back and fix it, unless MacUpdate fixes it later from their end, as apparently happened here because I see no stars now.

MacUpdate really needs to redesign their page setup so this sort of user interface error would never show up in the first place.
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Lightning commented on 04 Aug 2012
In version 3.8 Benchmark function does not work in Mountain Lion.
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Macware Inc. (developer) replied on 25 Sep 2012
Version 3.8.3 should support Mountain Lion just fine.
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Daniel Albaugh had trouble on 28 Sep 2012
I had DiskTools Pro installed on an external USB drive I use for maintenance for my hard drives but couldn't get it to launch. When I attempted to do so it gave me an error saying I didn't have a license to use some MonkeyBread plugins. Other tools ran fine. It ran fine from my internal drive and reinstalling and updating didn't help so I reformatted. As I was about to click erase I noticed I had formatted the external drive as a case-sensitive Journaled filesystem. Reformatting as a MacOS Extended Journaled filesystem DiskTools Pro ran fine so it appears it doesn't like running from case sensitive filesystems.
[Version 3.8.3]


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mwab had trouble on 28 Apr 2011
ran one time, crashed, disktools pro will not restart! v 3.6
[Version 3.6]


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Syzzygy had trouble on 27 Apr 2011
I'd like to try this puppy out but can't activate it to get it going.
After launching DTP it requires one to enter user name and serial # or to purchase it; there's no option for a trial use.
Dunno, but maybe I should stay away from this app after Maluisa's report of experiencing major problems with it.
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Ldrki rated on 04 Apr 2014

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amgott rated on 31 Jan 2013

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EntryEz rated on 31 Jan 2013

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Widber rated on 31 Jan 2013

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maxfried rated on 21 Nov 2012

[Version 3.8.3]



GFielden rated on 15 May 2012

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Janus Madsen rated on 26 Dec 2011

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jdanek630 rated on 20 Oct 2011

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Dariocjabie rated on 19 Sep 2011

[Version 3.6]


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Type:Utilities : System
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Date:25 Sep 2012
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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DiskTools Pro makes Mac repair and maintenance painless, fast and easy. DiskTools Pro is the only utility software that allows you to schedule when to defragment, backup or repair bad sectors of your Mac. It also does not require you to run the tools from a boot DVD, CD or separate volumes in order to fix the startup volume. Use DiskTools Pro to defragment, repair volumes, scan and repair bad sectors, create bootable backups, monitor S.M.A.R.T. status, benchmark your Mac, test disk integrity, analyze drive capacity to free space on your Mac, and more.

Features:
  • Defragment your files
  • Create bootable backups
  • Find and fix bad sectors
  • Repair volumes
  • Receive S.M.A.R.T. alerts
  • Test disk integrity
  • Benchmark your volumes
  • Analyze drive capacity
  • Repair damaged preference files
  • Monitor your CPU
  • Find and repair broken aliases
  • Allows you to test and repair multiple volumes all at once
  • Offers full multiprocessor compatibility to handle any system configuration
  • Lists the largest files on a disk so you can remove them or archive them


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