TechTool Pro
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TechTool Pro is now 7, and this is the most advanced version of the acclaimed Macintosh troubleshooting utility created in its 20-year history. Micromat has redeveloped TechTool Pro 7 to be fully 64-bit compatible, which allows the program to run more efficiently on the latest Macintosh computers. We also added a fantastic new RAM test that can find problems which no other utility can; and we also improved many of the testing, repair, and maintenance routines.

New Memory Test. We've taken almost 2 years to develop one of the most advanced memory tests in
What's New
Version 7.0.3:

Note: Owners of earlier versions of TechTool Pro can upgrade to version 7 for $39.99.

  • Fixed SMART Check to display correctly with zero threshold value.
  • Fixed eDrive Restart button for Thunderbolt hard drives with an eDrive volume.
  • Updated SPD Reader tool to prevent excessive logging.
  • Fixed a reported issue with Volume Cloning tool.
  • Additional support for Mac Pro (Late 2013).
  • Updated the Cache dial to support up to 32MB.
  • Updated eDrive to avoid copying unnecessary files and folders.
  • Updated Bonjour service names for the Local Network tool.
  • Updated French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese (Simplified) localization.
  • Many additional machine and location identification strings.
Version 7.0.3:

Note: Owners of earlier versions of TechTool Pro can upgrade to version 7 for $39.99.

  • Fixed SMART Check to display correctly with zero threshold value.
  • Fixed eDrive Restart button for Thunderbolt hard drives with an eDrive volume.
  • Updated SPD Reader tool to prevent excessive logging.
  • Fixed a reported issue with more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later





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lurkingremlin commented on 24 Apr 2014
New version 7.0.3 has been released:

Fixed SMART Check to display correctly with zero threshold value.
Fixed eDrive Restart button for Thunderbolt hard drives with an eDrive volume.
Updated SPD Reader tool to prevent excessive logging.
Fixed a reported issue with Volume Cloning tool.
Additional support for Mac Pro (Late 2013).
Updated the Cache dial to support up to 32MB.
Updated eDrive to avoid copying unnecessary files and folders.
Updated Bonjour service names for the Local Network tool.
Updated French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese (Simplified) localization.
Many additional machine and location identification strings.
[Version 7.0.2]


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Foulger commented on 12 Apr 2014
TTP has been vilified (and rightly so) for many years now. The developers have come up with a rejuvenated product. Unfortunately for the price, I cannot justify buying without a trial. Why have Micromat not provided, say, a 5 or 10 try demo version so the "new" product can be judged prior to purchase?
[Version 7.0.2]


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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 7.0.2]


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Fizgig reviewed on 09 Feb 2014
As a support tech. I can honestly say TechTool is an indispensable part of my tool box. It has saved hard drive contents where other utilities have failed --- including DiskWarrior, Drive Genius, and Apple's Disk Utility (all of which are also part of my tool box). The hardware tests in TechTool are the best around. The protection tools have saved many of my clients' work from destruction/loss many times over. I've been using TechTool on every version of OS X without issues. There are SOME things that other utilities do better, I'll be honest about that, such as directory repairs & permission repairs (DiskWarrior is superior in those areas), but for preventing losses it is by far the best. It gets better with each new version, though. For diagnosing hardware problems there is nothing better!
[Version 7.0.2]


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Hotmac reviewed on 10 Jan 2014
Paid for the upgrade but couldn't use TT Protection anymore with the new version. I reported this to the developers but they gave just a few general advices (uninstall, re-install etc.) which didn't solve the problem. Three e mails later the developers gave up without letting me know what I can do to solve this problem. Without TT protection TechTool is almost useless for me.
[Version 7.0.2]


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Strych9 commented on 26 Oct 2013
BE CAREFUL, some files are reported as defective png, movie,bookmark.plist... and they are in perfect order, can be opened, played, checked...

So do not blindly delete them!!!!
[Version 7.0.1]


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Macvet22 reviewed on 11 Oct 2013
Upgraded due to file corruption and space concerns after a decade away and now using Intel Macbook at Snow Lp etc.

Functionally not a lot different as others say, but having the utility and being able to examine details of file and volume structure that "OSX just takes care of" and "fragmentation isn't a problem any longer"is comforting.

Haven't yet made use of eDrive but noting that my 200GB main partition only has a largest free space of 400MB indicates that a lot of file chopping will be done daily that is unnecessary CPU and disk overheads.

That is the value of a tool that can identify and raise user awareness. The lowest rating I have given is value for money, but that's because I can knowing what I'd paid in the past. I have plenty of other free/ shareware utilities that I use so not churlish enough to not want a professional tool from time to time, especially when on a next model machine and OS.
[Version 7.0.1]


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Armpit reviewed on 10 Oct 2013
I came to respond to The "fall bundle" by invitation. It's no where to be found, not even with a search. What a bait and switch. Even if some of your apps are of value you have ruined them with you sleazy marketing frauds.
[Version 7.0.1]

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Misha replied on 11 Nov 2013
The bundle offer ended in early October.
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Photochromatic reviewed on 05 Oct 2013
A rubbish upgrade - not a lot has really changed since version 4.
eDrive won't work if you have a Bootcamp volume on your startup disc - i.e. most laptop users with Bootcamp.
[Version 7.0.1]

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Micromat, Inc. (developer) replied on 01 Nov 2013
Unfortunately, the Mac OS doesn't allow additional partitions once a bootcamp partition is in place. You can, however, create an eDrive on an external hard drive, or even a Mac-formatted USB thumb drive. (32 GB or larger)
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Mac Os X 4ever replied on 11 Nov 2013
You can have as many as you want. Mac, Win, Linux, etc.
http://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/
I have many boot volumes on the same drive on my MacBook, so maybe you can use the EFI to boot eDrive too.
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Grandpa John commented on 30 Sep 2013
A caveat to those who like me are thinking of upgrading from TTP6 to TTP7. Micromat do not mention this anywhere in the listing, but if you have an Apple Fusion drive (or any drive that uses the Apple Core media format), stay away! I found out too late and downloaded the update only to find that it is useless on my iMac with a 3TB Fusion drive, and now can't get my money back.
[Version 7.0.1]

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Tommac replied on 02 Oct 2013
Right! I bought it because of eDrive, but no chance on Apple Fusion Drive.
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Macvet22 replied on 11 Oct 2013
There's some mention in Help or FAQs I recall.
But anyone upgrading anything should check the merits, not do so blindly at any time.
Nothing special about this one is any worse than other software IMHO.
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Micromat, Inc. (developer) replied on 01 Nov 2013
Official Fusion support will be available in our next update, version 7.0.2. In the meantime, you can create an eDrive on an external disk, and use that to troubleshoot your Fusion drive.
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Grandpa John replied on 02 Nov 2013
Just to reply to Macvet22. Your argument would hold true only if the software author were to mention in the "Compatibility" section that Fusion or Hybrid drives are NOT compatible with the recent software version. If I had seen anything like that, I would not have updated until they get it right.
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Gryp had trouble on 05 Oct 2013
I purchased this as part of the macupdate bundle, but all links send me to a page where I cannot download it, but only purchase it singly.
[Version 7.0.1]

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Gryp replied on 05 Oct 2013
Where can I download it?
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Lacoeur replied on 07 Oct 2013
I sent a request to support and they told me I had to download the whole package. Considering that some of the items are duplicate or files that I don't want, this was extremely frustrating. This is the only software that they require you download with Gigabytes of other software.
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TraciM6488 had trouble on 05 Oct 2013
I purchased it as part of the bundle, but there is no link for downloading is provided for TTP 7, or is there? I have sent an e-mail but no answer for more than 2 days.

Where can I download it?

Thanks!
[Version 7.0.1]


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hugelshofer had trouble on 14 Apr 2013
The TechTool Protection Pref Pane has changed settings after launching the App itself!

I dont want any monitory in the background at all, so I turned everything off!
But it does ignore my will, and in the "Volume Usage" tab, it has changed from Off to On (monitoring free Disk space).
[Version 6.0.6]

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hugelshofer replied on 14 Apr 2013
even if I do not launch the App itself, the monitoring is set to ON.
ergo, the bug is in the Pref Pane itself.

--> The settings do not get saved OR it just ignores my will ;)
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hugelshofer had trouble on 21 Jan 2013
@MacUpdate
please correct the name:
This App is called "TechTool Pro 6"

--> the number is included in the name of the App
[Version 6.0.6]


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John132 had trouble on 29 Sep 2012
I upgraded to TTP version 6.0.6 and found that the graphical representation no longer appears when you are running the volume optimization. Has anyone else had this issue?

I reinstalled version 6.0.5 and the graphical representation shows correctly when running the Volume Optimization.
[Version 6.0.6]


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Hilbo60 had trouble on 09 Aug 2012
Micromat's website appears to be down!
[Version 6.0.4]


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Aargl had trouble on 08 Oct 2011
I've tried versions 6.x and they all mess a disk which has "permissions disabled", making impossible to move any file or folder and to change permissions or anything!
I could only fix the problem with DiskWarrior 4.3.
Note that version 5.0.7 was working correctly.
[Version 6.0.3]

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Aargl replied on 08 Oct 2011
I must add that the disks that have not "permissions disabled" seem to work correctly.
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Brighthalo had trouble on 25 Aug 2010
Does any one know where to download this? I have a valid serial purchased from here but I can not find a download link that doesn't lead me to some other page with no download link on the developers website.

Can any one suggest an alternative application for disk recovery that when purchased can actually be downloaded from the developer for use?
[Version 5.0.7]


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Robotank had trouble on 21 Apr 2010
This is rather annoying. I have a TechTool Pro 5 license from a MacUpdate bundle a while ago, but this includes access to a 5.0.4 version of the TechTool Pro DVD, the installer from which will not work, presumably because I'm on Snow Leopard. So, I have no way to install the program and update to a new Snow Leopard compatible version from within, and of course it's not possible to do something as simple as download the installer from the Micromat website. What a bunch of crap. I understand that they don't provide free updates to the DVD, which is fine, but all I want is the little installer app, which I think I should be able to get without having to register on the Micromat website and contacting technical support.
[Version 5.0.7]

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Jay.bee_kelly replied on 11 May 2010
You may want to contact their techsupport (707)566-3860 or help@micromat.com.
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Loosygoosy had trouble on 29 Aug 2009
While I know the software is not officially Snow Leopard supported as of right now it still runs quite well with the exception of the TechTool Protection preference pane inside the System Preferences, once clicked it will cause the System Preferences to crash. Just thought I'd mention that.
[Version 5.0.5]

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alenz replied on 31 Aug 2009
I have the same problem. TechTool Protection preference pane crashes consistently after installing Snow Leopard
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jr23 replied on 11 Sep 2009
I'm running 10.5.8 on a MacBook (late 2006), and the TechTool Protection preference pane launches and crashes within seconds, crashing System Preferences and requiring its relaunch. So, doesn't seem to be unique to Snow Leopard. Did it work for you under Leopard?
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jr23 replied on 11 Sep 2009
Dug around a little, found info on trashing the preference pane (in my case it was in my ~/Library/PreferencePanes directory). Doing that, it now launches and System Preferences doesn't crash. Wondering if this will help with Snow Leopard. To try this, be sure to quit TechTool Pro app first, then delete the preference pane. When you relaunch TechTool Pro app, it will ask if you want to install the Protection pref pane.
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Loosygoosy replied on 11 Sep 2009
Trashing the pref file stopped the crashing on Snow Leopard although it will ask for my system password each time I enter the TechTool Preference Pane but nonetheless it works, thanks a lot.

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[Version 7.0.1]


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Version Downloads:349
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License:Commercial
Date:24 Apr 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $99.99
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TechTool Pro is now 7, and this is the most advanced version of the acclaimed Macintosh troubleshooting utility created in its 20-year history. Micromat has redeveloped TechTool Pro 7 to be fully 64-bit compatible, which allows the program to run more efficiently on the latest Macintosh computers. We also added a fantastic new RAM test that can find problems which no other utility can; and we also improved many of the testing, repair, and maintenance routines.

New Memory Test. We've taken almost 2 years to develop one of the most advanced memory tests in the industry. As part of the RAM test, we've also added a fantastic SPD report that shows you an enormous amount of technical and other interesting information about your computer's memory.

Improved Tests. Besides the Memory test, we've improved many of the existing tests in TechTool Pro 7 to run more efficiently and to find and repair more problems than the previous version. We've also greatly improved our volume optimization feature.

Drive Testing and Repair. Your Mac's hard drive, even if it is a Solid State Drive, is more likely to experience problems than any other component on your Mac. Because data changes so frequently, it can sometimes get scrambled. Most drive problems, however, result from data being in the wrong place, and can be repaired using Techtool Pro’s Volume Rebuild tool.

Emergency Startup Disk. If your startup disk stops working, and you need another startup disk, Techtool Pro’s eDrive steps in to help. The eDrive is what you’ll use to test, rebuild or defragment your main hard drive, but it is really helpful if your main startup disk goes missing. The eDrive gives you quick access to Techtool Pro along with several handy Apple utilities, and you can even add other programs if you like.

Protect Important Data. The best way to prevent data loss is to be prepared. In addition to a backup, Techtool Pro includes Techtool Protection, which keeps an eye on your trash, allowing you to undelete that file you didn’t mean to delete. You can also back up your directory structures, the ‘map’ of where your data lives, so that if you need to recover data from a corrupt drive, Techtool Pro’s Data Recovery tool will know exactly where to look. Better yet, use Techtool Pro’s Volume Cloning tool to create an additional backup.


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