Phoenix
Phoenix
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Phoenix free download for Mac

Phoenix

2.1.1.10
28 January 2016

Create emergency boot disks, recover damaged files, and do basic cloning.

Overview

Phoenix is an operating-system tool that allows a user to perform basic cloning operations, retrieve undamaged files from a damaged hard drive, attempt recovery of damaged files from a drive, identify which files on a drive are damaged, and create an independent emergency boot volume, known as a Phoenix Boot Volume. Phoenix may be obtained as a standalone product or in one of our fully featured version of Scannerz, which include Scannerz, Phoenix, FSE or FSE-Lite, and Performance Probe. All applications are now fully certified for use on Mac OS X versions from 10.6 (Snow Leopard) up through 10.11 (El Capitan).

In its cloning mode, Phoenix can be used to easily transfer the contents of one volume to another. All you need to do is format a target volume or drive, select the source you want to clone, and then click a few buttons on the user interface, and the cloning will proceed. Because Phoenix uses sequential file copying rather than binary block copying, the newly created volume will be fully defragmented (applicable to hard drives only).

Unlike Disk Utility's binary block copying, cloning on Phoenix is file oriented. This means that if the size of the partition on a clone target doesn't exactly match or exceed the overall size of the source volume, the clone will succeed anyway, provided there's enough free space on the target volume. In addition, if a drive is corrupt or damaged, Phoenix can attempt to recover the damaged files and continue cloning operations where Disk Utility and some other cloning tools would just fail and tell you the operation couldn't be completed with no detailed explanation. The Phoenix log file will tell you exactly which files failed to copy or were having problems, so you'll know what needs to be replaced if needed. Phoenix will continue to plow through the drive and recover what it can.

Finally, Phoenix can create a Phoenix Boot Volume. A Phoenix Boot Volume is created by extracting the core operating-system components from an existing system and copying them to a target volume. The resulting volume is a "work alike" of an original OS installation which can be used to host testing tools like Scannerz for OS X, FSE, or any of our other tools (or anyone else's, for that matter), or it can be used itself as a source of an operating system installation. Unlike other emergency drive tools, a Phoenix Boot Volume is not a limited operating system, it's a full install of OS X. Many people having drive problems need access to web browsers and even e-mail, and with a Phoenix Boot Volume, you will have that access. Other products offer nothing more than basic access to the system and usually their own proprietary tools.

What's new in Phoenix

Version 2.1.1.10:
  • Full support for OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
  • All operations under OS X 10.11 El Capitan will be be much faster than previous releases.
  • Performance improvements should be noticeable on older operating systems as well
  • Minor bug fixes

1 Phoenix Reviews

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Annie-Walker
26 June 2015

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Any chance for a fully working demo? Thanks.
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Version 2.0.0.1
Annie-Walker
26 June 2015
Any chance for a fully working demo? Thanks.
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Version 2.0.0.1
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wvwagner
wvwagner
28 January 2016
Hi Annie:

Sorry it took us so long to get back to you. Some of our products, such as Scannerz, Phoenix, FSE, and Performance Probe are very, very, very operating system release dependent because they access the kernel. We used to offer demos on these products but some third party sites apparently "raid" MacUpdate (and other sites, I suppose) and then post the demos. The problem is, they often don't update them when updates come out, and in some cases they don't even understand what the product does and just throw together a description that's not accurate.

Phoenix was designed to be a support tool for Scannerz, which is a hard drive/system test tool. Phoenix can attempt to clone data off a failing drive and will tell you what files failed to copy if the disk is damaged. This applies to both hard drives and SSDs.

If a file on a hard drive has damaged sectors, Phoenix will make numerous attempts to recover it, and its log files will tell you which file is damaged. There's typically about a 30% chance on a hard drive that the file may be recovered. With SSDs, if a block has gone bad, it will likely not be recoverable, but at least you'll know which file has problems. Although many people seem to think SSDs are "invincible" the fact is they can, once in a while, drop blocks, just like a sector on a hard drive may go bad for no apparent reason (usually a media defect in both cases). On an SSD, this will occur after a file has been written hence S.M.A.R.T. analysis will not necessarily detect the problem, but I/O errors will occur.

With all that said, Phoenix as a cloning tool is very basic. Essentially, you're doing a drive recovery (clone with attempted error recovery) on a drive with no problems. It's very simple. There are other products on the market that are quite good if you want more elaborate cloning, but for a basic clone, Phoenix will do the job. Some people just want a basic clone and nothing more, and needless to say, the error recovery option will be a plus in the event a hard drive or SSD has problems they may not be aware of.

I should add that the recovery Phoenix attempts is a hardware failure type of recovery, not an index correction recovery. Phoenix cannot correct or help repair indexing problems.

Once again, sorry for the delay, and thanks for the question. Our support e-mail is :

support@scsc-online.com

if you have further questions and want a quicker response.

By the way, our product ClearTime for Mac OS X is NOT kernel sensitive and we have a demo of it here on MacUpdate as well as our own website.

Best wishes,

Bill Wagner
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Annie-Walker
Annie-Walker
28 January 2016
Bill: Cannot thank you enough‼️ I know the time you invested to give me such a complete answer, and not many folks would do that.. ;-) Appreciate what I learned in your reply, and I'll look closely at the other products you mentioned. Bye‼️
Annie
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  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.6.0 or later
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