Charles Srstka
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Charless reviewed on 29 Apr 2011
Great app, but it needs to be made 64-bit.

Now, before you assume I'm one of the trolls who posts this comment on virtually every app on MacUpdate, hear me out. In order to construct a replacement directory, DiskWarrior first reads the entire directory structures of the disk into RAM, and then uses that data to construct a new one. This works great for most drives, with one little problem: Time Machine backup drives, with the massive number of hard links they may contain, can quite easily end up with directory structures that take up more than 4 GiB... and when this happens, DiskWarrior is not able to operate on that drive due to the 4 GiB RAM limitations of 32-bit apps. Since Time Machine is in widespread use these days, DiskWarrior needs to either become 64-bit or utilize some sort of disk caching in order to avoid reading the entire directories into RAM.

As long as your disk directories are under 4 GiB, though, great app. It can often save disks that no other utilities can. The trouble these days is, lots of the time these days your main drive is backed up on the Time Machine drive, so it doesn't really matter — you can just reformat and restore the drive from backup. The one drive that's likely *not* to be backed up already and thus is more worth the time to repair is — you guessed it — the Time Machine drive. So, this app really does need an update.
[Version 4.3]



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Charlessoft (developer) commented on 03 Mar 2008
The new version I just uploaded today, version 2.5.2, should fix the crashing problem. If you experience any more problems in the future, please send me an e-mail as it makes things like this much easier to diagnose. Thanks!
[Version 2.5.1]



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Charlessoft (developer) commented on 17 Feb 2008
Could you people who are getting crashes *please* e-mail me with a crash log? I am not getting these crashes when doing any of the things you describe on my machine, and I will not be able to fix anything without more information. Thanks!
[Version 2.5.1]



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CharlesS reviewed on 14 Apr 2006
This is a great program for deleting needed files and hosing your OS X installation. It's not strictly needed, though, since you could accomplish much the same effect by dragging your /System directory to the Trash and entering the admin password.

In all seriousness, beware of this utility. By default, it removes all architectures other than your machine's native architecture. This means that on an Intel Mac, it will delete all PowerPC code from universal binaries. Now, you might think this would only apply to applications on your system. You'd be wrong. This program will strip the PowerPC code from *all* universal binaries on your system, including all the system libraries and frameworks. The problem with this is that for PowerPC-only apps to run in Rosetta, they *need* the PowerPC code in those libraries and frameworks.

The upshot of this is that THIS APPLICATION WILL PREVENT ROSETTA FROM WORKING AT ALL until you do an Archive and Install.

For this reason, I would recommend against using this highly dangerous app. Messing with the system is a very risky thing to do. Sometimes those "unneeded" files aren't as unneeded as they appeared at first glance...
[Version 1.3.2]



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