Nicolas Martin
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Nicmart reviewed on 21 May 2011
I was using it only for Downloader, but then one day Downloader stopped working. Real has only one canned response: check to see if the browser plug-ins are installed. If they are, as in my case, then there is no solution. And this has been the case for years. Ergo, it is valueless to me.
[Version 12.0.0]


Nicmart reviewed on 19 May 2011
Not my cup of tea, based on a short time with the fully featured demo.

It seems to add clutter without great benefit. If you want to view newly arrived mail from multiple mailboxes, you either have to instruct MP to dump them into one window, or float different windows for each mailbox. This is not as efficient as Apple's design. I have not found a way to select several messages to delete at one time in the MP Inbox, so I have to return to Mail's Message Viewer, which is inefficient. Quick View is more troublesome than just selecting a message to view in Mail. The small benefits of this add-on, such as an alarm when new messages arrive, don't improve the original app much in my view. Bells and whistles for the sake of noise, rather than improved efficiency.
[Version 1.0.2]


Nicmart reviewed on 14 Jul 2010
In 2007 I tried to install the first version of DasBoot on a USB flash drive and failed. Now I've tried the same with DasBoot 2.0 and failed again. It took a very long time to install DiskWarrier and a few other utilities on an 8GB stick, but the install appeared to be a success. However, when I tried to boot from the stick, holding down the option key and selecting the stick at boot, it didn't take and reverted to booting from the internal drive. So I tried selecting the USB stick from startup disk prefs, and the iMac (Intel) simply rebooted again and again without mounting.

When I had problems in 2007 the developers didn't respond to my request for help. I won't bother to ask this time. They still haven't seen fit to produce any user instructions.

DasBoot costs nothing, and in my experience it is worth nothing.
[Version 2.0]

nicmart commented on 03 Feb 2009
I downloaded TidyUp and scanned two drives with important files. It found about 11,000 duplicates very rapidly. But TidyUp is so unclear that I wasn't about delete anything. The interface needs a major rewrite to make it crystal clear.
[Version 1.4.9]

nicmart commented on 06 Aug 2007
My first experience with SuperDuper! was with 2.1.4, and I'm afraid it didn't match the many positive reviews. I wanted to "erase and copy" about 550 GB from a two-drive 1 TB 0 RAID to a 1 TB single drive. This copy method is quite slow, taking more than 10 hours, so I let it work overnight. During the transfer of the 54,000 files, SuperDuper found one it didn't like after copying about 40,000 and I woke up to an error message. Rather than stopping the entire operation, SD! should be able to skip problem files and allow the user to decide later what to do with them. After some contacts with tech support, I resolved to delete the problem file and continue to copy. It finished fine. BUT! When the copying finished my 1 TB target drive reported a capacity of just 429 GB, and I had only 22 GB free. Half of my new drive's capacity has become invisible. Tech support has no explanation, but it would appear that SD! may have a problem copying from a striped RAID. But why, since, according to the publisher, it merely copies files? I've never had a problem copying from the same RAID before using other copy utilities (e.g., Deja Vu), even to a target RAID. Tech support was quick and cordial, but without solutions.
[Version 2.1.4]

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nicmart replied on 06 Aug 2007
I should add to my prior comment that, instead of reporting that a file is bad, the SD! error message says that there is no more disk space available. The utility should be more savvy than that.

nicmart replied on 07 Aug 2007
FYI. After my failure with SD I downloaded and used Carbon Copy Cloner. I encountered none of the problems I had with SuperDuper and it cloned much faster. I don't discount that others have good experiences with SD, but this is what happened to me.
nicmart commented on 02 May 2007
I have tried to use Das Boot to install DiskWarrier 4 on a USB flash drive connected to a Mac mini core duo, but DiskWarrier doesn't show as a selectable option. The publisher didn't respond to my support request.
[Version 1.0.2]

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