Reprinted from ��� February ����� www.macuser.co.uk SOFTwARE LAbS Disk and data utilities DISK REPAIR TOOL blocks. This isn’t a common R NE fault, but it only takes a few Drive Genius LA bS wI N key blocks to go bad for your precious hard drive to start acting like a high-tech brick. Drive Genius was the only tool that managed to ABCDE fix this, and it returned our drive to healthy, working Price £61.34 (£52.20 ex VAT) from Amazon.co.uk Contact AM Micro 01392 426473 + prosofteng.com status without fuss. We Pros Fixed almost all problems + Clear interface did eventually find ways of Cons None significant mucking up a drive so that Drive Genius couldn’t work Prosoft’s Drive Genius proved itself with it. Even so, this did do worthy of its name two years ago when we last the best job all round, even looked this closely at disk utilities. Since then, it pipping Disk Warrior at the has become a Universal Binary application and post. The verify, repair and rebuild processes bad blocks, disk image creation for copying is used by Apple in its ProCare programme, an are presented in a clear and undramatic volumes, file defragmenting, and Shred, impressive accolade indeed. manner, so you won’t feel you’re meddling a secure erase process that can wipe When we put Drive Genius to the test with things you shouldn’t. Most operations are free space or your entire drive to a level this time around, it stood up as well as it did also performed fairly quickly, which is always that meets US Department of Defence before. It remained unflustered by any of the a good thing when you’re on the verge of security standards. problems we gave it, finding and working on panic. When we investigated the recovered As well as running as a standalone utility, disk volumes even when they refused to show volumes after each recovery process, we were Drive Genius comes on a Universal Binary up at all in most other tools. This proved to never disappointed, apart from with our most bootable disc ready for Intel and PowerPC be the only tool other than Apple’s own Disk extreme torture test. Macs. We recommend always knowing Utility capable of finding and repairing our test Drive Genius provides several other where this is on your shelves. For disk volume with damage to the master directory goodies, including Scan, for testing for repair, this is the business. FILE RECOVERY TOOL R comes to looking through NE Data Rescue II LA bS wI N your disk for data. The Quick Scan method is recommended as the first thing to try, although it may not find everything. This was the case in our ABCDE experience, although it did a Price £54.99 (£46.80 ex VAT) from Amazon.co.uk fair job most of the time. Contact AM Micro 01392 426473 + prosofteng.com The Thorough Scan method Pros A little faster than the competition + Finds deleted files + Rescues data from damaged disks took significantly longer, but Cons Results may need renaming it did find items that Quick Scan missed. The Deleted Files method is meant for Prosoft’s second entry in this Software times when your disk is Labs test is Data Rescue II. As its name working well and you need to recover files that issues. In these cases using Clone, the final suggests, this is a utility dedicated to rescuing have been deleted rather than for rescuing option, to make a bit-level duplicate of the data rather than repairing drives, which work from a failing disk. drive on a different device is a useful strategy. makes it a good complementary product to Finally, we liked that we could save a file Prosoft claims Data Rescue II’s strategy for Drive Genius. It concentrates on finding scan attempt as a file and use it later on. The performing its job means it produces better readable files from a recalcitrant disk, scanning process can take a long time, results than its competitors. While we found scouring the entire structure rather than especially the Thorough Scan option, so this claim difficult to substantiate – the two looking at a probably damaged directory this let us pick up where we left off. direct competitors did excellent listing. Curiously, this was the only tool that The Expert view adds Analyse and Clone jobs themselves – it’s good at what it does. had separate PowerPC and Intel boot discs. to the choices. Analyse can give a rough idea Apple’s recent worldwide internal licence for The software is Universal, however, so there’s of the volume’s ability to be read by Data Data Rescue II bears testament to this. no other difference. Rescue II, which is useful where hardware- Data Rescue II offers a few options when it specific problems might cause data read Reprinted from ��� February ����� www.macuser.co.uk SOFTwARE LAbS Disk and data utilities The winners MacUser Labs tests, whether for Drive Genius wins the award for disk recovery hardware or software, try to find the very best of faults and managed to do this without fuss or and repair for its handling of the widest range of faults without fuss. out of the collection of products on test, a confusing array of options, earning its place helping you choose which single item you once more as the king should buy. However, things are not quite that of the disk repair tools. straightforward in this Labs. We have selected The file recovery tools also presented a winner, or rather one winner for each of the something of a challenge when it came to two categories, but we also recommend that picking the best of the bunch. In particular, you consider buying at least one of the other SubRosaSoft’s FileSalvage was a very strong tools contender for this crown: its abilities to restore as well. There’s no room for personal files that had been thrown away and recover preferences when it comes to disk and file data from scrambled and even physically recovery, so make sure you have everything damaged drives was close to miraculous. you need when you need it. Quite seriously, if However, in the end, it was Prosoft’s Data you can afford it, buy them all. Rescue II that came out on top. Data Rescue II When it came to disk recovery and repair, performed as well as FileSalvage, but its other all of the products, including Apple’s Disk options clinched the deal. Its scanning process Utility, have something to offer. Alsoft’s Disk runs a little more quickly, and the list of found Warrior deserves a special mention, files can be examined just a little more easily. as it handled itself well and presented the least We’re sure the software developers stressful interface of them all – a rather will understand when we say that we hope we’ll important point when you’re faced with the never need either of these tools – or any of the possible loss of a precious hard disk. In the others we tested. But we’ll certainly sleep a little end, though, it was Prosoft’s Drive Genius that more soundly after seeing what Drive Genius, Data Rescue II clinched the top spot for its scanning speed and extra options. convinced us, as it handled the widest range Data Rescue II and the rest can do.