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 DISK REPAIR TOOL                                                     blocks. This isn’t a common
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                                                                      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.




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                                                                      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
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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.

				
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