DiskWarrior 5 brings faster speeds to disk repair
DiskWarrior, a popular disk utility software for the Mac platform, has received an update to version 5.0 bringing with it a new architecture, 64-bit support, and better fail detection and recovery. While DiskWarrior has been updated to support modern Macs, maker Alsoft is still supporting the older PowerPC platform with the new version 5.0. The utility ships on a bootable USB flash drive and can repair failed discs with greater speeds.
Here are all the new features supported by DiskWarrior 5:
- 64-Bit: Today's large disks can have large directories. Using the latest 64-bit technology allows DiskWarrior 5 to handle even the largest disks.
- Ships on a bootable flash drive to repair your startup disk: Flash drives start up much faster than DVDs and can be updated as needed.
- Includes the new DiskWarrior Recovery Maker: New Macs have new OS X startup requirements. DiskWarrior Recovery Maker updates your DiskWarrior Recovery flash drive with the latest OS X.
- Runs from OS X Recovery (Recovery HD): In an emergency, you no longer need a separate startup disk to run DiskWarrior on your startup disk unless your startup disk has partition table damage.
- Repairs partition table damage: Sometimes the damage is to the map that describes all your drive's partitions which makes all your partitions unavailable. DiskWarrior 5 can repair standard Mac GUID partition tables when started from the DiskWarrior Recovery flash drive.
- New architecture: Updated to use the newest OS X technologies while still supporting older PowerPC and Intel Macs that can no longer run the latest OS X.
- Significantly faster: For many disks, directory rebuilding is twice as fast as the previous version.
- Recovers more data from drives with hardware malfunctions: Recover your important files from most failing drives, possibly saving you thousands of dollars in professional recovery costs.
- Detects and repairs more disk problems than ever: The best is even better.
- New Directory Optimization Index: You can tell how efficient your directories are at a glance.
- Repairs Time Machine backup disks: Drives containing Time Machine back ups can have enormous directories that were often too large for DiskWarrior 4. The 64-bit memory addressing of DiskWarrior 5 allows these drives to be repaired or recovered.
The software isn't cheap, running $120 for the full version and $60 for an upgrade license if you've purchased a prior version. However, it could be an invaluable tool to save and recover your drive.
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DiskWarrior has been a valuable tool in my Mac troubleshooting arsenal for the better part of a decade. I'm looking forward to version 5, especially for the recovery disk installation feature.