DiskWarrior for Mac

DiskWarrior for Mac

Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 179 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0
  • Total Downloads:
    93,313
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 09, 2014
  • Price:
    Purchase; $119.95 to buy
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    335
  • Platform:
    Mac
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1 stars

"Cannot rebuild Time Machine disks - Deal breaker"

October 12, 2014  |  By FixMaX

 |  Version: DiskWarrior 4.0

Pros

None. See below. It is FALSE what Alsoft claims at its web site:

Question. Can I rebuild the directory of a hard drive that contains a Time Machine backup?
Answer. Yes, you can use DiskWarrior 4.x to rebuild the directory of a hard drive that contains a Time Machine backup.

Repairs Time Machine backup disks
Time Machine relies on a new directory structure called a directory hard link. DiskWarrior 4 version 4.1 and later repairs damaged directory hard links and can rescue a lost Time Machine backup.

ALL THAT IS NOT TRUE. IT IS FALSE.

Cons

Cannot rebuild Time Machine disks - Deal breaker. Even with Mac Pro with 64 GB RAM.

Summary

Error - Not enough memory (Error code 2154). Culprit is NOT lack of memory at all. THAT IS FALSE. The problem is DiskWarrior 4.4 being 32-bit and NOT 64-bit. SHOCKING!!!

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1 stars

"DW 4.4 won't rebuild directory-Mac OS failure"

August 16, 2014  |  By mister gaijin

 |  Version: DiskWarrior 4.4

Pros

There is nothing good to say about a utility that fails so completely!

Cons

TechTool and Disk Utility don't fail like this. DW 4.4 WILL rebuild directory if you boot up from the DVD, but this takes a LONG time and is a pain!

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5 stars

"GREAT PROGRAM!!! A "MUST OWN" for Mac users!!"

June 28, 2013  |  By kfcusmc

 |  Version: DiskWarrior 4.4

Pros

It works very well. Recommended to me by an Apple Genius several years ago. I bought it on the spot and have never regretted it. Far superior to the disk utility included in OS X.

Cons

Maybe cost, though if you need it once it will be well worth the price of admission.

Summary

Resolved a catastrophic hard drive failure that occurred when I attempted to upgrade from OS X 10.8.3 to 10.8.4. Apple genius said I needed a new hard drive for my iMac 2.93 GHz i7 (mid-2010) for $229 plus another $99 to transfer my files from the "dead drive." Optical drive also wouldn't read my Diskwarrior disk. I built a new boot drive from a spare 1TB drive and put Diskwarrior (which I already owned) on it. It rebuilt the corrupted directory on the "dead" drive and preserved all my files. I am writing this review on the iMac with the resurrected drive. This was the worst of only three drive failures I've had in 30 years of being an Apple computer owner. Diskwarrior saved my ass. Diskwarrior is the shiznit!!!! Total cost for this save was $18...the cost of a wired mouse and keyboard.

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4 stars

"Traveling and it crashed - and good as new now"

November 03, 2012  |  By kate9

 |  Version: DiskWarrior 4.4

Pros

Wow, I thought I was going to lose everything, 140GB of photos and files, and the computer - this seems to have fixed all the problems, and it's zippy and fast again.

Cons

Haven't seen it so far, just done today.

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5 stars

"$99 to recover my priceless memories?? Total BARGAIN!"

September 26, 2012  |  By Theescarylarry

 |  Version: DiskWarrior 4.4

Pros

Recovered over 21,000 lost or missing files that had vanished!
I had mac error code 36, which ended up being a bad directory with bad nodes and node counts etc etc....DW rebuilt it!

It is easy to understand and makes life less complicated.

THIS SOFTWARE KICKS A** !

Cons

PRICE...At $99 It isnt what I would initially call reasonable, however what is your data worth? It stung but when it worked, I thought it was worth its weight in gold.

It may not work for every problem, so that part is a gamble. It's worth having in your arsenal though for sure!

Summary

What happened that caused me to buy Disk Warrior? Well, I have this LaCie external 500GB drive that is failing. At startup I get a message essentially telling me its going bad and to backup files. I proceed to do this but after cloning with Super Duper, I discover I am missing huge portions of the data, completely vanished on original disk, nothing on the copy either. I knew it had to be there and I tried several other recovery programs with no luck at all.
Disk Warrior was able to recover 21,000 files!! I would have been crushed if I lost all my precious photos and videos from so many years of vacations and more.It even retained all the original file names!! Some other software re-names files with generic names which is SOOOO lame.

want to avoid the cost of file recovery? Back up Back up Back up! Do it now do it today and do it in triplicate.Keep one local, Keep one in the cloud and Keep one at a different address!

I learned the hard way....

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4 stars

"Pricey, but possibly the most reliable Mac recovery app"

August 08, 2012  |  By targinarb

 |  Version: DiskWarrior 4.4

Pros

Saved hard disks twice for me where other common recovery apps (I shall not name names : ) completely flunked out. In some cases, it retained file names from recovered data.

Cons

The price is an "ouch", but as everyone who's looked down the barrel of a gun marked "there goes 300GB of data I can't live without"...yeah. Worth every penny in that situation.

Have heard less than flattering things about their customer service, but cannot comment from personal experience.

Summary

If it saves your ass even once...you'll thank it.

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5 stars

"Repaired an ext hd electrically damaged due to a storm"

October 04, 2011  |  By FatnessOne

 |  Version: DiskWarrior 4.3

Pros

Less worried since I've seen what this guy can do

Cons

None yet for about a year

Summary

repaired a damaged Macally Hi-Speed eSATA/FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure for 3.5-Inch SATA Hard Disk G-S350SUAB2 (Silver)
by Macallywith a wd caviar black internal hd

Mac owner for years but fairly new to this easy to use awesome imho program. Worth every penny. I use this because it does what disk utility for Mac cant do or I don't know how to make it do. I tried to repair my startup boot disk volume out of habit because I change stuff and go online sometimes. Disk utility Could not repair after i tried to on my MacBook pro. Then I ran disk warrior and now disk utility can repair ever since.....hmmmm so i think it's like this, disk warrior=disk utility's husband that she fully depends on in the hard times, for cereal!

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5 stars

"An excellent repair and recovery utility - Must Have!"

August 14, 2011  |  By garyddavis

 |  Version: DiskWarrior 4.3

Pros

D.W. fixes directory damage that Apple's Disk Utility doesn't even detect. It has helped me completely recover hard drives and drive partitions that were otherwise either useless or fraught with unpredictable behavior. It never causes problems.

Cons

It can take a while to repair a large drive's directory. And like all such utilities, you can't run it on the disk from which you started up. I've used it for a decade and cannot think of a serious con.

Summary

You can't go wrong with this. Alsoft are superb mac programmers and this is one of the best utility programs ever. I have used it for almost every version of Mac OS (except Lion) and CPUs from the 68000 series up through Intel chips. It fixes things that other utilities miss or cannot fix, and it has never created a problem.

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1 stars

"Useless for Time Machine volumes"

June 25, 2011  |  By david-bo

 |  Version: DiskWarrior 4.3

Pros

None, since it can't be used for its sole purpose, fixing corrupt directories.

Cons

Not supporting 64-bit memory address space

Summary

Even though Alsoft claim that Disk Warrior supports Time Machine volumes, in practice, this is not true. I have a TM-volume with about a year of daily (not even hourly as is the default backup frequency in Time Machine) backups where the directory become corrupt.

DW fails to even analyze this volume (disk image) because it runs out of memory before the analyze is done. The problem is that DW has a Carbon GUI and hence is limited to address something like 2.7 GB memory (yes it is not even a full 32 bit address space) and the directory on my volume is around 5 GB in size.

If my volume was extremely large or something this could maybe be excused for being an extreme case but that is not the situation. In fact, the opposite is true. It is an extremely *small* volume for being a Time Machine volume: the source for backup is a Macbook Pro with just 120 GB hard drive space (and as I mentioned above, about a year of infrequent backups).

That is the reason for my conclusion that in practice DW does not support Time Machine volumes.

Useless!

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5 stars

"has saved my bacon many times."

November 18, 2010  |  By caution.mike

 |  Version: DiskWarrior 4.2

Pros

Safe and effective.

Cons

none. it's a great app.

Summary

buy it. use it.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.0
  • 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.
General
Publisher Alsoft Software
Publisher web site http://www.Alsoft.com/
Release Date December 09, 2014
Date Added December 09, 2014
Version 5.0
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.10, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.7, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.8
Additional Requirements None
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Total Downloads 93,313
Downloads Last Week 335
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Price $119.95

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