Drive Genius for Mac

Drive Genius for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 73 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.2.1
  • Total Downloads:
    46,619
  • Date Added:
    August 15, 2012
  • File Size:
    15.56MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    183
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC

Editors' Review

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Drive Genius is a hard-working hard-drive utility from longtime Mac developers Prosoft Engineering, with the honorable distinction of being employed at the Apple Store Genius Bar as part of their ProCare Yearly Tune Up service.

The interface of Drive Genius shares some similarities with that of its data-recovery sister program Data Rescue: you navigate through a 3D "tool arena," a sort of virtual lazy Susan of hard-drive tasks that's fast and fluid enough to not be annoying (and it's actually kind of fun). You choose from six primary tasks, Information (with detailed readouts on S.M.A.R.T. status, file system type, and more), Defrag (to optimize drive speed), DriveSlim (to free up space by eliminating duplicate or unused files), Repair (to verify, repair, or rebuild a volume), Scan (to check for bad blocks), and DrivePulse (a monitoring tool that checks your drive in the background, when your computer is idle--although unfortunately there's no way to turn off its menubar icon if you decide to use it). You can also flip to the other side of the "tool arena" for even more esoteric tasks: Integrity Check, Initialize, Repartition, Duplicate, Shred (with up to 35-pass Gutmann erasing), Benchtest, and (perhaps scariest of all, "for expert use only") Sector Edit.

Many of these tasks can be time-consuming, but Drive Genius does a good job of keeping you entertained with graphs, lists, and live updates--or you can always just have Drive Genius notify you by email whenever it completes a task. You'll also want the DVD version of this program (which you can either have mailed to you, or download and burn yourself), so that you can work on your drive when it's not running the OS (or when it won't boot at all).

Drive utilities aren't for everyone (and Drive Genius isn't cheap), but if you're interested in keeping your Mac in tip-top shape, it's hard to go wrong with a tool that the pros use. Drive Genius gives you a lot of features in an all-in-one package that's easy to use and understand.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"It killed my bootcamp & recovery partitions do not use."

October 02, 2012  |  By goodtimeca

 |  Version: Drive Genius 3.2.1

Pros

It boots up and installs okay.

Cons

The disk partition does not work. It will kill your windows bootcamp and recovery partitions.
They will not show up in the startup boot any more and you will not be able to recover them. You will need to reformat your drive and re-install from scratch.
Tech support is useless they just told me to read the manual and re-install my partitions from backup. They're not even interested in finding what the bug is. you get a warning message that your data can get lost if you proceed on every function/utility you try.

Summary

useless software filled with bugs, waste of your money and will cost hours of your time trying to recover and re-install. lousy tech support avoid. not worth the risk of messing up your drive.

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2 stars

"High price!"

August 31, 2012  |  By fisher797

 |  Version: Drive Genius 3.2.1

Pros

there are many alternative free software!

Cons

very high price

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1 stars

"no new registration key when I changed computer"

August 29, 2012  |  By alongooanab

 |  Version: Drive Genius 3.2.1

Pros

None that I know of as I cannot use the software which I paid money for

Cons

Will not give new registration key to buyers of their software who change computers

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1 stars

"The demo app it is VERY hard to uninstall!"

August 23, 2012  |  By rayrue

 |  Version: Drive Genius 3.2.1

Pros

I can't review the demo version because it allows you to do very little, requiring that you pay the full $98 for the defrag feature.

Cons

If you try to uninstall the demo app you will end up with repeated "Launch Failure" messages on your screen until you've rooted out every last bit of the software from your library. I lost about an hour of work just trying to figure that one out!

Summary

It seemed as though the demo app and the "Drive Pulse" menu item that it embedded on my toolbar (both extremely difficult to uninstall) were a blatant attempt by the company to force me to buy their overpriced software.

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1 stars

"Useless app destroyed my hard drive"

August 19, 2012  |  By prujor

 |  Version: Drive Genius 3.2.1

Pros

None that i see

Cons

It totally trashed my external hard drive when I tried to defrag it

Summary

Avoid at all cost

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1 stars

"I'd strongly recommend to avoid this program!"

August 16, 2012  |  By greyyyada

 |  Version: Drive Genius 3.2.1

Pros

It took like 6 hours to skan only 30 Gb

Cons

It did not recover me files!

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1 stars

"Didn't help me"

August 16, 2012  |  By robinsonalann

 |  Version: Drive Genius 3.2.1

Pros

I deleted it

Cons

Slow, found nothing I was looking for

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.2.1
â?¢ DrivePulse now performs automatic software update checks so update notifications are presented even if Drive Genius is not running. â?¢ Animations are automatically disabled upon first launch on 10.8 due to several issues present in OS X 10.8 that cause Drive Genius to crash. â?¢ Bug Fix: fixed a few possible crashes for OS X 10.6.8 compatibility.
General
Publisher Prosoft Engineering
Publisher web site http://www.prosofteng.com
Release Date August 15, 2012
Date Added August 15, 2012
Version 3.2.1
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Maintenance & Optimization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.5, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 15.56MB
File Name DriveGenius_3.2.5_US.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 46,619
Downloads Last Week 183
Pricing
License Model Update
Limitations Limited features
Price $99

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