TechTool Pro for Mac

TechTool Pro for Mac

Average User Rating:
2.6
out of 51 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.0.3
  • Total Downloads:
    107,903
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 15, 2011
  • Price:
    Update; $99.00 to buy
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    56
  • Platform:
    Mac
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1 stars

"Expensive, user-unfriendly, limited usefulness"

December 30, 2011  |  By NickZac

 |  Version: TechTool Pro 6.0.3

Pros

For the price, there are no pros

Cons

Price, Stability, User Friendliness

Summary

TechTool Deluxe wasn't a great system, but it was free with AppleCare. I downloaded it and used it with 10.6. It never found an error nor did it ever cause an issue. It seemed to do nothing more than what the Apple Hardware Test can, and a few of the things the Disk Utility can (but not all by any means). TechTool Deluxe does NOT work correctly on OS X 10.7 'Lion' and it seems that the makers intend it to be this way (as they want you to pay to upgrade). The user interface on Pro looked great and I tried it because of this. At its price, I knew it was a gamble. I think I lost.

As noted, this does not correctly back up the directory of the intended drive on multiple drive systems. A free program, like Carbon Copy Cloner does this with ease, so why can't this?

Even beyond that, its usability for OS X 10.7 is less than pleasing. What exactly do the diagnostics and repairs do? I cannot tell you. For both the Deluxe and Pro, they did nothing for me. I guess it is kind of hard to repair an already stable OS.

What do the other features do? Honestly, nothing that a variety of other *free* programs can't also do. The optimization and cleaning is done better by Onyx (free). Actually the cleaning and optimization abilities of Onyx are far better than TechTool Pro in terms of capability and stability. The ability to monitor the system is done better by iStatPro (free), with lesser resources being used. The cloning and bootable partition creation is done better by CarbonCopyCloner (free). Most of the other things it does are done automatically by 'Lion', or can be done using one of its numerous utilities (like Disk Utility). Perhaps its "accidental deletion recovery" works well, but I never used it. How often do you delete useful files "accidentally"? Considering you have to go through 3 (sometimes more) steps in Lion to perma-delete them, I can't say I have EVER done this.

Operating stability is questionable. I've had it exit unexpectedly or require a 'forced quit' more than once, and after reading some horror stories about it harming systems, I decided to uninstall it.

Ultimately, OS X 10.6 and 10.7 are well developed, exceptionally stable, and self-sustainable systems without major maintenance needs. This in itself makes the value of optimization software questionable (with the exception of Onyx, which has some features which have been proven to benefit 'Lion'). At least from my perspective, TechTool Pro is a rather poor and costly solution to a problem which doesn't really exist. I would advise passing this one up until some major changes occur.

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1 stars

"TechTool used to be fine 10y ago"

December 18, 2011  |  By swissmacuser2012

 |  Version: TechTool Pro 6.0.3

Pros

Cannot see any advantage over DiskUtility & functioning Backup (Time Machine).

Cons

- does not solve problems.
- does not work with Apple RAID card
- flashy but user-unfriendly interface
- poor explanations of problems found and measures taken

Summary

Overall, TechTool Pro is a program with colorful illustrations and symbols. It is however completely unclear what it does to keep your mac moving. I am waiting for someone to provide evidence (images before and after of analysis) that it does something useful.

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1 stars

"Same Horrible Taste More Damaging! Absolute Data Killer"

December 15, 2011  |  By imrananwar

 |  Version: TechTool Pro 6.0.3

Pros

None. This is absolutely a horrible piece of software engineering and will cause data loss when given a chance.

Cons

Unreliable. Crashes. Hangs. Destroys directories. Does NOT back up the directory of the drive you really want it to. WARNING: Causes Data Loss AND causes HARD DRIVE BECOMING UNUSABLE.

Summary

I never learn. After being ripped off with false promises of "free next version if you buy this", not getting those, getting a copy after complaining to them and finding it did not work, etc. I was suckered in again, this time by the MacUpdate promo bundle for $50 for 12 programs. TechTool Pro 6 immediately proceeded to make that cost turn into $500.

The first drive that I used it on, which was giving me problems, could not be fixed by this program, which would keep crashing or hanging. I finally gave up and formatted the drive and restored from a backup. Next, I ran TTP6 on my external drives and rebuilt the directories on them. (I ran Disk Utility before and that showed no errors in either).

TTP6 showed some positive changes from a directory rebuild so I went ahead and applied those. Result, not only did one drive become unbootable until I formatted it and restored using disk utility,

The second drive was so badly damaged that now Disk Utility & TTP6 hang when I try to format or partition it! I have just had to literally throw away a 160GB Lacie drive that had served me fine as a backup drive until I ran TTP6 on it tonight.

AVOID TECHTOOLS PRO 6 like the plague that it is.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.0.3
  • Updated for Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) compatibility.
  • Improved eDrive tool, updating both creation and removal routines.
  • Addressed issue in which TechTool Protection did not update properly.
  • Improved IP Address sorting in Network Tool.
  • Addressed issue in which tests and tools would not load on Macs without an attached monitor.
  • Updated localization for French, German, Italian, Japanese and Chinese (Simplified).
  • Included additional machine identification models to Check Computer.
General
Publisher Micromat
Publisher web site http://www.micromat.com/
Release Date August 15, 2011
Date Added August 15, 2011
Version 6.0.3
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 Server, Mac OS X 10.5.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Server, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5, Macintosh
Additional Requirements
  • Macintosh PowerPC G4 or newer.
  • Mac OS X 10.4.9 or greater.
  • DVD drive.
  • 512 MB RAM or higher.
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File Size Not Available
File Name techtool-pro-706-released
Popularity
Total Downloads 107,903
Downloads Last Week 56
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License Model Update
Limitations Not available
Price $99

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