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  • 1.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "6.0.2 download fails every time!"

    June 10, 2011  |   By marvinwe_dotmac

    Version: TechTool Pro 6.0.2

    Pros

    6.0.2 download fails every time!

    Cons

    6.0.2 download fails every time!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good, useful tool"

    March 26, 2011  |   By gbdoc

    Version: TechTool Pro 6.0

    Pros

    Aside from 1 or 2 bumps over the years, it's always worked fine and gets better and better. Customer service is responsive. The eDrive is a fantastic idea which no other app has instituted. And now TTP makes clones, too. Transparent, user-friendly.

    Cons

    None to speak of.

    Summary

    To begin with, not that much goes wrong with Macs. But when it does, something like TTP and DiskWarrior - both of them! - have been lifesavers for me over the years, along with bootable clones. Is it worth the $$ (which is not a fortune)? How much is your data worth to you? I don't understand the gripes, and, for me at least, it's always worked reliably. I wouldn't be without it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very Disappointed in MicroMat"

    April 22, 2010  |   By sigbruner

    Version: TechTool Pro 5.0.7

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I have purchased and used every version of TechTool since its inception in the early 90s. I used to get such a kick out of the female voice announcing all the tests and results in the early version. I have also registered every version of software I own, and I have purchased a LOT of software since the mid 1980s.

    Fast forward to now. I upgraded my latest purchased version of TechTool Pro to version 5.0.7. Suddenly, the TTP daemon is using 90+ percent of my CPU. I don't know why; perhaps it's having a conflict with another piece of software or an earlier version's remains. So I go to MicroMat's web site to get tech support.

    No go. MicroMat won't even talk to me until I register my software. Wait a minute... I have registered all my software. Now, in order to get tech support, I have to re-register under what I guess is a new system. I'll have to dig for the discs, but there is just too much going on right now. I have a unique name, and I'd bet MicroMat could find it in there registration log, but no, can't do that.

    To add insult to injury, when I select the TTP preferences now, all I get is a beach ball. Launch TTP, and the offending daemon is "resurrected". Basically, TTP is useless for me right now. When I can find the software, I'll register again, but in the meantime I think MicroMat could do a better job of addressing this issue. It's not a fluke or an isolated incident. I checked their online forums, but there are so many posts about different issues that I'd have to spend days trying to find a relevant thread. I'm not happy and I'm sure customers will be lost over this one.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "TechTool using >90% of CPU???!"

    March 18, 2010  |   By MarkusWinter

    Version: TechTool Pro 5.0.7

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    After a harddisk failure I installed the latest TechTool Pro (which I got as part of a bundle) on my new hard disk and enabled the "Protection features" in the system preference pane. The result was that the TechToolPro Daemon used over 90% of the CPU on my 2.5 GHz MacBook Pro when I did something simple as opening a new window - that is simply unacceptable. How does something like this make it through Quality Control?

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I'm fed up"

    March 18, 2010  |   By chrischram

    Version: TechTool Pro 5.0.7

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    TechTool is a useful application that has helped me out of a jam on several occasions. Normally I don't attach a star rating for a minor version update, but today I'm mad as hell and I feel like throwing some hurt at MicroMat for their abysmal update mechanism. Are they running their update server on an Apple II? It took me five tries to successfully complete the 5.0.7 download. Some tries failed after a few minutes, others waited until nearly done to fail. Luckily I had gone through all this hassle with the previous incremental updates, so I knew where in my file system to look for the 5.0.7_5123.zip file so I didn't have to go through the same frustration updating my eDrive.

    It is unconscionable that MicroMat chooses to treat their paying customers like criminals. Since the updated version still requires reentering the registration code, wouldn't it be much more convenient for all if MicroMat provided a simple download link for minor updates? That way failed downloads could at least be restarted until complete.

    So that's why I'm giving TechTool Pro two stars this time.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Think more than twice before you buy TTP"

    January 30, 2010  |   By Piotr Grella-Mozejko

    Version: TechTool Pro 5.0.6

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Any potential buyer is hereby advised to think long and hard before purchasing this programme (TechTool Pro). I have been a registered user since MacOS 8 (remember those days? 'You ain't computing if your Mac doesn't crash at least once a day!') and what I wrote here did not result from any malicious intent. However, on 30 January 2010 I decided to uninstall the programme. This is why. The interface is a beauty to behold, but the performance has always been slow, if not even sluggish. The worst thing is that the programme "unexpectedly quits". On the morning of the 30th, I tried to run standard tests on one of my Macs. TTP quit three times in a row. For your information, I own two Macs: a Mac mini with 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 3 GB of RAM, 111 MB HD, running Snow Leopard 10.6.2, and a 2007 MacBook Pro, with 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 6GB of RAM, 500 GB HD. In addition, I have five external HDs, four attached to the MacBook Pro, and one to the Mac mini. All these external HDs are clones of the MacBook Pro. I always run clean systems, without any third party additions, no system performance enhancers, no "haxies" (which, frankly, I consider a silly concept and those who use them are simply asking for trouble). Also, I only use major programmes from major developers (Adobe, Apple, Microsoft), with very few other programmes (some of them shareware) of highest quality (tested and true), like Amadeus Pro, DiskWarrior etc. I do not think there is any significant reason for TTP to quit on my system while performing standard tests. This is why I felt it was necessary for me to warn the potential users. I am not saying you should not buy the programme, I am just saying try to get as much information on it and its performance before you fork out the dough. As far as I am concerned TTP simply does not deliver.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Another buggy version"

    December 13, 2009  |   By ismatta

    Version: TechTool Pro 5.0.6

    Pros

    You'll spend most of your time trying to figure out how to uninstall it. They have the nerve to charge for this upgrade as well.

    Cons

    See 'pros'

    Summary

    Save yourself a headache.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "BEWARE!!! More woes"

    November 28, 2009  |   By cjcarton

    Version: TechTool Pro 5.0.6

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    In my previous review, I had pointed out the truly weird and destructive behaviour of TTP 5.0.6. As a result, I have abandoned all use of TTP utilities. Stupidly, I had not disable TTP protection. All of a sudden, I found my hard drive "out of free space," duly reported by TTP.

    What was not reported by TTP was that the problem was caused by TTP Protection!!! It had created 40 GB of Backup files on my hard disk!!!

    I've been using TTP for about 10 years. Guess how many more years I'll be using it. Zip!!!

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