View Full Version : Disk Warrior and Intel Macs?

11-05-2006, 03:43 AM
Does anyone know how (or if?) Disk Warrior works with Intel Macs? I've just visited the site and can't find any mention of Universal Binary or Intel

John the Geek
11-05-2006, 06:25 AM
I know for a fact that TechTool Pro does. But you need version 4.5 or higher.

As an alternative to buying something. If you boot into Single-User mode (Apple + S at startup) and run fsck -fy (File System Check) at the prompt it will repair any directory inconsistencies you may have. Then once it's done checking and repairing, restart by typing shutdown -r now and it will reboot.

That's effectively the same as running Disk Warrior for most people. It will tell you if you need bigger guns like TechTool Pro to repair it. Now that OS X has a journaled file system directories and b-trees don't get hosed as often as they did in the old OS 9 days, although it still happens from time to time.


11-05-2006, 08:09 AM
Thanks for the info John! BTW I found out that DiskWarrior is not available as UB yet but should be soon.

11-05-2006, 09:23 AM

John the Greek - thanks for the file system check info.

I'm new to Macs.

Can you suggest some books that cover the inner workings of OS X?



11-08-2006, 12:02 AM
I haven't yet looked at the book, but I've been impressed by some of the articles at the site of Amit Singh (http://www.kernelthread.com/), the author of Mac OS X Internals: A Systems Approach (http://www.aw-bc.com/catalog/academic/product/0,1144,0321278542,00.html).

At a lighter level, I learned a surprising amount from Mac OS X: The Missing Manual (http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/macxtigermm/). It caters well to switchers from both Windows and OS 9.

11-08-2006, 12:21 AM
Thanks LSlugger.

Bought the Missing Manual books before I even ordered the Mac Pro as I wanted to be able to do some basic stuff right away.

And thanks for mentioning Amit Singh's book - hadn't heard about it. Looks very interesting.


11-09-2006, 09:22 AM
I recently try Drive Genius with a MacBook and it work fine.
I had serious problems with Techtool (I've lost 2 hard drives formating with it).

11-09-2006, 03:12 PM
I used Data Rescue (from the same company that distributes Drive Genius) to salvage data from an iMac G5 with a dying hard drive. It was a life saver, because my SilverKeeper backups were old (the backups kept aborting, because the disk was going bad), and the help desk had no luck with Disk Warrior.

SilverKeeper (Super Duper, CCC, Retrospect, etc.), Disk Warrior, and Data Rescue are complementary products. They fill a similar niche, but approach it from different angles. You don't really need Disk Warrior or Data Rescue on a day-to-day basis, but unless you live near a store that keeps them in stock, it's worth the peace of mind to have at least one of them on hand.

11-10-2006, 03:20 AM
Thanks for the suggestions! I have a Lacie Firewire HD that my computer won't recognise and I'm hoping to repair it or at least recover the data on it!

11-10-2006, 01:42 PM
It's better to try DataRescue before any directory recover tool. Some times I try then on wrong order and lost several files. The process will be slower, but safer.

11-11-2006, 02:13 AM
It's better to try DataRescue before any directory recover tool. Some times I try then on wrong order and lost several files. The process will be slower, but safer.

Thanks for the advice, I see they have a demo so I'll give it a try.