DiskWar­rior 5

Three years from the last up­date, is it re­ally worth the wait?

Mac Format - - RATED - $119.95 (about £80), $59.95 up­grade (about £40) De­vel­oper Al­soft, al­soft.com OS OS X 10.5.8 or later Re­quires 1GB RAM, USB port Still the best disk util­ity around Ships on bootable flash drive…

DiskWar­rior 5 is the lat­est re­lease of a revered Mac util­ity dat­ing back to the late ‘90s. The soft­ware re­pairs and re­builds dam­aged disk di­rec­to­ries, the roadmap com­put­ers use to find files and fold­ers scat­tered across all of those plat­ters. Op­ti­mised, er­ror­free di­rec­to­ries pro­vide faster file ac­cess, fewer spin­ning beach balls and a more pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence.

Three years af­ter the last ma­jor re­lease, DW5 fea­tures a stream­lined UI and fi­nally de­liv­ers 64-bit sup­port, which en­ables tack­ling the larger disk di­rec­to­ries found on more vo­lu­mi­nous mod­ern drives. A new Di­rec­tory Op­ti­miza­tion In­dex pro­vides a vis­ual graph of disk ef­fi­ciency even be­fore click­ing the Rebuild but­ton.

Ver­sion 5.0 ships on a bootable USB flash drive in­stead of CD or DVD, which makes sense but may be a mi­nor nui­sance for up­graders. But that’s where the bad news ends.

The thumb drive is ca­pa­ble of re­pair­ing the startup disk of In­tel­based Macs that orig­i­nally shipped with OS X 10.4 through 10.6, and can be up­graded for OS X 10.7 and later us­ing the in­cluded DiskWar­rior Re­cov­ery Maker.

Al­soft claims re­builds are now twice as fast, and we no­ticed an im­me­di­ate and real per­for­mance dif­fer­ence in our tests with a mid2004 Power Mac G5, mid-2007 Mac mini and mid-2012 Mac­Book Pro with Retina Dis­play. DW5 also feels more sta­ble com­pared to ear­lier ver­sions that would of­ten con­sume ex­ces­sive CPU time and oc­ca­sion­ally even crash. JR Book­wal­ter

DiskWar­rior 5 re­mains a musthave disk util­ity, and is more flex­i­ble than ever on a USB thumb drive.

Help­fully, DiskWar­rior 5 now shows a Di­rec­tory Op­ti­miza­tion In­dex that dis­plays in­for­ma­tion about what con­di­tion the se­lected drive is in be­fore re­build­ing.

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