TechTool Pro 8
This diagnostic and repair tool just became even more useful
$99.99 (about £63) Developer Micromat, micromat.com
Requires OS X 10.8 or higher TechTool Pro has long been the go-to diagnostic, repair and recovery tool for your Mac, a potential lifesaver in just about any situation short of your Mac internally combusting. It’s close to the complete solution, and version 8 packs in more tests while improving key aspects of the suite – such as integrating the portable ProToGo tool in the main interface.
The program’s Tests section is now overflowing with ways to monitor the health of your Mac, with the program now able to check just about any sensor in your Mac in addition to the core ones. Version 8 also adds new tests for fans and MacBook batteries too.
The Tools section remains largely unchanged – it’s where you’ll find the essential eDrive creator, which provides a recovery environment with access to all of TechTool’s functionality should your Mac stop booting. You’ll also find a number of repair and recovery utilities here, focussed mainly on your hard drive, but video and audio hardware too.
The suite is rounded off with its System Preferences Protection pane, which takes snapshots that can aid in data recovery. We also like the program’s built-in disk imaging tools, which you’ll need to use prior to any of these tools – in the past, some users have complained of data corruption however.
If you’re an existing user, then TechTool Pro 8 is worth upgrading for the new tests alone. Nick Peers
Give your Mac a thorough health check with TechTool Pro’s diagnostic tools.