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DiskWarrior - A very useful disk repair tool
Authored by: diamondsw on Oct 11, '04 02:12:16PM

The fundamental difference between DiskWarrior and pretty much every other disk utility is how it approaches fixing your problem.

Classic disk utilities (Norton, fsck, etc) work by finding incorrect parts of the directory and patching them with varying degrees of success. DiskWarrior takes a holistic view of the disk and creates a complete new directory from scratch based on all the information it can find (directory bits, other information blocks, etc).

Also aside from a "hand-holding GUI", the other awesome feature of DiskWarrior is it will create a new mountpoint for the fixed drive, effectively laying the new directory over the existing data (write-protected, of course). This allows you to safely examine *exactly* what your drive will look like when it's done, back up items, or anything else you want to do with it. You can also cancel at this point and leave the drive completely untouched - no more "halfway" repairs, as other utilities sometimes stick you with.

I know I've saved at least two dead drives thanks to DiskWarrior.

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