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DiskWarrior - What it does
Authored by: emax on Oct 12, '04 09:24:25AM

DiskWarrior takes a completely different approach to disk repair that fsck/Disk Utility. For a very complete technical explanation and comparison of various disk utilities, check out David Shayer's article in the Nov 24, 03 issue of TidBITS (#707): http://db.tidbits.com/getbits.acgi?tbart=07451

He looks at all the major players and objectively describes their strengths and weaknesses. As I recall, DW ends up at the top of the heap.

As for the poster who feels DW fails because it was taking too long to fix his drive, he shouldn't take it out on DW. If a drive is severly damaged, DW can take _significantly_ longer to repair it (as in overnight). But more likely than not, DW will repair the damage. Apparently, the poster needed a working hard drive faster than he needed his data back. Not DW's fault.

Finally, consultants and ad hoc support weenies take note:
DiskWarrior's license specifically states that it's only for use on systems that you own. So if you need to save a client or friend's bacon, that client needs to buy their own license.



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DiskWarrior - What it does
Authored by: rikske on Oct 14, '04 05:39:20PM

In the case of a client, that's just silly. When a client hires me to fix his computer, I need a tool to do the job. So I buy DW. The client doesn't have to buy it. A car mechanic isn't selling his clients tools whenever he fixes their car's isn't he ? That's why the client hires you. Otherwise he can do the job himself too.

But indeed, DW is very good and when I help a friend to fix his computer, I will always recommend to buy it, and usually they do.



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