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Best Mac bundle yet! $50

Posted By: wfdTamar, posted 2011/03/16 17:21
A cracker of a bundle with some great applications.
Parallels Desktop 6
Techtool Pro 5
1Password
DVDRemaster Pro 7
Mac DVDRipper 2

11 all together.
Expiry date:2011/03/31
22°-+
$49.99
  • Donkey2011/03/16 17:55:29
    1Password is supposed to be good. There's not many of the password encryption programmes doing apps - these guys do.
  • wfdTamar2011/03/16 19:15:03
    Yes, it's very handy. Parallels is good to get if you want to run Windows (you also need a version of Windows). Techtool Pro does a reasonable job at fixing some problems. The DVD applications have obvious uses (though Handbrake works very well and it's free).
  • Donkey2011/03/16 19:40:22
    What issues is techtool good for ?
  • wfdTamar2011/03/17 09:59:39
    I use it mainly for sorting out corrupt files (though it's not my first option to do that). Volume rebuild and recovery. Interesting comment from an ex Apple employee though.

    The bundle mostly sounds good, but I wouldn't trust TechTool Pro, it's the most worthless Mac utility software I've ever seen. The hard disk scanner only does a Read verify, it doesn't perform a Read/Write/Verify, so basically the results are completely meaningless. Modern hard disks only re-map bad sectors when writing to the drive, so you can read from it all day every day but only discover a fault when you try to write a new piece of data to the drive. Proper disk testing tools (even ScanDisk that comes free with Windows) reads data, then tries to write it back, then tries to read it again to make sure the read/write/remap cycle works with the entire hard drive, but this garbage software completely ignores hard drives that have write errors or have run out of re-allocation blocks. It also fails hard drives if it finds a single block that can't be read, without the option to re-map, and without showing which file is affected to assist in recovery.

    When I worked at an AppleCentre we did a number of tests and found that TechTool Pro would occasionally give a '100% verified OK' mark to hard drives that weren't even spinning, because it was only reading the drive's cache! Some drives that were making clunking noises and wouldn't boot were given the A-OK by TechTool, because it only tried reading from them and didn't realise they could not be written to. Absolute garbage. We had to perform data recovery a few times for customers who ran TechTool Pro's 'repair hard drive' function, because it quite often did more damage than it repaired.

    Steer clear if you want a reliable computer! SpeedTools from Intech is the way to go for hard drive maintenance.
  • Donkey2011/03/17 18:17:00
    When I worked at an AppleCentre we did a number of tests and found that TechTool Pro would occasionally give a '100% verified OK' mark to hard drives that weren't even spinning, because it was only reading the drive's cache!


    :D - ooops - thanks for the info.

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