Drive Genius 3
Prosoft Engineering, www.prosoftengineering.com
Fast; efficient; nice interface; works with Bootcamp
Many utilities overlap with Disk Utility (included with OS X)
US$99 (about $107); boot DVD download US$5 (about $5.50)
There are three main schools of thought when it comes to tweaking a Mac. One group prefers to leave well enough alone, the second is like the first but sees the release of an operating system upgrade as an opportunity to do a ‘clean install’ of the new OS and all their applications, while the third contains the perpetual tweakers; those who like to perform routine maintenance.
Mac users definitely don’t see eye-to-eye over the need to perform tasks like defragmentation, volume space recovery and the like, but if you’re in the third group then Drive Genius 3 was made for you.
Like its top-selling predecessors, DG3 can defragment your hard drive’s contents, repartition drives ‘on the fly’, repair and rebuild, securely erase data, clone your drive, perform benchmarks and more.
This version now runs in 64-bit mode and offers support for RAID drives. The Defrag feature has also been improved, giving more information and combining all the fragmented data into one block. Along with some of the other utilities, it even works on Bootcamp partitions.
The Repartition utility now lets you add, hide, expand or shrink OS X partitions; Scan gives you real-time block scanning and read/write stress tests; and there are now email notifications of task completion.
But one of the most important new features for tweakers is DrivePulse, which continually monitors the health of your drive and alerts you to issues which may become a problem.
Most of these utilities can only be run on a disk you haven’t booted from; if you want to work on your primary drive you’ll need to boot from a Drive Genius 3 DVD.
Australian Macworld’s buying advice
Drive Genius 3 works efficiently and fast (considering the amount of data we all accumulate these days), and my fairly new MacBook Pro was feeling the benefits after just a few hours. Even a simple DriveSlim check for unnecessary Universal Binaries detected and erased 1.29GB of PowerPC binaries within 20 minutes. The interface is great as well. C
This review originally appeared in the August issue of Australian Macworld magazine.