DriveDx vs. Diskwarrior, etc.

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  1. jimtron macrumors member

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    I've been using Diskwarrior for a long time with good results, and AFAIK it's highly regarded. I just recently learned about DriveDx here on the forum, and it's showing serious errors (early signs of failing) on a couple drives that don't show any problems with DW and Disk Utility.

    Anyone have opinions on DriveDX? Is it accurate? Don't want to ditch drives if they're not really bad.
     
  2. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    DiskWarrior is data recovery software. DriveDX is a diagnostic monitoring tool that uses S.M.A.R.T. data and changing health indicators to alert of potential impending drive hardware failures.

    I love DriveDX. It is my app of choice for what it does. Just recently, I was able to remove the data from a drive that was dying in time thanks to DriveDX's very accurate prediction of its imminent failure.
     
  3. jimtron thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the reply. I'd like to buy DriveDX, but just wanted to be sure it's accurate.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    It is accurate. All it is doing is displaying data contained in the drive firmware as part of the SMART reporting. So DriveDX is not really making any judgements about your drive other than to report the data in a form you can understand.
     
  5. jimtron thread starter macrumors member

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    OK, thanks. Are there other OS X applications that reveal this data?
     
  6. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    Sure, just not as well in my opinion. :p

    SMARTReporter and Smart Utility are two other choices.

    This comparison chart is provided by the devs of DriveDX, but accurate.
     
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    SaSa wrote above:
    [[ DiskWarrior is data recovery software ]]

    Hmmm.... when did DW become "data recovery" software? It never was before.

    Since its inception back in the days of the Classic OS Disk Warrior has been a "directory rebuild" program. It repaired and rebuilt disk directories, but didn't really affect the actual -data- out on the sectors of the drive.

    Something like "DataRescue3" =is= "data recovery" software. By that, I mean that when the disk directory is hopelessly mangled, DR3 can "go around" the directory, right to the disk platters, and scavenge and re-assemble the data and save it elsewhere.

    Since when did Disk Warrior acquire such abilities?
     
  9. Weaselboy Moderator

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    http://www.alsoft.com/DiskWarrior/

    From their front page.

     
  10. hologram macrumors 6502

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    DiskWarrior is also a very good trouble-prevention tool. Every day when I back up, I run DW on the backup disk just to make sure there aren't any problems. It always catches the same error, about the disk creation date being different, but that's normal because the backup was created on a different date.

    However, sometimes it finds other errors, and when it does, I fix them, then boot from the backup and run DW from there on my main HD. It finds, and repairs, the same errors there, and I can catch any problems before they become problems.
     
  11. jimtron thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, I've been using DW for years, and had never heard of DriveDx. I was surprised that DriveDx found major problems that DW didn't see.
     
  12. hologram macrumors 6502

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    Don't be surprised, that's normal. DiskWarrior checks your directory structure while DriveDx checks your hardware. They both do different things. The hardware check in DW is just a quick S.M.A.R.T. check and doesn't go into the same detail as DriveDx. As long as your drive is within certain parameters, it will show as OK.

    It's like the difference between a doctor listening to your chest in his office, or studying a set of x-rays. There's a lot more info in the x-rays that aren't apparent with a stethoscope.
     
  13. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    DriveDx looks like a Windows port. To me, it is telling that it compares itself to SMART Reporter and SMART Utility, two SMART utilities that most Mac users never heard tell of. If DriveDx were free, then I might use it. If it were less than $10, then I might consider it. At $20, DriveDx is a waste of money.
     
  14. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    Where have you come up with your research data, exactly? SmartReporter is a very well-known utility on the Mac and has been for many years.

    Are there more well-known SMART monitoring apps you'd like to share?

    You are, of course, entitled to your opinion. Mine happens to be different. I am very happy with the purchase of DriveDX and as mentioned, it has already saved my precious data by alerting me to the impending physical failure of a HDD I had no other indications of problems with.

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    Thanks. :) the word recover only appears 12 times on that page. :D
     

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