Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Best Repair and Maintenance Apps for macOS Sierra

Summary: This article is primarily written to share with you some of the essential Mac hard drive repair application which also support latest macOS Sierra. 
If you are the self-administerative of your Mac OS X for taking care of all the Mac related problem, then you need certain apps which help you when your Mac doesn’t work properly. There arise various problems like: data loss; Mac running slow, or you want to improve the performance or the Mac hard drive. In all the situation mentioned above, the best Mac OS X repair and maintenance apps will prove helpful for you. And, today in this article we have compiled a list of all such Mac essential utilities which you can use on Mac system without any problems.

Essential Mac Repair and Maintenance Apps:

1.DiskWarrior 4: When it comes to selecting the best App for rebuilding and recovering data from a Mac drive, DiskWarrior comes in the 1st place. Diskwarrior is a Mac volume repair tool that comes handy for rebuilding all the corrupted directory structure of a Mac drive. It does this by building a new replacement directory instead of identifying and removing the patches from the current drive. It also acts as a data saviour tool and used by thousands of Mac users worldwide. 
Though, some Mac users dislike DiskWarrior due to its cost, as it is an expensive software and cost you $100+. So, as an alternative, you can try Stellar Volume Repair software which is not as costly as the DiskWarrior and provides the same set of features as provided by DiskWarrior.

2.TechTool Pro 7: Although, some people think Micromat TechTool as another data recovery software. But, besides a data recovery tool, TechTool pro can do a complete Mac memory test and check any hardware failure along with other important things, i.e. TechTool Protection. 
TechTool Protection helps users to create an extra start-up volume on their Mac HD. This feature is helpful for diagnostic maintenance related task. 

3.Stellar Mac hard drives repair application: Stellar Volume optimizer or Mac hard drive repair is another software in this list. This software repairs any corrupted Apple Mac OS X HD and finally rebuilds all the drive directory structure to resolve data inaccessibility issue. Stellar Volume Repair software fixs both the external drive as well as the solid state drives without any additional cost. Below we have listed a complete range of Mac volume errors that can be easily solved by using the help of this software

  • Invalid table format error
  • Invalid node structure error
  • Invalid key length error
  • Invalid directory item counts error
  • Invalid extent entry error
  • Invalid extent entry error
  • Invalid record count error
  • Invalid index key error
  • Invalid B-tree node size error
  • And many other…

4.Data Rescue 3: Data Rescue 3 software provided by Prosoft Technologies is another Mac drive repair and recovery tool which can be used to fix the corrupted Mac boot volume and save the valuable user data from any other problem.
Note: But, before using this software you need to make sure that data on your hard drive is not overwritten. 

5.OnyX: Onyx is a multifunction app primarily used for Mac OS X that can be used to repair and verify a failed start-up disk. It also regularly maintenance and other disk cleaning tasks like configuring various relevant parameters like Dock, Finder and some other Apple related apps to delete cache files. Though, the only thing you need to make sure that you use only the compatible version of Onyx with your Mac, otherwise this app will not work correctly.

Final Note from Author: The above discussed are the most popular and used Mac repair and maintenance application which also supports macOS Sierra version. If you know any other similar utility which deserved a place in the above list, then feel free to share it with us through the comment section.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Best iDefrag Alternatives for Mac OS X

Often, Mac hard drives used to be a primary bottleneck and the fragmentation of data stored in them further slowdown them. However, adoption of new file systems like HFS, HFS+, and higher data storage capacity of the hard drive has significantly reduced the fragmentation issue up to a certain limit. But, still, defragmentation of Mac drive cannot be ignored completely. 
Also, if you are using a traditional non-flash drive that has to access its data storage capacity or is heavily fragmented, more chances are defragmentation of the hard disk will significantly speed up your Mac OS X.  And, when it comes to defragging a Mac based hard drive, iDefrag get the 1st place. But, it is not the only solution for defragging a Mac hard drive. There are certain other software’s that are best alternatives to iDefrag software. And, here in this article, we will share with you a list of best iDefrag alternatives for Mac OS X using which you can easily defrag your Mac hard drive and also improve its overall performance.

iDefrag Alternatives Software

1.Stellar Defrag Drive: It is one of the best iDefrag alternatives software. This software provides multiple Mac defragging options like Metadata defragmentation, Full defragmentation, Quick Defragmentation to defrag a Mac hard drive safely. You can also choose whether you want to defrag entire drive or some particular file from your hard disk.Another benefit of using this software is its compatibility with the latest version of Mac OS. Some of the exciting features provided by Stellar Defrag Drive Application are given below:

  • Free Drive Space Optimisation: This app defrags the Mac hard-drive by collecting all the scatter space  in a single place. 
  • Fragments shown in blocks: This app gives a block layout view of the Mac drive and gives completely different colours to ‘fragmented files’, ‘free space’.
  • Option of email notification: Once the defragmentation of Mac drive is completed, this software will send automatically email about your hard drive health
  • Support with Major Mac version: It is compatible with all the Mac version including the latest, Mac OS X El Capitan
  • Bootable DVD Option: Using the help of Bootable DVD features, Mac users can easily boot their unbootable system within few minutes. 

2.DriveGenius: DriveGenius is another software in this list, which is a good alternative to iDefrag utility. You can easily use this software to defrag your Mac hard drive which results in an improved Mac performance. It deletes all the unused space, duplicate files, repartitioning to ensure that your Mac hard drive will work appropriately and smoothly.Some of the exciting features offered by DriveGenius Software are:

  • RAID Support: DriveGenius provides support to Apple support RAID
  • DrivePulses: DrivePulses is helpful in monitoring the health of Mac hard drive on a regular basis
  • Improved defragmentation: Provides much-improved defragmentation to Mac files which results in better OS X system performance
  • Scanning: It provides a real-time scanning of all the bad blocks exists in the Mac drive

Note from Author:

The software listed above are some of the well-known names which are perfect iDefrag alternative. However, they are not the final software which a Mac users need to use for defragging their hard drive. If you any other software that resemble the same functionality mentioned in the above software, then feel free to share with us through the comment section. 

Monday, 17 October 2016

How to Check the Health of your Mac Hard Drive

For proper working of a Mac system, it is necessary to ensure that the hard drive is up to date and free from all type of errors and malfunctioning. In general sense, Mac hard drives are very reliable and most likely you won’t face any physical problems until the drive has been dropped or broken through other means. In such case, the motion sensor existing on the Mac OS X will park the drive read/write heads to minimise the chance of damage.

But, nevertheless, it is always helpful to regularly check the drive status and run few benchmark tests, along with defragging the drive at regular interval of time. It will make sure that the file and folder structure of the drive remains well-optimized. It will help in improving the boot time and also removing the bad blocks from the HD.

Check your Mac Hard Drive Health

The very first thing which you need to do is check the hard drive’s health status. This can be done by a process known as disk verification and quite easy to do: -

  1. Open Disk Utility which can be found in the /Application/Utility folder of your Mac.
  2. Here, you need to select your hard drive from the left-hand side of menu and then need to click on the ‘First Aid’ tab.
  3. Click on the ‘Verify Disk’ from the lower hand side and let it run for some period.

Note: The above process is applicable up to the Disk Utility running on OS X 10.10 and below versions. On OS X 10.11 and later, Disk Utility possess only the “First Aid” button which verifies and repair Mac hard disk drives.

After a period, you will look a Windows populating with a message about your Mac hard drive health report that gives you a complete description of all the things. Those things which appear in red will give you a message there is something wrong with your Disk Utility.
You will see the below screenshots

If you see a red message prompting an error, “Error: This disk needs to repair”, you can easily choose to click on the ‘Repair Disk’ button to start the disc fixing process. It works for both internal as well as an external drive.

If the drive in question is your boot drive, then you will find the ‘Repair Disk’ button inaccessible. It doesn’t imply that you can’t fix your boot drive, but it requires an additional step which we discuss in some next article.

Repair a Boot Drive using the help of Disk Utility: - In such scenario, you need to reboot into the Recovery Partition and then need to repair disk.

Note: - Before starting, make sure you have Mac backup available with your Time Machine. Now, let’s start with the procedure step by step: -

  1. Reboot your OS X and hold down the Command+R button from your keyboard.
  2. Now, choose the ‘Recovery HD’ from your boot menu bar.
  3. Here, you need to select the ‘Disk Utility’ from the OS X Utility screen.
  4. In the final step, click on the HD that report the drive error and then click on the ‘First Aid’ tab and finally click on the ‘Repair Disk’ button to solve the issue.

Once the Repair Disk has run successfully, you can easily boot your Mac OS X as usual, and all the drive issues can be resolved quickly.

Final Note from Author

If despite implementing the above methods, you don’t see any difference in your Mac hard drive performance or fails to repair the file system, then, you need to take the help of a 3rd party commercial applications like Stellar Volume Optimizer Software. This software is helpful in repairing corrupt Mac hard drive and rebuilding the disk directory structure. In addition to this, it also fixes certain other Mac drive errors and acts as the best volume repair tool.

Meanwhile, if you face any problems, then please let us know it via the comment section.

Friday, 26 August 2016

How to Recover Data from Mac that won't Startup

A Mac not booting up is one of the most infuriating problems, which is often faced by users. So, if you are one of those users who is facing this issue and want to get rid of this problem, then this is the best blog post for that.

While Macs are considered to be one of the finest reliable operating systems, nevertheless they are a machine and similar to any other device, they are continuously susceptible to a large number of errors that stop and prevent them from booting up in a correct manner.
The wrong side of a non-booting Mac is that it's hard to figure out the cause of the problem? There are things which can go wrong without users knowledge and hence cause a Mac to such kind of problem.

Apple suggests users to:
  • First, check the connection to power
  • Then, try a different power cord
  • Disconnect all the accessories
  • If you have recently installed a new memory, then make sure it fit correctly
If none of the steps mentioned above resolve this issue, then the only solution is to reset the SMC.

Fix a Mac with Disk Utility in Recovery Mode

If your Mac don’t turn on and display works correctly, but it won’t boot, then there could be certain issues. But, the one which we would like to figure out is repair, if possible. The easiest solution to solve this issue is by running Disk Utility. On all Mac versions running Mountain Lion, one can easily run Disk Utility by booting in Mac into recovery mode.

But, before that make sure that your Mac system is off.  Finally, you will end up on a screen headline Mac OS utilities. Once, you look the screen you will release the keys which you were holding down. Then, click on Disk Utility and click on your Mac inbuilt hard drive in left-column.

Create Installation USB for Mac:

With Mac OS X versions like Yosemite, El Capitan, you can create a USB flash drive or any other removable media which can be used as a startup disk.

Use the 'createinstallmedia' command in your Mac Terminal:
  1. In 1st step, you need to download the Mac OS X by going to Mac app store. Quit the installer if it opens automatically after downloading.  Within few minutes, the installer will be in your Applications folder.
  2. In 2nd step, mount your USB flash drive or any other volume. You can also use a secondary internal partition.
  3. Open the Terminal app, which is in the Utility folder of your Applications folder.
  4. Now, in final step use the createinstallmedia command in your Mac Terminal to create the bootable installer. For complete instructions, try to make sure that the appropriate Install Mac app is in your Applications folder, then enter the below paths in your Terminal:

Path for El Capitan:

/Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia

Final note: If during the fixing of your Mac OS X problem, you face any data loss, then there is a possibility to recover that data either by the Time Machine or a cloned external hard drive. You may also use an advanced data recovery software with bootable media i.e. Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery Software to recover your lost OS X data. 

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

How to Recover Data from Severely Corrupted Mac OS X HD

Macs are considered as the computers of innovative excellence. In fact, the design, advanced and useful features have collectively worked in making a brigade of loyal fan following for Mac OS X. But, at the end of every piece of appreciation and praise it is just another computer that is designed and developed to perform certain tasks.

There are many things on which the smooth functioning of your Mac depends and one among them is the file-system. File system keeps the data and their storage information in an organized way.

While booting, the Mac OS fetches this information’s from the file system and is able to load the asked data. If the file system encounters any problem, all the data in corresponding Mac volumes becomes inaccessible and you need to take the help of any Mac recovery utility.

In the course of using your Mac, there are many situations of trouble, which never can be avoided. Most of the time, corruption of the file system is system driven and not knowingly caused by the users.

Though some external works of users lead to file system corruption in Mac, the instances are so accidental that users have hardly any role to play in them. Some of the key reasons behind file system corruption can be unexpected/improper system shut down, virus/malware infection, contradiction with newly installed hardware/software, operating system corruption etc.

Following corruption of the file system, you may come across various error messages, while trying to access the corresponding Mac volumes. One such error message that you may have encountered is written below:

“-123 wrgVolTypErr Not an HFS volume [wrong volume type error or (obsolete) operation not supported for MFS]”

The above error message indicates that the file system of your Mac has been damaged, which result in the inaccessibility of precious data in the volume. For such situations, Apple has provided one helpful inbuilt utility, 'Disk Utility'.
Disk Utility is able to repair the corrupt file system and recover inaccessible data from the troubled volumes.

In case, Disk Utility fails to resolve the problem, you can use another utility, 'fsck'. The 'fsck' utility is also a powerful application that verifies the integrity of the file system and repairs the same, if it finds any problem.

But, if there has been severe damage to the file system, both Disk Utility and 'fsck' fail to resolve the problems. Under such circumstances, you need to take the help of any advanced Mac data recovery utility to recover your lost or inaccessible data back.

This Mac software is developed with highly innovative algorithms, which can recover any data that has been lost/inaccessible due to deletion, formatting or corruption. Moreover, all such software’s are completely reliable and pretty easy to use, without even any technical assistance.

StellarPhoenix Mac Data Recovery is one such utility that can easily recover the data from a severely corrupted Mac hard drive using its in-built powerful algorithms. Do give a chance to this software if you need to extract data from a damaged media.