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TechTool Pro 6

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Micromat has released TechTool Pro 6. The new version of the long-standing utility adds support for creating a bootable volume on the Mac’s active drive, eliminating the need for a bootable DVD. That means your emergency startup volume no longer requires Apple’s boot disk updates to remain current. TechTool Pro 6 also makes it easier to diagnose and repair hardware issues. Other new features include Volume Cloning, for quickly creating exact volume duplicates, and the Local Network Tool, which lists active services and ports on each Mac and Bonjour device on the local network. ($99.99 new, $39.99 upgrade)

 

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Comments about TechTool Pro 6

Mike Hayes  2011-03-15 22:05
It took two repeats of file defragmenting, then volume optimization (first one failed)., but I finally got myHD optimized using Version 6 - graphic looks great!
Paul Albert  2011-03-16 00:13
Besides volume cloning are there any advantages of this version over 5.07/? I use superduper anyway so volume cloning is not an issue with me. Thanks
Alan Ackerman  2011-03-16 05:08
Adding a a bootable volume on the Mac’s active drive is not new. It was in Tech Tool Pro 4 & 5. I don't get it!

For that matter I don't see anything new I want here. Carbon Copy Cloner already makes bootable clones. Portscan (part of Network Utility that comes with every Mac) scans open ports. I guess the Local Network Tool shows you your whole local network, if you have a big one.
Mark Leitch  2011-03-17 00:03
Creating an eDrive bootable volume on the active drive, without having to boot to a DVD, is new to this version.