Product Watch: TechTool
The core of TTP is its ability to diagnose and repair problems on your hard drive including directory repair, block reassignment and recovery of trashed files. New to version 3 is the ability to scan for viruses and also check for software conflicts, eliminating, according to MicroMat, the need for separate utilities like Virex and Conflict Catcher. MicroMat's web site doesn't provide details on the new functions but if we can obtain a copy for review we will cover these areas in depth. A listing of TechTool's main attractions follows below.
Kudos: MicroMat deserves a round of applause for continuing to support version 2.5 of TTP. The free update to 2.5.5 improves detection/repair routines for volume structures, updates the DNA files and fixes a variety of bugs. Generally speaking, once a new software version is released, support for previous versions tapers off or disappears completely. In the words of MicroMat, however:
"People using system software earlier than System 7.5.5 will not be able to upgrade to TechTool Pro 3, and it would be impolite to leave them with a product having a few flaws."
MicroMat Tech Support
It is also worth noting that, unlike Norton Utilities, TechTool Pro continues to support 68k (non Power Mac) machines and older operating systems, back to OS 7.5.5. If you own or are responsible for maintaining older Mac systems, this is the tool for you!
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