Welcome to our How To Section
 
 
In this section of our site, we're going to add how-to documents that we hope you'll find helpful. Some of the documents will be items of general use to any user, and others will be specific to our own products. If you would like to have us cover something, click on the ABOUT link above and drop us an e-mail.
 
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Analyzing Mountain Lion Performance Problems with Activity Monitor
 
This is our first entry into this How-To section. In it we describe what Activity Monitor is and how to use it. We show screen shots of Activity Monitor in use as it monitors the mds process used by Spotlight, which is often problematic. We also describe what the common causes for performance problems are.
Added: March 10, 2013
How-to Documents
Cloning a Primary Hard Drive in Lion and Mountain Lion
 
In this entry, we discuss the process of using Phoenix and Disk Utility to clone the primary hard drive for a system using both Lion and Mountain Lion.
 
Added: March 19, 2013, Last Modified July 10, 2013
Bad Hard Drive Signs and Symptoms -  A Guide for Mac Users
 
In this entry, we discuss the signs and symptoms of a bad hard drive, and discuss other problems that may lead you to think you have drive problems when none exist.
Added: April 10, 2013, last updated June 27, 2014
How To Split an Existing Mac HFS Volume
 
In this entry, we show you how to take an existing single volume backup drive and add another volume to it.
 
Added: June 25, 2013
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Hard Drive Testing with Scannerz and Scannerz Lite for Mac OS X
 
In this entry, we discuss the basics of using Scannerz and Scannerz Lite for testing hard drives. We also cover some of the advanced features of Scannerz not available in Scannerz Lite.
Added: March 21, 2013, updated March 11, 2014
Advanced Hard Drive and System Testing with Scannerz for Mac OS X
 
In this entry, we discuss the more advanced features of Scannerz and how to use Scannerz to perform system troubleshooting. This is not applicable to Scannerz Lite.
 
Added: July 22 2013, updated March 11, 2014
Our Product Line Up
 
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Scannerz with Performance Probe 2, Phoenix, and FSE or FSE-Lite for Mac OS X
Scannerz is our premier hard drive, SSD, and system test tool. Scannerz can find problems other tools on the market miss completely.
 
 
Scannerz Lite
Scannerz Lite is a very low cost, much simpler version of Scannerz. If you want a quick and inexpensive way to check a drive, this may be what you're looking for.
 
 
Performance Probe 2 for Mac OS X
Performance Probe 2 is a system load monitor that may be used to help identify system bottlenecks caused by memory, I/O, or CPU intensive applications.
 
 
Phoenix for Mac OS X
Phoenix is a hard drive and SSD tool that can create emergency backup drives, clone volumes, and help recover data from a failing, but readable drive.
 
 
FSE for Mac OS X
 
FSE is a configurable file system events monitor. It can be used to trace file system activity and help identify applications that may be slowing down your system.
 
 
SpotOff 2 with Spot-O-Meter 2 and Spot-O-Meter 2 Mini for Mac OS X
SpotOff 2 with Spot-O-Meter 2 is an mds indexing controller and monitor. Excessive mds is used by Spotlight and Time Machine and may bog your system down..