Software and Computer Systems Company, LLC

Phoenix Header Image

Create emergency boot volumes and do basic cloning and file recovery with Phoenix

Version 2.3

Now Compatible with macOS 10.12, Sierra

What is Phoenix?

Phoenix is a tool designed to create operating system images,  perform volume copies (clones) from one hard drive volume to another, and if possible recover damaged files from a hard drive. With Phoenix, a user may do the following:

Why Use Phoenix?

Most people will use Phoenix for the following reasons:


System Requirements

Phoenix supports MacOS® versions 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7(Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.11 (El Capitan), and 10.12 Sierra on Intel platforms. Phoenix is intended to be used only with standard MacOS formatted volumes, which can include internal and external hard drives, Fusion Drives, and RAID units. It does not support any other platforms or drive formats. As general rule, if the volume shows up on your Mac as a regular non-networked Mac volume, then it can be used by Phoenix as a source or target.
Supported Intel based systems include all variants of the MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro, and Mac Mini.
A Phoenix Boot Volume will require a volume that has typically at least 20GB of free space on it. The core OS requirements will vary with the operating system. Newer operating systems, such as MacOS 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite), and 10.11 (El Capitan) make use of a service known as Icon Services Agent which can cause an initial extraction of the OS to "grow" by several gigabytes as they generate icon data.  Please keep in mind that if you wish to update the OS, the Phoenix Boot Volume will also require additional space for downloaded update files.

Do not attempt to use Phoenix for bootlegging purposes!! Aside from the fact that bootlegging is illegal, Phoenix preserves a fair amount of low level system and user information when it creates images. Many items such as passwords to online banking accounts, network settings, and system and hardware specific settings will remain intact in all images that Phoenix creates. Attempting to use an image created by Phoenix for illegal distribution will likely produce an image that may not work properly on another system and will likely also contain information that's likely not intended for distribution.  Images created by Phoenix should be used only on the system they are created on.

Using Phoenix

Using Phoenix is incredibly easy. All the user needs to do is select the source and target volumes from the drop down menus on the user interface, select whether they want to do a volume copy or create a Phoenix Boot Volume, set any recovery options, and click on the Start button. That’s it! This is illustrated in the following image of Phoenix cloning a volume named "El Capitan" to another volume named "El Capitan Clone."

Phoenix in use

As shown in the photo above, the option to attempt to recover damaged files is selected. The drive used above is in good condition and when Phoenix  finished there were no errors. However, if some bad files had been encountered Phoenix would have made five attempts (set by the options shown above) to try and recover the bad files. If the recovery option succeeds, great - no data was lost! If it fails Phoenix displays the name of the bad file in both it's log file and on the display itself so you'll know which file(s) are bad, and then continues to copy and/or recover all the rest of the data on the drive. All operations with Phoenix are simple, whether you’re creating a clone of your primary hard drive (or any other drive, for that matter) or you’re creating a Phoenix Boot Volume. That’s all there is to it!

Purchasing Phoenix

To purchase Phoenix click on the Buy Phoenix Now button below. Phoenix can be purchased as a standalone product or bundled with Scannerz with FSE-Lite or FSE.
Note: Phoenix is also included in the fully featured versions of Scannerz.
          $13.95 For the Phoenix Standalone package

          $39.95 For Scannerz with Phoenix, Performance Probe 2,  and FSE-Lite for Mac OS X

          $49.95 For a Scannerz with Phoenix, Performance Probe 2, and FSE for Mac OS X combined
           bundle (save $9.95)

Buy Phoenix Now

Mac Universal Binary Icon

Scannerz, Scannerz Lite, FSE, FSE-Lite, Performance Probe 2, Phoenix, SpotOff, and Spot-O-Meter are Mac OS X universal binaries and support both 32 and 64 bit Intel based systems using Mac OS X versions 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite),  10.11 (El Capitan), and 10.12 (Sierra). Supported Intel based systems include all variants of the MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro, and Mac Mini.