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Scannerz for Mac OS X

Diagnose existing problems and identify developing problems before they become serious.

Performance problems can be hard to diagnose. Is that old hard drive in the process of dying? Is that brand new SSD not functioning properly? Does the system logic board have some type of problem? Is it an application? Is it malware? These types of problems often have similar if not identical symptoms. Without the proper tools to evaluate the system and software, users often end up pursuing a guessing game which may include replacing parts unnecessarily at the expense of time and money.

What is Scannerz for Mac OS X?
for Mac OS X is a set of tools designed to help you solve these types of problems. The package consists of Scannerz, Performance Probe 2, FSE or FSE-Lite, and Phoenix. We also have a basic package named Scannerz Lite which is a simplified version of Scannerz and will be described later.

, the primary tool in the package, can evaluate internal and external hard drives, the system bus, the system RAM, as well as all drive interconnections. With Scannerz, you can do the following:

Aside from detecting existing problems with a system, using the product once a month on a system that appears to be in good working order may very well identify problems that are just beginning to emerge.

Performance Probe 2
can help isolate problematic applications and identify excessive drive and network use. Many times when problems occur, they aren't related to hardware at all but they have symptoms which act like drive or system problems. This is why this application is included in the package. Performance Probe 2 continually monitors the system and displays basic system resource consumption in a small window. If the system starts to show signs of problems, the user can click on a button which will allow the user to monitor memory and CPU consumption, system loading, and graphically depict network and drive use.

FSE or FSE-Lite can identify the sources of excessive drive use and monitor drive activity. FSE is configurable, whereas FSE-Lite is not. Aside from identifying which applications are "hitting" the drive, both can log drive activity when problematic applications, such as malware or adware are installing themselves or making modifications to a system.

Phoenix is a tool for creating emergency boot volumes from an existing system and can perform basic cloning. The emergency boot volume, which we call a Phoenix Boot Volume, can be used to help try to recover data from a failed or failing drive in the event the primary disk is no longer bootable. It's basic cloning capabilities may be used to try and copy data from a damaged drive to a new drive.

In addition to the fully featured versions of Scannerz we've just described, we also offer the package named Scannerz Lite. Scannerz Lite which tests only system hardware, hard drives, and SSDs, and provides a user with a pass/fail on the system.

Scannerz variants come in the following three packages:

The Scannerz packages that include FSE or FSE-Lite, Performance Probe 2, and Phoenix, are referred to as the fully featured versions of the product, whereas Scannerz Lite is a less sophisticated subset of the fully featured version. Performance Probe 2, Phoenix, and FSE can be purchased as standalone products and more detail on them may be obtained by visiting the web page associated with each product. Simply go to the menu bar at the top and click on the link associated with each product in the menu.

How Difficult is Scannerz to Use?
All versions of Scannerz were designed to be easy to use. All you need to do to use it is click on a drive or volume you wish to evaluate and start a test. During the testing process, Scannerz will be tracking more than hard drive or SSD data, it will be making other measurements on your system to help identify other problems, such as cable, RAM, and system bus or CPU problems. If problems exist, they may be easily and thoroughly evaluated using Scannerz Diagnostics Mode. In Diagnostics Mode, Scannerz can run tests on the drive or other system components to help you identify the root cause of the problems. 

Click HERE to see a tutorial on Scannerz basic operation.   Click HERE to learn more about Scannerz advanced testing capabilities. To see some screenshots of Scannerz in use, click on the camera icon below.

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              Scannerz Screenshots page


Catch Problems Before they Occur
Scannerz can detect problems that are in the initial phases of development that other products costing three times as much often miss. We recommend that new users create a Phoenix Boot Volume  using Phoenix (included in the package) when they get Scannerz to be prepared for any emergencies that may occur in the future and then run Scannerz on their system and drives once a month to find any problems before they become serious. Why wait for a catastrophic failure to occur if Scannerz can detect the problem before it becomes serious?

Test When You Want To
Scannerz allows you to start, stop, and resume a test when you want to, while other products on the market require uninterrupted test time to test a drive's integrity. If the drive is big, this may tie your system down for hours. If you have a big, slow backup drive with terabytes of data on it, do you really want to tie your system up for hours on end just to evaluate the drive? With Scannerz you can test your drive in separate sessions, over lunch hours for example, and start, stop, and resume them at your convenience. No need for tying the system up for hours on end any more, after all you probably have better things to do than wait for a test to complete.

Identify Bottlenecks That Can Act Like Drive Problems
As stated previously, the fully featured versions of Scannerz all come with Performance Probe 2, as well as FSE or FSE-Lite, depending on the package selected. Many times a user can have problems that are related to software or system use, and yet they act just like hard drive, SSD, or system problems. These tools can help you properly identify the real culprit in the event Scannerz finds no problems with your system. 

Use Phoenix for Emergency Testing and Limited Recovery
Phoenix, which now comes with all releases of the fully featured version of Scannerz can extract the core operating system from a working volume and create an emergency boot drive, called a “Phoenix Boot Volume.” This can be used to launch Scannerz for testing in the event the main hard drive has problems, re-install the operating system without the need for media, and clone one volume to another. If a drive is partially damaged but can still be seen by the system, Phoenix can successfully clone off the good files to a good, working volume, leaving the damaged files behind.

Scannerz and Scannerz Lite Differences
The following table illustrates the differences between Scannerz and Scannerz Lite, as well as how they compare to other products on the market. A brief write up underneath the table spells out the differences.

Scannerz vs.
          Scannerz Lite

Both Scannerz and Scannerz Lite can detect not only errors, but timing irregularities. Irregularities often occur when a drive or a subsystem component is in the process of developing problems. Scannerz and Scannerz Lite are the only commercially available tools on the market with this type of detection capability.
The fully featured release of Scannerz performs drive profiling, which can help the user clearly identify and head off problems related to a drive before they become serious by monitoring the historical performance of the drive and generating reports at the end of each test to indicate the current status of the drive. It also has three test modes named  Normal Mode, Diagnostics Mode, and Cursory Mode. Typically, you click on a few buttons to set up a test in Normal Mode, and if Scannerz finds problems or possible developing problems, it quickly evaluates them using Diagnostics Mode. A Diagnostics Mode test is fully configurable allowing the user automatically re-evaluate and thoroughly analyze problems. Both Diagnostics and Cursory mode tests can be manually configured by the user to run customized tests and perform advanced troubleshooting if needed.
Scannerz Lite, on the other hand, is a fairly simple and straightforward tool. It does a test over an entire drive or volume, and when complete it simply informs the user what the status is. There is no option to perform diagnostics or limited scans over suspected problematic regions, there is no logging window, and there is none of the drive profiling and analysis available with the fully featured version of Scannerz. Scannerz Lite provides a quick, easy, and low cost solution for someone that simply wants to ensure their system and drive are operating properly.

System Requirements Mac Universal Binary
            Icon Scannerz and Scannerz-Lite can be run on normally configured systems using Mac OS X versions 10.5 (Leopard), 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), and 10.10 (Yosemite) using supported Intel or PowerPC processors using drives with SATA, IDE, FireWire, most Thunderbolt, and USB 2.0 (or greater) drive interfaces.  Both Scannerz and Scannerz-Lite are fully capable of handling Core Storage components, including  full volume encryption using File Vault 2 under Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks, and Yosemite, multi-drive/volume virtual volumes using Core Storage, support for Apple RAID, support for most implementations of hardware RAID, and limited support for third party software RAID implementations.
Scannerz and Scannerz-Lite will not support any of the following types of devices:

  1. USB 1.0 or 1.1 devices, because the devices are so slow.
  2. Network drives, because they're too susceptible to network and connection problems
  3. Drives connected via Xsan or SAN, because so few of them are in use on normal systems.
  4. Optical drives of any type, because optical media itself tends to be the problem, not the drive.
  5. Very old hard drives using MFM and many SCSI interfaces, because they're rarely used anymore.

None of these devices should stop Scannerz or Scannerz Lite from operating properly, we've simply decided not to support them.

Purchasing Scannerz
To purchase one of the  Scannerz packages, click on the Buy Scannerz Now button below.

   $21.95 For Scannerz Lite

   $39.95 For Scannerz with FSE-Lite, Performance Probe, and Phoenix

   $49.95 For a Scannerz with FSE, Performance Probe,  and Phoenix

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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 Intel and PowerPC G4 and G5 based systems using Mac OS X versions 10.5 (Leopard), 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), and 10.10 (Yosemite). PowerPC based systems must use Mac OS X 10.5

Supported Intel based systems include all variants of the MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro, and Mac Mini. Supported PowerPC based systems must be running MacOS 10.5 (Leopard) and include the iBook, Power Mac, eMac, iMac, Mac Mini, and PowerBook G4 Series.