What’s worse than discovering that your backup hard drive has mechanical difficulties that just killed a years worth of your pictures and videos? I’ll give you the answer: Discovering that the file system on your primary data drive is corrupt and also just killed that same years worth of pictures and video.
So what do you do? In my case, I dashed over to the Alsoft website and downloaded a copy of the well regarded Disk Warrior software. The reviews on this software are such that I expect people to regularly offer to marry the software and bear its little disk-recovery babies. That’s how good the reviews are.
Unfortunately, the software was no-go. It did not work. It did not recover my disk. Not only did it not work, but the horrible way it ran under Tiger OS X gave me the impression that it was a bad Carbon makeover of legacy 9.x code. (It may not be, but that’s the impression it gives.) For heaven’s sake, I couldn’t even drag the window when it’s scanning a disk. Nor did it offer a try then pay model. No refunds, no returns, no trial.
I’m out my primary data drive. I’m out my backup hard drive. I’m out a years worth of photos and videos. And I’m out $80 for the Disk Warrior software. And I am more than a bit cranky about it all.
So what are your experiences with Disk Warrior? Happier Endings? Let me know in the comments.
UPDATE: I’ve downloaded the Data Rescue II trial and I’m seeing whether or not it can find any data before I lay out another $99. According to the software, the scan will take an hour or two before I know. The Quick Scan did not work at all.
UPDATE II: The Data Rescue II scan worked beautifully! My data is (mostly) rescued and my $99 seems to have been very, very well spent. Thanks for the recommendation!
UPDATE III: Tech Support from Alsoft just contacted me by e-mail, gently chided me for not contacting them first to take advantage of their tech support and offered their help.