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Overview of TechTool Pro

Summary of Features


TechTool Pro is a full-featured computer diagnostic and repair utility. It includes routines to check your computer's hardware, software, and peripherals. If TechTool Pro finds problems with your computer system, it will let you know and will provide straightforward advice on how to proceed. If the problems are of a type that may be repairable by software, then TechTool Pro will offer you the option to attempt repairs.

TechTool Pro can perform a number of automatic checks and routines. These are designed to forewarn you of impending problems and to increase the chances of successful data recovery and repair in the case of disaster. These automatic features are fully configurable by you.

TechTool Pro also includes a number of features that allow you to more effectively work with your computer and data. These include defragmentation and optimization to enhance drive performance, data recovery routines to rescue data from damaged drives, and Wipe Data to securely delete sensitive information. You may even set up an emergency boot partition on your drive (without reinitializing your drive) that includes TechTool Pro. Then, if problems arise, you can boot from the emergency partition and use TechTool Pro to attempt data recovery and/or repairs.

TechTool Pro Interface

Even though TechTool Pro is an extremely powerful program, it is designed to be easy to use. When you launch the program you will see the TechTool Pro application window.

TechTool Pro 6 Interface

There are three main categories available within the TechTool Pro program itself–Tests, Tools, and Reports. When you launch the program the Tests window appears. Use the Category Selector bar in the upper left corner of the window to change categories as desired.

At the bottom of the application window is a bar graph for each processor core. This graph displays processor use for each core in real time.

TechTool Pro 6 Processor Activity

In addition to the three TechTool Pro categories, there is the TechTool Protection pane in the System Preferences. This is where you configure the automatic background routines of TechTool Pro.

The Tests category is where you configure and perform tests to check the functioning of your computer's hardware, check for volume corruption, etc. The Tools category is where you perform various stand-alone functions such as data recovery, file/volume defragmentation, eDrive creation, etc. The Reports window displays test results and other feedback from operations performed in the Tests and Tools categories. The report information is displayed in a tabular sortable format.

The Tests and Tools windows are divided into three main areas. The top half of the window is the Stage. This is where you view feedback about the currently running operation. Multiple tests can be queued up and the queue is displayed in the lower area of the stage. Tests are performed from left to right. Hovering the cursor above a queued item pops up a tooltip providing details about the particular test. Tools cannot be queued since they should not be interrupted as they perform their specific function. To the left beneath the stage is the Task Selection list. Select the Test or Tool that you wish to use from the list. Configurable options for that function will appear to the right in the Configuration area. Once configuration is complete, click the appropriate button in the Configuration window to add the test to the queue or to begin using the selected tool. Items in the test queue are automatically executed in the order they were chosen—left to right. You can remove a test from the queue by clicking the cancel button to the lower right of the queued test icon.

Stop ButtonYou can cancel all queued tests, including the currently executing test, by clicking the Stop button on the lower right side of the stage.

As TechTool Pro performs it various tests and other functions, it keeps track of what is done and what is found. This information can be examined in the TechTool Pro Reports window. The Reports window summarizes the results of all tests and is covered in detail in the Reference section of this manual. Select the Reports category from the Category Selector bar in the upper left side of the program window to view the report.

NoteNOTE Because some TechTool Pro operations need low-level access to the computer, they require system privileges in order to run. When this is necessary, TechTool Pro will display a dialog requesting the password for an administrator account. For security reasons, Mac OS X only keeps system level privileges active for a certain amount of time. Consequently, you may need to re-enter the administrator password more than once as you use TechTool Pro.

Online help is available for TechTool Pro through the Apple Help Center. Simply choose TechTool Pro Help from the Help menu while running an installed copy of TechTool Pro. This will bring up the TechTool Pro Help screen with indexed and searchable online documentation. Note that online help is not available when running the program while booted to the TechTool Pro DVD.

TechTool Pro Manual

The TechTool Pro manual is written for the typical Macintosh user. It assumes that you are familiar with the basic operation of your Macintosh and Mac OS X. The manual explains the many features of TechTool Pro and how to use the program effectively.

The first five sections of the manual are introductory. They include installation instructions, an overview of the program, and general troubleshooting information. The following seven sections, from Tests to Menu Options, are the main reference portion of the manual. They provide detailed explanations about each of the program's features. The next two sections include commonly asked questions, tips, shortcuts, and hidden features. These are followed by an overview of the Macintosh file system. This section is fairly technical and may be of interest if you want more details about the inner working of the file system. An understanding of the file system provides a better understanding of the types of problems that may occur with the volume structures and also the issues that must be addressed when repairing them. The manual ends with a glossary, which explains the technical terms used in the manual, and an index.

As you read through the manual you will encounter two special icons:

WarningPay close attention when you see this icon. It indicates that the information that follows is extremely important. You should read and understand it before proceeding. Failure to do so could lead to improper use of the program and possible loss of data.

NoteThis icon indicates that the information to follow provides clarification or supplemental information. Although the information may not be critical, it is highly recommended that you read it in order to use the program most effectively.