January 07, 2005

DiscWarrior and advice in general

OK, I know I said I wasn't going to make a habit of promoting software here, but I have to add this. You can't see it now, but I've added some categories to this blog, so in the near future you might be able to happily avoid computer-related entries.

Anyway, my brother was having some trouble with the hard drive on his PowerBook. It was so corrupted that he couldn't even get it to mount to be repaired, even when he used it as an external disc in Target Disc mode. I recently went through a similar problem with an external Firewire drive I had been using in Mac OS 9 (OS 9 + firewire drive = big trouble in my experience), and while I couldn't remember the sequence of steps, I did remember that Alsoft's DiskWarrior saved the day again. We figured out the steps:

  1. Boot your computer with the DiscWarrior CD-ROM.
  2. Open the DiscWarrior application.
  3. Connect and power-up the external hard drive.
  4. The drive will now show up in DiscWarrior's popup menu of available drives.

If you don't follow this order, the OS 9 Finder will "see" the disc first and complain that it's unreadable, then force you to initialize (don't!) or eject it. Only when DiskWarrior is the active application will it intercept the newly-mounted disc.

DiskWarrior has saved my butt a few times now, and I consider it one of my most valuable software purchases. They even let you mail order the disc, but download a version to use right away if you need to get at your data.

 

The reason I decided to post this is because I have this dream of creating a single database of miscellaneous, reader-moderated advice. On everything. The web is great, and google is a big help, but sometimes it's hard to find an answer to a really silly question. For example, wouldn't it be nice to get all the tips on LAX terminal 3 before you went there? Which is the best bathroom? Where are the most convenient power outlets? Is there any good food there?

Maybe this database exists out there. Let me know if you find it.

Posted at January 7, 2005 10:27 AM, Categories: Computing
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