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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), and 10.9 (Mavericks) 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, 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 or should not be used with any of the following types of devices:
 
               1. USB 1.0 or 1.1 devices.
               2. Network drives.
               3. Drives connected via Xsan or SAN
               4. Optical drives of any type
               5. Old hard drives using MFM and many SCSI interfaces
               6. Drive formats not natively supported by MacOS
 
 
What is Scannerz?
Scannerz is a hard drive, SSD, and system testing tool. Scannerz uses a much more sophisticated scan technology than other drive testing products commercially available for Macintosh systems. With Scannerz, a user can identify not only bad sectors or blocks on a hard drive or SSD, it can also be used to help identify other problems that often act like drive problems, such as bad SATA or I/O cables.
 
Scannerz comes in the following three packages:
 
  1.    Scannerz with FSE, Performance Probe, and Phoenix for Mac OS X
  2.    Scannerz with FSE-Lite, Performance Probe, and Phoenix for Mac OS X
  3.    Scannerz Lite
 
The Scannerz packages that include FSE or FSE-Lite, Performance Probe, 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.
 
With one of the fully featured versions of Scannerz, you can:
 
  1.    Detect bad sectors/blocks on a hard drive or SSD
  2.    Detect weak sectors on a hard drive
  3.    Automatically diagnose problems with Scannerz new Diagnostics Mode.
  4.    Identify emerging system or drive related performance problems before they become serious
  5.    Isolate external and internal cable problems
  6.    Isolate certain logic board faults associated with the computers I/O subsystem
  7.    Using FSE or FSE-Lite, identify excessive drive access often caused by background (hidden) processes
  8.    Using Phoenix, create emergency boot volumes and do basic drive cloning.
  9.    Using Performance Probe, further isolate performance problems that may mimic drive problems.
 
All versions of Scannerz were designed to be very, very easy to use. All you need to do to use it is click on the drive or volume you wish to evaluate and start a test. We recommend using Scannerz or Scannerz Lite on a monthly basis so you can identify problems before they become serious, possibly even crashing your system. A comparison of Scannerz and Scannerz Lite features is shown in the lower section of this page.
 
All versions of Scannerz now have full support for Core Storage volumes available in Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks, as well as full support for Apple RAID and most hardware implemented versions of RAID. All versions can perform tests on multi-drive/volume logical volumes under Mountain Lion and Mavericks, and fully encrypted Core Storage volumes and drives in Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks without the need for a remotely mounted drive or bootable volume. As of June 20, 2013, all versions of the fully featured versions of Scannerz (not Scannerz-Lite) come with our operating system tool named Phoenix, which will allow you to create an emergency boot volume to host Scannerz, create independent emergency OS drives, and copy (clone) your volumes.
 
From Simple Drive Tests, to Complex Troubleshooting, Scannerz Does it All
Scannerz uses the most advanced diagnostics in the world to check your hard drive while being easy to use. Typical users will find the drive evaluation process easy to use and understand. Advanced users will find Scannerz advanced diagnostics configuration and troubleshooting capabilities invaluable. Click HERE to see a tutorial on Scannerz basic operation. Click HERE to learn more about Scannerz advanced capabilities.
 
System Requirements
Both Scannerz and Scannerz Lite can detect not only errors, but 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.
 
 
Purchasing Scannerz
To purchase one of the  Scannerz packages, click on the Buy Scannerz Now button below.
 
Prices:
   $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 combined bundle (save $9.95)
 
 
Scannerz has been designed to perform all these tasks, and yet be easy to use. Click on the camera icon to the right to see some screen captures of Scannerz in action!
 
A Simple, High Performance User Interface
Have you ever seen the inside of a racing car? Is there a stereo system? Is there air conditioning? Are there plush leather seats? Of course not. A racing car is designed for performance and cuts out the unneeded, and so does Scannerz. We opted to design Scannerz with accuracy and performance in mind at the expense of a more elaborate user interface.  Scannerz can detect both errors and timing irregularities which other products completely miss. If you want a “show,” get another product. If you want the most advanced drive and system testing tool on the market, get Scannerz.
 
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. 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 stop, start, and resume a test when you want to. You don't need to tie your system down for hours on end just to test a drive.
 
Identify Bottlenecks That Can Act Like Drive Problems
Scannerz with FSE or FSE-Lite, can identify other problems that may make you think you have drive problems when none exist. FSE and FSE-Lite can be used to isolate not only applications that have become "drive hogs" but can also help identify other problems, such as malware. We’ve now added Performance Probe to this set of tools to help you assist in identifying performance problems, should your hard drive be in good working order.
 
Use Phoenix for Emergency Testing
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 failed, re-install the operating system without the need for media, and clone one volume to another. Phoenix and FSE or FSE-Lite are not included with Scannerz Lite.
 
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.