Reston, Virginia – Software and Computer Systems Company, LLC, (SCSC) has released Scannerz 1.7 for the Mac OS X Operating System. Scannerz is a hard drive, SSD, and system analysis tool utilizing advanced diagnostic algorithms developed by SCSC. It can be used to analyze not only the drive, but the circuitry supporting the drive. Using the Diagnostic Mode, which is new in version 1.7 of the product, a user can analyze drives, SSDs, and the system for bad blocks or sectors, weak sectors, data corruption between the media and the hosting system, system bus and memory problems, and evaluate system and drive timeouts.
“This is a huge update to Scannerz,” stated Bill Wagner, the company owner. “Previous versions of Scannerz relied heavily on manual Cursory Mode testing by the user to evaluate more complex problems. This version, with the new Diagnostics Mode more or less renders Cursory Mode testing obsolete, and can catch problems that weren’t easily identified even by experienced technicians and engineers. It can catch data corruption caused by bad cables and faulty interface circuitry, catch system bus and memory problems, and detect timeouts often associated with system timeouts and excessing head parking events. This a big enhancement, and in our opinion clearly makes Scannerz the leading commercially available testing product on the market.”
“Using the new product is even easier than before. All a user needs to do is run an initial test on a target media, and if any problems are detected, just configure and run Diagnostics Mode tests on it. In Diagnostics Mode, Scannerz will perform a host of tests and identify the problem. For those suspicious of more complex problems, the interface and memory/system bus testing mode will allow a user to tell them whether or not the system or drive are really to blame.
All versions of Scannerz come bundled with FSE or FSE-Lite, Phoenix, and Performance Probe. FSE and FSE-Lite are file system event monitors that can track excessive file system activity and identify possibly rogue processes. Phoenix is an operating system extraction tool that can be used to create emergency boot volumes and perform basic cloning operations. Performance Probe monitors system activity, CPU usage, and memory usage, and may be of use isolating processes that are too resource intensive.
Current users of the product will be notified by the company in the next few days for update instructions. The update will be free for all current users of fully featured versions of Scannerz. Scannerz 1.7 for Mac OS X is fully supported by SCSC in the U.S. for registered users.
Software and Computer Systems Company, LLC (SCSC) was formed in 2005. It is legally licensed to do business as a limited liability company in accordance with the laws of the State of Virginia. Originally, SCSC focussed on producing its own line of cross platform software tools using Java. The applications consisted of performance enhancing application tools, engineering and scientific tools, and tools for the medical sciences. In 2008, SCSC changed its focus and became dedicated primarily to developing products for use on the Mac OS X and IOS operating systems. SCSC’s product line up for Mac OS X currently consists of Scannerz with FSE, Scannerz with FSE-Lite, FSE, and SpotOff with Spot-O-Meter. Scannerz is a hard drive scanning tool, FSE is a file system events monitor, and FSE-Lite is a less capable version of FSE and is included in all base versions of Scannerz. SpotOff and Spot-O-Meter allow a user to control and monitor Spotlight activity. Copyright (C) 2005-2014 Software and Computer Systems Company, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo and Mac OS X platforms are trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.