Micromat Inc. has introduced TechTool Protege, a new Mac OS X troubleshooting and diagnostic tool stored on a bootable 1GB Firewire-based flash drive. TechTool Protege is shipping now but will make its public debut at next week’s Macworld Expo in San Francisco. It costs $229.
TechTool Protege combines the latest version of Mac OS X, the latest release of Micromat’s TechTool Pro, and a drive utility called Disk Studio. With TechTool Protege in hand, you can boot a troubled computer, run diagnostic software, and make adjustments or repairs as necessary.
You can diagnose the condition of the target Mac’s hardware, repair and diagnose hard drive problems, optimize and defragment the drive if necessary, rebuild volume directories, attempt to recover data, repartition drives without losing data and more, according to Micromat.