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Mac Diagnostic and Repair Software

Updated on December 11, 2012

Mac System Diagnostics Software - Can It Fix What Ails You?

Mac diagnostic and repair software software can help you identify or diagnose system problems on the Mac. Such software is used to check the memory, software and sometimes even peripherals that are attached to the computer.

Aside from this, computer diagnostic software can aid you with other problems you may be having with your iMac, Macbook, Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, Mac Mini or Mac Pro. Such software can check the RAM, ROM, the ram, processor, components, cash, volume structure, file structure, and the surface of your hard drive. Some diagnostic software will even check for viruses and software conflicts.

There is some overlap in features between the various Mac diagnostic and repair software packages, but there are differences as well. Two of the most popular packages for the Mac are TechTool Pro and Drive Genius. Both of these offer a full suite of tests and repair routines that can identify and sometimes fix any Mac-related problem you might be having.

What Can Mac Diagnostic and Repair Software Fix?

Such packages offer a full system scan and can display any errors they may find. More complicated issues, however, such as hardware failure, are an entirely different matter. These will generally require a technician at the Mac Genius Bar or other facility to repair the hardware. In such cases, except for total system failure, diagnostic software can at least uncover the problem for you.

There are more specialized software maintenance packages for the Mac as well. Spring Cleaning by SmithMicro Software, for example, can help you find and clean unnecessary files from your hard drive, including unneeded language files, Internet cache files, unused software, large movie files, unwanted music, empty folders and duplicate files. I was able to use it for finding many duplicate PLR (private label rights) articles that were cluttering my Mac's hard drive.

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Mac Diagnostic and Repair Software - Other Fixes

Some of the most common problems are the most obvious and easiest to diagnose. These can include insufficient memory and inadequate disk space. Either of these can result in your Mac running quite slowly. Upgrading your memory will cost some money (but is almost always worth it) while clearing a few files off of your hard drive is free.

For more basic needs, you may find that Apple's own Disk Utility will suit your purposes. This has a first aid feature that will allow you to identify and repair some problems as well as to erase disks, enable journaling and perform other tasks.

It is important to remember that diagnostic software for the Mac will not identify and solve all problems such as software conflicts or corrupted files; sometimes, your best course of action is to perform a clean reinstall of the operating system. Still, diagnostic software is one of the best ways to prevent problems before they happen.

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