Saturday, 31 August 2013

Stellar Drive ToolBox the only one solution of your slow Mac

‘Why is my Mac Running Slow?’, it's very general question asked by many Mac users and the answer is quite simple ....
Most of us forget to clean Mac drive on regular basis , which leads to sluggish Mac performance. Mac systems are easy to use and trouble free but . It doesn't mean , you should ignore system maintenance. Because ,with the passage of time , there are lots of caches, hidden files, logs, duplicate files get stored in Mac , which consumes useful memory space. As a result of this , your Mac becomes more dirtier, hotter, slower, and less effective than is was on day one. Here are some tips, which helps you to bring your Macs glory back.

Stellar Drive ToolBox- A powerful and efficient tool to keep your Mac healthy

This software is a complete pack of 13 utilities, different utilities has different features. It has, surface scan, drive performance, drive status, partition Manager, Speed Up Mac, clone, Drive defrag, data encryption, wipe, stellar shield, Raw data editor, volume repair, Drive initilize.

Surface scan:-  Very useful tool to detect bad memory block in Mac drive. It helps to find out all bad sectors in Mac hard drive and provides information about it. You can resolve disk startup issues, disk read issues by scanning whole Mac drive with this tool.

Drive Initilize:- You can format your Mac hard drive and create HFS+ and FAT 32 partition.  You can initialize your Mac disk for making it compatible with the PowerPC Mac. You can choose GUID, Apple partition table  or MBR as per need.

Drive Performance:-  It helps you to test your system performance by comparing I/O data transfer rate. You can see the graphical representation of result after analysing.

Volume Repair:-  It safely verifies, repair and rebuild Mac hard drive volume. It helps you to repair permissions of various files and applications. 'Rebuild option' performs Verify and Repair operations simultaneously.

SpeedUp Mac:- This tool helps to scan whole system and deletes all duplicate files, large files, caches, system junks.

Drive Status:- This module helps to discover all basic details, full drive description and SMART Status of any Mac hard drive.

Drive Defrag:- This option helps to keep all fragmented data together in Mac hard drive to increase the speed of Mac. There are many options inside this tool like full defragmentation, Quick defragmentation, Metadata defragmentation, bootable DVD. You can get email notification after the completion of defrag process.

Partition Manager:-  This utility helps you to create, delete, format, resize and manage Mac partitions. These partitios can be easily hide/reveal for safety purpose.

Stellar shield:-  It keeps image of hard drive and you can restore eaisly from backup.

Raw Data Editor:- An advance users can use this utility. They can change minor corruption in file structure and modify Mac volume.

Stellar Wipe:- This utility helps to wipe unwanted and sensitive data from Mac drive. This kind of wipe data helps to stop unauthorised access of your Mac data.

Drive Clone:- Mac users can easily keep backup of their Mac data by using this utility. You can either keep your Mac data in the form of image or clone. Clone helps to create bootable backup of your whole Mac. It allows you resize volumes on target drive.

Data Encryptor:- Everybody wants to keep data secure, data Encryptor tool is the best solution of this issues. This tool changes your data into unreadable form and keep them private so that nobody could read it. Other decryption utility can not decrypt Mac data. This utility is the bonus utility by Stellar Drive ToolBox.

This tool of stellar is an awesome and works effectively with your Mac. However Many people says that Mac is the most stylist and advance Operating system so one does not need to keep such type of utility. But, it's my practicle experience that you can keep your Mac running fast and alive state with the help of using any Third party tool.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Issues With Time Machine in Mac Mountain Lion

Mac OS X is one of the most popular operating systems among tech people. It is very demandable and trustworthy for its unique integrated features and performance. One of the popular utility is 'Time Machine'. It is a data back-up utility developed by Apple for the Mac OS X. It was introduced with the release of Mac OS X 10.5.

The need of backup was felt a long before the launch of Time Machine in Mac. Mac users used to backup their data using CD/DVD or writing data in some external drive. But, it was lengthy and expensive process. The process was not widely accepted because whenever changes were made in original data the respective changes were not updated in respective backup.

Time Machine creates incremental backups of files, which can be restored at later date. So, if you delete any files mistakenly, you can recover easily with time machine. It works with iLife, iWork and several other compatible programs. Time Machine saves hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for everything older than a month until the volume runs out of space.

How Time Machine works?
It copies the files on your computer to a destination hard drive as a back up to protect you in case of any disaster or data loss. It keeps Incremental backup and works with Time Capsule.

What is Time Capsule?
The backup device used by time machine is called Time capsule. An external drive is used for keeping Backup data in Mac OS X and it is called Time capsule.

Incremental backup- An incremental backup is a type of backup that only copies files that have changed since the last backup. It saves time and money both. But, Mac user can face some limitations or drawback of Time Machine .

Problems related to Time Machine in Mountain Lion:-

1. Backup is not bootable:- Even though Time Machine backs up every file on your disk but if your internal HD fails, you can't boot directly from your Time Machine backups.

However, if you're using Lion 10.7.2 or above, and backing-up to a directly-connected external HD, there's probably a copy of your Recovery HD on the Time Machine drive, so if your internal HD fails, you can restore from that.

2. It doesn't keep data forever :- Time Machine doesn't keep its copies of changed/deleted items forever, and you're usually not notified when it deletes them(hourly backups combine and expire after a day).

3. It doesn't give you much control:- You can tell Time Machine to ignore particular files or folders by adding them to its Do Not Back Up list, But, you can’t exclude files based on certain criteria e.g all movie files over 2GB in size.

4. Doesn't compress files:- It doesn’t store duplicate copies of identical files, so it doesn’t compress your files.

5. Encryption:- By physical access of your Time Machine backup disk anyone can read all your files because It doesn't encrypt them.

6. Not compatible with FileVault:- Time Machine backs up FileVault-encrypted user folders only after logged out session—and does not permit file-by-file restoration of your FileVault data using the Time Machine program.

7. Doesn’t Use Optical Discs :- Time Machine can store its data only on a hard disk, not on CDs or DVDs

Keep backup with Stellar Drive ToolBox:-

Stellar Drive ToolBox is the complete pack of 13 utilities, it's upcoming version is 3.0. Drive clone is one of the most demandable backup utility which helps to keep backup of your Mac data. Time Machine cannot make clone of your Mac data but, you can easily create bootable backup of your Mac data which helps you to boot your system in case of any disaster. This utility provides many features like' image option', you can create image of your Mac data. So, this tool has the power to sole all your backup needs. The other benefit , you can gain from this tool is the maintenance utility which helps you to do partition, speed up, defrag, wipe, encryption etc. for your Mac.