June 21, 2013 in Utility (E)
[prMac.com] Reston, Virginia - Software and Computer Systems Company, LLC, (SCSC) has released Phoenix for the Mac OS X Operating System. Phoenix is an operating system tool that allows the user to create emergency boot volumes, copy entire volumes, overlay the operating system onto a data-only disk converting it to a bootable volume, and re-install the operating system onto a new drive if needed.
"Phoenix creates two types of copies called a Phoenix Boot Volume and a standard volume copy," stated Bill Wagner, the owner of the company. "The Phoenix Boot Volume is a unique type of copy because it extracts the core operating system from a users drive and installs only that on the target volume. What the end user ends up with appears to be a completely new OS installation that they can use to host testing and diagnostic software, perform other copies, perform maintenance and repair operations between different volumes, and in the case of emergencies, actually serve as installation media. The volume copy is really nothing more than a simple volume copy from one drive to another just like those available with other drive cloning tools. The product is incredibly easy to use."
"We came up with the tool primarily so users could use it to host our Scannerz line of system and hard drive testing tools, but it's versatile enough that it can be used for a host of different tasks. For example, if a user has a system with an optical drive and the optical drive has failed, they can actually use Phoenix to create their own dedicated version of install media and use it instead of needing to repair the optical drive. The product will be included in all versions of Scannerz with FSE or FSE-Lite, but it can be purchased as a standalone product as well."
SCSC has issued cautionary information about attempting to use the product for bootlegging operating systems on their web site. The tool will not only copy the core operating system, it will also copy system information, hardware information, registration information, and some keychain information that will make the copies made by Phoenix unique to the system.
Pricing and Availability:
SCSC has indicated that the price for the standalone version of Phoenix is $13.95 (USD). The tool is now a standard part of both the Scannerz with FSE and Scannerz with FSE-Lite packages.
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) 2005-2013 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.