April 28, 2014 in Software (E)
[prMac.com] Reston, Virginia - Software and Computer Systems Company, LLC, (SCSC) has released a new, high performance version of Scannerz for the Mac OS X Operating System. The new release, which is version 1.8, adds enhanced high speed scanning capabilities to the product. 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 hard drives and SSDS, most RAID units, and Fusion Drives, but their supporting circuitry as well.
"The development of Scannerz dates back to 2010, and back in those days SSDs were relatively rare and the product focused primarily on standard mechanical hard drives," stated Bill Wagner, the company owner. "It became apparent to us when the performance specifications of the new Mac Pro were released that we needed to start looking at addressing the much higher performance characteristics of the newer technologies. Quite honestly, we didn't think we'd be releasing this as quickly as we did, but no sooner were the latest Mac Pro's released than one of our customers contacted us requesting a higher speed version of the product. Although we started implementing some of these changes back in version 1.7 of Scannerz, the latest version has been greatly enhanced performance wise and will allow SSDs and other high performance storage units to be tested by Scannerz by as much as three or more times faster. Although a fair number of hard drive users will not see such a drastic performance increase, we've seen high performance SATA based internal hard drives show an increase in testing speed by as much as fifty percent."
"Using this new version of the product hasn't changed from it's previous release, but current users should notice decreased test times for storage units, and in some cases these improvements will be substantial. Testing a drive, SSD, or RAID unit is still quite easy, which is typically done by performing an initial test on a storage device, 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 1.8 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.