Data Rescue ONE
Company: Prosoft Engineering
Price: $59 to $419, depending upon storage and subscription plan

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We’ve all been there. You know you’ve made the mistake of accidentally deleting files that you desperately needed; and even though you were running Time Machine backup and an off-site backup solution, you still couldn’t recover the files you thought you lost.

That’s where the good people at Prosoft Engineering come in. Prosoft has been creating data recovery solutions since 2002.

Prosoft’s latest product, Data Rescue ONE, is unique to the marketplace because it combines their fantastic data recovery software with to a cool-looking bootable hard drive. The drives come in several capacities.

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About Robert Hazelrigg

Robert Hazelrigg The Graphics Guy Besides being an award winning Graphic Artist, Robert Hazelrigg also worked for Apple Computer and Adobe Systems Inc. As the Graphics Guy Robert provides innovative marketing solutions for small businesses, major retailers, and global corporations.

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Data Rescue 4 – Review

On March 21, 2016, in Apps, Hard Drive, Macintosh, Review, Security, by Peter Nikolaidis

Data Rescue 4
Company: Prosoft Engineering
Price: $0 – $299

Data Rescue AwardI recently had the opportunity to review Data Rescue 4.2 from Prosoft Engineering, including a branded copy of their Bootwell USB thumbdrive.

From the publisher’s website: Data Rescue is hard drive recovery software that can recover your photos, videos, documents from:

  • crashed, corrupted or non-mounting hard drives.
  • accidentally reformatted hard drive or reinstalled OS.
  • previous deletion, damaged or missing files.

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About Peter Nikolaidis

Peter is an entrepreneur, IT security guy, mountain biker, role-player, open-source legend, and naturalized Kryptonian. His latest string of letters after his name include CISSP, GCFE, GCIH, GPPA, GSNA, and is quite NSFW, JKLOL. Often splitting his time between rural Vermont and urban Boston, MA, while not negotiating galactic peace treaties, he enjoys coffee and networking of various types, and occasionally co-hosting a Podcast. He can be found sharing useful, amusing, or annoying tidbits on various social media platforms.

Drive Genius 4 — First look user report for BootWell disk repair
Prosoft Engineering
$99 U.S. for personal license; $15 U.S. for USB3 BootWell flash drive; professional and enterprise licenses are available


Drive Genius 4 is a suite of repair, performance, and protection utilities for the Macintosh and connected hard drives. Its software resurrects Macs that will not start under their own steam. The first time you need Drive Genius 4, its $99 U.S. price will be a bargain because you will be desperate and you will be overjoyed to have your Mac back in service pronto. Stuff happens, and when it happens without warning your computer will be sick and you won’t know how to make it healthy.

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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

Hear – Review

On February 9, 2015, in Music, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Developer: Prosoft Engineering
Version: 1.2.2 (2015)
Price: $19.99
Hear by Prosoft

Hear is a powerful audio equalizer for the Mac (or PC). In my experience, it does more to improve sound output than any other audio product I’ve used. Hear has been installed on my Macs since its early versions. Whether you have a set of small speakers or a mighty powered system with a subwoofer, the sonic improvements you can make are genuinely impressive.


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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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On August 27, 2012, in Features, How-To, by Rich Lefko


Some of us who write reviews and articles here at MyMac like to think we’ve got this whole Mac computer, iPad, iPhone, iStuff thing pretty well nailed down, but the truth is many of us fly by the seat of our pants with this tech stuff.

For instance, I have been ripping the DVDs I own for quite a while now so I can play the content on my Apple TV. I was getting pretty smug about it. I’d tell people that watching DVDs at my house was a thing of the past. No more DVD boxes laying about from my kids. Nope, we just flip on the Apple TV and there it all is just waiting for you. Well, that was before last Friday.

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About Rich Lefko

Rich Lefko has been a Mac enthusiast for many years and is always seeking out the most innovative applications, Apps, gadgets and hardware to tell us about. He uses his Mac expertise for video editing, record-keeping, business needs and in the management of a weather website ( his true passion in life. A native New Yorker, Rich lives in New Hampshire with his exceptionally beautiful wife and three perfect sons. Rich joined as a writer after winning a contest he heard on the podcast. As a result, Rich no longer enters contests. Rich accepts email at

Life changes forever when you have a 3TB external FireWire 800 + USB2 AC powered  hard drive. You can backup and archive anything and everything. You’ll be glad you paid the extra $60 over the price of the puny 2TB GoFlex Desk for Mac sibling.

So far so good. Hard drives backed up? Check! iOS devices backed up? Check! Photo and music libraries’ redundant archives? Check! Plenty of additional storage capacity for future expansion and bloatware? Double check!

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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

Review – Drive Genius 3

On August 10, 2010, in Macintosh, Review, by Russ Walkowich

Drive Genius 3
Company: Prosoft

Price: $99.95

Nothing is ever perfect, nor do things work perfectly all the time. When things go wrong with your computer, sometimes it’s something very simple that will only take a few minutes or one or two steps to correct. Other times, you aren’t so lucky and that’s when you have to bring out the right tools to find out what’s wrong with your computer. On the Mac you have Disk Utility or you can utilize applications developed by other companies, such as Disk Warrior or Tech Tool. Among the latter is also Prosoft’s Drive Genius 3, another tool that you might want to consider adding to your utility toolbox to help you out when things go bad.

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About Russ Walkowich

Russ Walkowich is the longest contributing member of MyMac, starting back in 1995. He has served as writer, author, editor, and spiritual guide to a tribe of MyMac Founders in all that time. Podcast 300: Milestones and Memories

On June 30, 2010, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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We finally get to our 300th show! It’s a trip through the past as Guy talks about the long strange journey that led him to the podcast. Congratulatory messages from a whole bunch of people and we announce the winners of the 300th Podcast Contest! We get our first two callers on the Skype number (703-436-9501) and Gaz talks about sharing apps and folders on multiple devices and iTunes accounts.


The 300th podcast is OVER! Stay tuned for possibly more contests in the future but if you didn’t enter , you already missed this one. Thanks again to our fantastic sponsors.

Smile on my Mac
ProSoft Engineering
Reggie Ashworth
Boinx Software
St Claire Software

Contact info: Gazmaz and Guy on Twitter, and,, or our Skype direct number 703-436-9501

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MyMac Podcast 298 – Who the heck is Tom?

On June 17, 2010, in contest, Mac mini, Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Some talk about databases (ACK!) and feedback from Reb Bliefernich which leads into a discussion about iPhoto and managing your pictures. The contest for the 300th podcast is soon going to end! You’re running out of time to enter for some grate free stuff! This week we talk about Hazel for NoodleSoft and Fotomagico Pro 3 from Boinx Software. We also apologize to Tom Schmidt for going outside the box for that weird suggestion from last week. Lastly we have a bit of a chat about Apple’s new Mac Mini! Is it the greatest thing ever or is Apple sending mixed signals about their product lines?

iPhoto Buddy
iPhoto Library Manager

The 300th podcast is getting ever closer! You only have until June 25th to enter. Here are some of the prizes!

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Creating a catastrophe on a Mac, or any other kind of computer, really isn’t all that difficult. Sometimes you get curious and want to try something you have no business messing with, and in the process you press a key and suddenly your eyes narrow and your stomach constricts. It happens the moment you realize you should not have pressed that key because now you’ve fallen through a trap door from which there is no exit.

I’ve done this so many times over the years that I’ve grown philosophical about it. But what exactly does that mean? It means two things.

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About Sam Negri

Sam Negri is a desert dweller and professional journalist. During a 50 year career based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, he traveled and wrote about every corner of the Desert Southwest. Sam is an active bicyclist, photographer, opera lover, and piano student.

MyMac Podcast 295 – Podcast Contest

On May 27, 2010, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Listener feedback and anecdotes about recording the 300th podcast contest commercial (we’ll put it out someday…the outakes that is). Gaz has some sound problems with his MacBook that required some major Googling and Time Machine to solve. Plus MacAlly’s Amptune, Smile on my Mac’s PDFpen, Westone’s True-Fit Earphones, Modulr, WiFi sync app, and much more. A MAJOR announcement and a new contest for the 300th podcast! Here are some of the prizes!

MacAlly Amptune $69.99
Smile on my Mac PDFpen $49.95
ProSoft Engineering’s Drive Genius $99 and Data Rescue $99
JoeSoft’ Hear $49.95
NoodleSoft Hazel $21.95
Reggie Ashworth’s AppDelete $7.99
Boinx Software’s FotoMagico 3 Pro $149
St Claire Software’s Default Folder X $34.95
Westone’s Westone 1 True-Fit Earphones $139

Contact info: and,, or our Skype direct number 703-436-9501

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Drive Genius 2

On July 21, 2008, in Review, by John Hamilton Farr

Drive Genius 2 (Version 2.0.3)
Company: Prosoft Engineering, Inc.

Price: $99.00

Prosoft bills Drive Genius as “THE industry standard disk utility for the Mac platform.” That’s a big claim, so I thought I’d have a look at the latest Leopard-compatible version, Drive Genius 2, to see if I could improve the performance of my 1.83 GHz MacBook. Short answer? Yes! Long answer? Read on…

I sometimes tutor Mac users and offer help when things go wrong. Most problems I encounter are simply due to lack of knowledge, not hardware issues. I’ve also found over the years that average users hardly have a clue when it comes to disk maintenance. Most of them get by just fine, thanks to Apple engineering and the general level of component quality. That could change, though, as more and more people fill up their hard drives with digital media files.

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About John Farr

John Hamilton Farr first met MyMac publisher Tim Robertson at Macworld San Francisco in 2000 and has contributed numerous reviews and articles since then. The author of Taos Soul, Buffalo Lights, and dozens of columns for Horse Fly, a monthly Taos newspaper, he has published online relentlessly since 1997 and currently writes at 7,000 feet from Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A.

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MyMac Podcast #166
Macworld Expo Day 3 David Pogue and Sinbad

On January 18, 2008, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Our longest podcast of the week is one of our best yet. Tim and Nemo look at the days event, and talk about some of the booths and events of the day. Nemo interviews New York Times technology writer David Pogue, while Tim does an on the spot interview with Sinbad. (yes, we know the audio is bad for the Sinbad interview, but what the heck.) More Apple Quiz from the Prosoft Engineering, and Guy and Nemo pay some Booth visits.

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MyMac Podcast 165
Macworld Expo 2008 Day Two

On January 16, 2008, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Booth recordings at EA Games, Music Wizard, Notion Music, and some Apple Trivia from the Prosoft Engineering Booth. A ton of fun, plus Larry, Guy, and Tim from the hotel room talking about some of the days activities. And what’s this about a NEW AOL Macintosh client? Really?

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Links from the show
Filemaker Pro / Bento
Music Wizard
Notion Music
Office 08
Prosoft Engineering

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Data Backup 3.0

On October 18, 2007, in Macintosh, Review, by Larry Grinnell

Data Backup 3.0
Company: Prosoft Engineering

Price: $59.00 (US)

Everyone hates doing backups. I know I do. Like most utility software packages, products like this are ignored until it is too late, and your precious data is gone. It’s funny how diligent I was at work (I suppose my job being at stake had something to do with it…), yet I almost never backed up anything at home. I’ve been playing the odds for a lot of years, and have so far been pretty lucky.

The reality is that because nothing has happened, you get lulled into a false sense of security. When it finally does happen (drive crash, deleted a vital file, etc.), the cries of anguish are deafening. Again, it’s never happened to me, but that doesn’t mean it won’t at the most inopportune moment possible, because that’s how these things go. That’s why I urge all of you out there in internetland to get yourself some backup software and one of those amazingly cheap external hard drives. There has never been a better time to buy one of these USB 2.0 packages of storage goodness. When you can by a 500 gigabyte drive (that’s half a terabyte!) for under $125.00, and 120 giggers for around 50 bucks, there’s absolutely no reason in the world not to embark on a solid backup plan right this very minute. Can’t afford an external drive even at these prices? Most of your Macs probably have a CD and maybe even a DVD burner. A CD burner can put up to 700 megabytes on a disk, and a DVD burner, around 4.5 gigabytes (almost 9 GB on the double-layer disks). You know, these nice internal and external hard drives are coming down in price for a reason–they’re built more cheaply, and are likely to fail more unpredictably than drives of the past. It might last 20 years, or it might go out in a blaze of glory tomorrow.

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About Larry Grinnell

Larry Grinnell has been a Mac user since before there were Macs, first being exposed to his brother-in-law's Apple Lisa 7/7 office system, in 1982 or 1983. After a nine year stint in the US Air Force, he took an electronics technician job at Motorola, Inc., where he stayed for almost 27 years. In that time, he held additional diverse positions from manufacturing engineering technician to technical writing to print production consultant to department webmaster. Currently, he's the sole technical writer for a small communications/electronics firm in Davie, FL. He is a member of the writing staff, and recently completed a two-year stint writing a weekly Macintosh and Apple-oriented column for the Palm Beach Business website ( In his copious free time, he does layout and prepress work for the Grinnell Family Association's quarterly newsletter, and runs their website at In 2013, one of his photographs was published in the New York Times. He just finished editing, layout, and prepress work for an all new Grinnell family genealogy, which promises to be roughly 2,800 pages in size. Publication date is tentatively scheduled for late 2015 or early 2016. Larry collects jazz guitar recordings, and is currently trying, for the fifth time, to learn to play the guitar. He lives in Greenacres, FL.

MyMac Podcast

On October 27, 2005, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

Contest Time! We announce the Prosoft Drive Genius contest winners, plus give instructions for the NEW Macromedia Studio 8 contest! Enter now, contest closes at midnight, Monday October 31st!

This is our longest show ever at almost an hour and a half. We talk the latest in the Mac world, how we record our podcasts, and so much more.

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Drive Genius 1.01

On March 11, 2005, in Review, by David Weeks

Drive Genius 1.01
Prosoft Engineering
$99.00 single user license

Prosoft Engineering’s Drive Genius (DG for short) is the latest entry in the drive maintenance and repair field. Drive Genius joins Alsoft’s Disk Warrior, and Micromat’s TechTool 4.

Let’s see what DG has to offer, and how well it works.

The product datasheet shows that DG has a veritable laundry list of functions. Here’s a list of the more important features:

DG comes on a bootable CD. New OS versions generally require an updated CD. This is true of all drive repair products that allow booting off the CD.

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Nemo’s first personal demonstration following Tuesday’s keynote address was by Serge Kamen of Intego. Their suite of security and backup applications is impressive and very affordable. Serge was calm in spite of chaos surging all around us. He walked me through major features and attractive interface in each component program. Intego appears to be attacking Symantec with full frontal assault. It will be a pleasure to audition such innovative new products.


Prosoft Engineering held an official press conference in quiet room 270, which felt a thousand miles from the Expo floor. Greg Brewer explained (and Nemo agrees wholeheartedly) that YOUR DATA IS CRUCIAL, much more so than computer hardware or software. Prosoft introduces Data Rescue, Data Recycler, and Data Backup, giving competition to Dantz, Symantec, and other utility developers.

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