Reston, VA, July 15, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Software and Computer Systems Company, LLC, (SCSC) has released Scannerz with FSE-Lite for the Mac OS X Operating System. Scannerz is a hard drive analysis tool utilizing advanced diagnostic algorithms developed by SCSC. It can be used to analyze not only the drive, but the circuitry supporting the drive, helping the user isolate actual causes of problems before attempting a repair. FSE-Lite, which is a file system events monitor, can help isolate applications that may be generating excessive drive activity and mislead a user into believing their system has problems when none actually exist.
"People very often think they have hard drive problems when in fact they're not being caused by the drive but supporting components, such as faulty cables, bad connectors, or faulty logic board traces," stated an SCSC spokesman. "Some problems can even be caused by background applications or an anti-virus program locking out or hogging up drive access with the end user being completely unaware of it. I don't know how many times people have contacted us and sworn they had a bad hard drive and replaced it only to find the problems still persist."
"At SCSC, we decided to put an end to the guessing game. Other products on the market offer only a very basic surface scanning capability, usually coupled with a lot of other features like RAM testing or defragmentation, but the actual drive scanning process is limited and not terribly sophisticated. At SCSC we decided to develop a product that does only one thing, and does it very, very well. With Scannerz, the user will be not only be testing for surface scan errors, the user is also looking for critical timing errors and the repeatability of test results. This gives the user much more confidence knowing the source of the underlying problems."
SCSC's web site defines a critical timing error, which they refer to as an "irregularity," as a measured timing event that falls outside the bounds of normal operation. Instead of simply reading a sector on a drive and assigning it a pass/fail status, Scannerz measures the amount of time that it took to perform the operation. SCSC has found that an increasing number of irregularities is often a pre-cursor to a myriad of drive or system related failures. Irregularities are typically completely ignored by other hard drive scanning tools on the market.
Scannerz ability to detect not only surface scan errors but irregularities allows the user to isolate problems with the system more easily. Errors and irregularities that are repeatable over a fixed region of a hard drive's surface typically indicate that the problems are related directly to the hard drive's heads and platters. Irregularities or errors that are erratic and can't be associated with a specific region of the hard drive most often indicate that a component in the system itself is having problems. Both irregularities and errors often manifest themselves to end user as "spinning beach balls" when a system is running.
Scannerz offers end users two modes of operation named "normal" and "cursory." Normal mode is typically used by an end user to verify that their hard drive and system are working properly and to compare the results of the current test with previous tests to look for degradation. Cursory mode is typically used to evaluate a system when errors or irregularities have been detected and need to be investigated more thoroughly. Normal mode allows a user to stop a test on a drive and resume it at a later time which is useful for very large drives. Cursory mode allows a user to scan over specific regions of the drive to help isolate errors and irregularities.
Excessive hard drive activity may also lead an end user to believe that their hard drives are having problems when they may be functioning properly. This can often occur in a working environment when an application is installed by an administrator that the end user is unaware of. To help identify this type of problem, SCSC has included a light weight version of SCSC's file system events monitor, FSE, named FSE-Lite with all base releases of Scannerz. FSE-Lite will typically suffice in the identification of background applications that are drive intensive. Interested parties should consult SCSC's web site for more details on FSE if interested.
Scannerz with FSE-Lite for Mac OS X is fully supported by SCSC in the U.S. for registered users. More information is available at their web site at:
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.