MacPitStop.com has posted a new version, 1.2, of Heat FireWire Utilities, that improves Mac OS 9 compatibility, as well as operation with older operating systems.
Heat Utilities offers users the capability to partition, format, defrag and optimize their FireWire-based hard drives. Heat Utilities includes its own driver that controls your FireWire hard drive. The software also incorporates HFS Guard, which is described by MacPitStop as a “protection mechanism” that will help to facilitate the recovery of lost data in the future, with applications such as MacMedic, another program in MacPitStop.com’s arsenal.
The new version features a new compatibility engine to check other drivers that might be controlling a FireWire drive and gives the option to disable the conflicting driver, MacPitSpot spokesperson Marc Pope told MacCentral. The release also includes RBC (Reduced Block Command Firewire Bridges) support.
Pope said that Heat Utilities will come in handy for users who are building their own FireWire drives. Companies now offer IDE to FireWire conversion kits to enable hobbyist or thrifty users to recycle hard drives they’d otherwise have to discard or install internally in a Mac.
Heat Utilities 1.2 is a free download for registered users. A CD version is also available for US$9.95. Details can be found at the
MacPitStop Web site.