Prosoft Engineering has introduced Drive Genius 2, the latest edition of its hard drive maintenance utility for the Mac.

The new release is built on the same foundation as the original Drive Genius. Improvements have been made to speed and overall performance as well as full support for Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).

"One of the most noticeable and eye catching changes is the all-new user interface," said Greg Brewer, CEO of Prosoft. "We previewed it at Macworld San Francisco last month and it was once again our most popular product."

Drive Genius 2 offers many features to help Mac users maintain their hard drives; disk defragmentation, directory repair and repartition help users to optimize their drives to improve speed and performance.

The new version costs £68.95 including VAT, while an upgrade from a previous version costs £41.95 including VAT. The software is available from AM Micro in the UK.