Top 5 Choices for Mac OS X Deleted File Recovery Software
written by: DeborahWoehr•edited by: Michael Dougherty•updated: 3/18/2011
Have you accidentally deleted an important file? Perhaps your hard drive crashed before you had a chance to back up your data. Whatever the case, I have found software that can help you retrieve deleted files or files that are stored on corrupted media.
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FileSalvage is a Mac OS X deleted file recovery software that will recover your lost files, iTunes libraries, photos and any data that has been lost due to accidental deletion or corrupted media. It cannot recover files that have been overwritten by new data. Neither will it repair damaged files. It also cannot recover data that has been securely erased from a device or media.
Because FileSalvage is device and file system independent, you can recover your files from any media or file system that can be recognized in Mac OS X. This program also processes disk images, which means that defense attorneys and law enforcement can access EnCase®, Unix DD and CopyCatX image file systems without having to buy the computer forensics software to do it.
A free trial is available, if you would like to test out FileSalvage. The price is $89.95.
Boomerang 2.0 has six brand new recovery models. Recover a disk that no longer mounts or is formatted. Boomerang will present a list of found partitions and files when it finishes scanning your disk. The RAID reconstructor will help you recover critical data. The iPhoto-like recovery tool will give you a visual preview of the photos that you lost. It will also help you scan for missing or deleted partitions and recover accidentally deleted files. You can also recover data from damaged iPods.
A free trial is available for Boomerang. After the trial expires, you have the option of buying one of three editions–the Boomerang Home Edition for $99.95, the SMB edition for $149.95 and the Professional for $199.95/Renewal $99.
VirtualLab Mac OS X will work with almost all media types to recover volumes, reconstruct RAID partitions, undelete accidentally deleted files and recover lost photos. It recognizes all Firewire and USB external drives. It will also run on Intel and PPC Macs.
A free trial is available for VirtualLab. After that, the pricing starts at $39.95, depending on what version you get and the activation size that you select.
Stellar Phoenix Macintosh Data Recovery v4.0 is a comprehensive solution to help you recover data from lost, deleted, corrupted and formatted hard drives and external drives. There are four different scanning options–Quick Recovery, Deleted File Recovery, Formatted Media/Lost File Recovery and Search Lost/Deleted Volumes.
It is compatible with Mac OS X 10.3.9 and above. A free download is available.
Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery v4.1 offers Mac Drive recovery, Mac photo recovery, Resume recovery, Create Image and iPod recovery. It supports over 60 file types, including photo, videos, music, Microsoft Office and more.
It supports all Mac drives and is compatible with 10.3.9 to 10.6. A free download is available for you to test out the program.