Does Disk Doctors Mac Data Recovery Software Do the Job?
Mac OS X users can suffer from disk problems just like users of other operating systems. File systems, no matter how resilient, have limits and data is subject to loss due to human error no matter which OS you prefer. So what options do Mac users have when their files or folders are lost, corrupted, or a disk is wiped or unmountable? One option for recovery is offered by Disk Doctors. Disk Doctors Mac Data Recovery Software supports data recovery on Mac OS X 10.4 and above, on the HFS+ and HFSX file systems. How good is it? Let’s find out:
Features (4 out of 5)
Disk Doctors Mac Data Recovery Software presents a user interface similar to the Finder, with the capability to read data directly from a disk even when there are severe disk problems. The software can recover data in many instances, including when: a volume is reformatted, repartitioned, or not able to be mounted, when files or folders are deleted, when the partition map or catalog file is corrupted, when the drive has been initialized, and when disk verify and repair has failed. Mac Data Recovery runs on Intel or Power PC based Apple Macintoshes.
Mac Data Recovery can even work to recover files from a Mac boot disk or system drive by installing the software on another Mac, and connecting the two machines together via Firewire and attaching the disk to recover using Target Disc Mode.
Installation and Ease of Use (5 out of 5)
Installation is straightforward, and as simple as any other program. On running the program you find that selecting a drive and viewing files is just as simple and intuitive as the Finder. The process is as simple as selecting a physical drive, selecting a volume for recovery, and then searching or scanning for files and then preview or save files found or recovered.
You need a good drive and volume separate from the one you are recovering data from to install the software and save recovered files to–writing to the same drive is unsafe and can destroy data permanently. The software works in read only mode on corrupted drives, and does not attempt to repair or modify the corruption, it just reads directly from the disk to retrieve the data.
If you are not sure if Mac Data Recovery will work or is right for you, you can download and use the demo to see if the files, folders, volume, drive and the data you want can be recovered.
Pricing (3 out of 5)
Mac Data Recovery lists for $179. While not the least expensive recovery software out there, what price can you place on the ability to recovery your precious files? Other options are similar in cost–but are they as comprehensive and effective? Others are more expensive if you are a business or have many computers.
Overall (4 out of 5)
Disk Doctors offers numerous other products including recovery software for Windows, Linux, Solaris, and email recovery software for Outlook and Outlook Express. They also provide special tools for photo and music media recovery, as well as system utilities and data security programs. Disk Doctors brings expertise and cross-platform data recovery experience to the Mac user with Mac Data Recovery.