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Best data recovery apps for Mac

It’s a nightmare scenario. Your Mac has been playing up for weeks but you’ve been ignoring it, or just haven’t been able to figure out how to fix it, and then it refuses to start up. Why didn’t you make that backup? Is there any way you can get back your lost data from your Mac? Luckily there are apps that can recover your photos and files from your failed Mac hard drive.

Before you consider one of these apps, you might be able to get your Mac up and running so you can perform that backup you should have done. Read: How to recover data from a damaged Mac. And speaking of backups, you might like to read: The best backup software for Mac and How to use Time Machine to back up a Mac.

If you are unable to boot up your Mac in order to try any of our suggestions in the story linked to above, your next port of call is a data recovery app. Luckily there are a few options here, some of which have trial versions that may be able to recover some files, and should, at least, be able to indicate that it will be possible to recover what you need before you pay a penny.

Unfortunately, this sort of software is pretty much always going to have a price associated with it before you can recover what you need – but if you’ve lost hundreds of treasured photos or the first 1,000 pages of your novel, then no price is too high, probably (of course that’s what they are banking on!)

What Mac data recovery apps can do

All data recovery apps work in a similar way. If the directory indicating where files were originally stored is salvageable, the rest is easy. But if that isn’t the case, the software will scan the data for familiar patterns that would denote a file type. Once it finds a file type, there’s a good chance that there will be data in that file.

But expect it to be a time-consuming process to piece the bits of files back together. With patience, most files that haven’t been overwritten should, in theory, be saveable. If a hard drive is still spinning, and the head is still scanning, there is still hope. Some drives can take days to fully scan, and the higher capacity they are, the longer it will take. But if it’s your wedding photos, or perhaps your Bitcoin vault that is missing, you can afford to wait.

The following are well known Mac data recovery software options that you might like to consider.

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Stellar Mac Data Recovery Professional

EaseUS

EaseUS

MiniTool Mac Data Recovery

MiniTool Mac Data Recovery

Data Rescue 5

Data Rescue 5

Stellar Data Recovery Professional

Stellar Data Recovery Professional

Disk Drill

Disk Drill

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