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Best Mac Data Recovery Freeware

Updated on August 28, 2014

What to Do if You Have Lost Data

Not all data can be guaranteed totally secure. Data loss may happen anytime and anywhere. That's when a professional data recovery freeware is of high importance. Here are the two best free file recovery programs for you to use in order to salvage deleted, formatted, corrupted, or inaccessible data from Mac-based devices.

If you have lost data, there is a good chance that you can recover it, especially if you have only lost one file. If you have lost a sizable amount of data, there is a good chance that you can recover some or even most of it.

As soon as you realize you have lost data, stop doing any further work on the computer. Immediately download one of the following programs and attempt to recover it. Putting it off and continuing to create, modify, and download files will decrease the chances of you being able to recover the data.

What are the Best Free Data Recovery Programs?

It’s really hard to find a piece of Freeware which can recover deleted files from Mac. Most demo versions are only available for scan and preview, and require you to upgrade to full version to retrieve files. Searching the Internet, I discovered two free recovery tools for Mac users.

MiniTool Data Recovery

MiniTool Data Recovery is built to recover data from IDE, SATA, SCSI, USB hard disks, memory cards, USB flash drives, and iPods. As of this Hub's publication, it was the most popular recovery tool for Mac on CNET for free.

  1. Once you have downloaded the application, click on it to launch.
  2. It will ask, "Choose a module to start recovery: Undelete Recovery, Damaged Partition Recovery, Lost Partition Recovery, Digital Media Recovery, or CD/DVD Recovery." Click on the option that applies. (See below for clarification on some of the options.)
  3. If you would like to recover files that have been reformatted, click Damaged Partition Recovery.
  4. If you would like to recover data from a flash drive, mp3 player, or iPod, click Digital Media Recovery.

Data Rescue for Mac

"Outstanding," say the editors of CNET when it comes to this recovery app. Part of what makes this app easy to use is the animated interface. This app is also available on CNET.

  1. The first step to recovering your files with this app is to click Start New Scan.
  2. Click on the hard drive or volume on which the lost files are located, then click Next.
  3. Select the task you would like the app to perform on your hard drive. If you have accidentally deleted a file, click Deleted File Scan. For all other files, first try Quick Scan. If the app does not recover all files, click Deep Scan.
  4. The app will pull up two folders, Found Files and Reconstructed Files. Note that Reconstructed Files will no longer have the same file name that they had when you previously saved them. Sift through these folders, by clicking on files, then clicking Preview in the bottom right. Alternately, you can filter the results using the Search bar.
  5. To recover the files, highlight the file or files you want to recover. Click and drag the highlighted file(s) into you preferred destination on the hard drive.

Final Throughts

Just select either of these data recovery freewares for Mac to get your beloved files as well as wonderful memories back.


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      Susan Hirst 2 years ago

      I really appreciate this data recovery advice. I lost a few work files on my laptop that I really need to recover. I'll be sure to check out the programs that you suggested.

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      kesermarin 2 years ago

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      Jackson 2 years ago

      Hey, thank you for your useful data recovery article! Last month, after my mobile phone SD card photos were lost accidentally. I had searched and learned a lot about missing data recovery. And rescued my original stuffs back even when there was no extra data copy left. Your article really gave many useful clues.

      Read more detailed information here:

      Also learn to make data backups from now on, just like me.

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      A trap... 3 years ago

      Only recover 1 MB for free... This is likely just an ad.

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      Peter Oscars 3 years ago

      Go for Stellar Mac recovery because some software give up when drive is unstable. Whereas Stellar Mac recovery uses advance algorithms to extract data even from an unmounted hard drive.

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      Andrew Watts 3 years ago

      Sometimes, Freeware supports at the best, but when it comes to recover the important data then definitely reliable and efficient tools must be used to regain Mac data. In fact I also came across this worst situation last month but fortunately I recovered my data till 2TB with a good software,2817,2415392,

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      Aeneas Williams 3 years ago

      Remo Recover (Mac) is best data recovery tool for Mac computers, it supports recovery of many types of data such as documents, zip files, audio files, video files and many more...

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      Terry Barlowe 3 years ago from Connecticut

      I back Niel. DiskDrill and a few other brands are well-known data recovery apps for Mac. Recovery quality highly depends on how exactly one's data was lost, and the app you choose. I recommend trying several. For me it's definitely DiskDrill. My company bought the corp edition, and i can verify its recovery quality and HFS rebuilding after incomplete or interrupted formatting. I also installed its free edition at home and keep my data protected and recoverable that way (something other apps cannot compete with). Happy user. Highly recommended.

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      Lisa Klain 3 years ago

      Two days ago, my computer deleted some important file automatically and I don't know way, I feel very helpless, so I search in google to find a way to find the files back, thank god, I found one, it help me recover 65M files freely, the delted files also in the files recovery, so lucky, I share the solution, read this

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      comply 3 years ago

      Mac Data Recovery is a wondrous utility that restores the corrupted, damaged, deleted or formatted data from HFS, HFS+ file systems of Mac hard disks. Usually, the Mac data is exposed to corruption under the general mishap situations such as virus attack, disk formatting, disk crashes, lost and deleted partitions, OS corruptions, disk failure, etc.

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      giordano 3 years ago

      This are NOT FREEWARE at all this are software that let you try a little ( the first 2GB the second only some kind of files) but if you really need it you have to pay for. What you don't understand in the word FREEWARE? FREE or WARE?

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      Alyssa Gowin 3 years ago

      To recover deleted files from Mac OS X, you may try UFUSoft Mac Data Recovery Tool. It is efficient to restore all corrupt, formatted, deleted or inaccessible MAC partitions. It can also recover files from mac hard drive. external hard drive, USB flash drive, memory card, SD card. The software also available free trial version.

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      charleymen 3 years ago

      Best Mac photo data recovery software to recovers lost photos, pictures, music files, movies etc.

      • Tool able to recovers data from Mac – Systems, External Drives, Digital Cameras, USB Drives and iPod.

      • Easily recover photos, music and video that have been lost or damaged

      • Software supports hard drives to recover data with capacities over 2 TB.

      • Software Recovers Thumbnails of the corresponding image files.

      • Comfort with Mac version OS X 10.5 up to the Latest OS X Mavericks.

      • Recover data from mac digital media.

      • Video recovery for mac.

      • Tool Can recover following file types: PSD PSP, INDD, TIFF, BMP, Tiff, JP2, PCT, PNG, GIF, JPEG, CR2, CRW, DNG, MRW, ORF, MOS, ERF, NRW, NEF,PEF,X3F,Sr2,SRF,ARW,RAF and RAW.

      • Software support audio files of MP3, RPS, AU, MIDI, OGG, WAV, AIFF, WMA, M4P, RM, RA and M4A.

      • User can view preview of recovered HD Mov file.

      • User friendly software for mac users.

      • User can also create an image of the attached storage media, so that you can restore your precious photos.

      • Try software Free Demo version.

      . Download Free demo version of software to recover photos from site

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      Vishal Chaudhary 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I didn't had pleasant experience with freeware data recovery software for Macs. I have both an Intel & Powerpc Mac which suffered data loss on 2 occasions. I tried few free wares but they didn't work as expected, they actually didm;t find what I was looking for. The same needed data was recovered by Stellar Phoenix Mac data recovery, though it was $99. But again this is the cost I was able to afford since the files were much more important. I could have rejoiced if the free wares had found my files, but that didn't happened. You can try the SPMDR software for free -

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      martylyy 3 years ago from USA

      To recover deleted files on Mac OS X ,i use UFUSoft Mac File Recovery

      The UFUSoft File Recovery for Mac is a comprehensive Mac data recovery software to recover lost/deleted data from Mac Hard Drive and Other Storage Devices.

      * Completely recover deleted, formatted and lost data.

      * Recover documents, images, videos, audio, emails, and archives.

      * Recover Mac data from Mac hard drives and most storage devices.

      * Preview lets you enjoy data recovery in advance.

      * An easy-to-use wizard, no prior recovery skills needed.

      * Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9

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      Ndrw Lmx 3 years ago

      EaseUS worked! I'm not really a "techie" guy, which is probably why I accidentally deleted a bunch of photo files. I was importing a bunch of photos into iPhoto today and I THOUGHT that it was copying the photos from my external drive to my Mac hard I deleted the pics from my HD...and then emptied the trash!!! I realized soon after that, although my thumbnails showed in iPhoto, the actual pics wouldn't retrieve. Once I realized my error, I was P-O'd big time. And I was sick to my stomach thinking of all of the irreplaceable images I'd just lost. I found this page with it's recommendations so I gave the EaseUS recovery software a try. And it worked! And it didn't cost me anything. Of course, I had only deleted less than half a gig, but I'm stoked!!! It worked exactly as easily as advertised, so now I'm back in business.

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      Hyde 3 years ago

      It is ALWAYS used by these data recovery programs... "FREE"- to recover ALL data.

      BUT, try to RESTORE it and uh-uh... gotta pay for that.

      I am trying to find my 227 gigs of HDD data that Apple store MORON n00b ERASED. Top it off, another Apple Tech deleted my BACKUPS...

      And Apple WILL NOT PAY. They're making ME pay for their TWO screwups. Grrrrrrr....

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      David 3 years ago

      Easeus worked perfectly for me - free

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      Mx Man 3 years ago

      Only problem is with both programs, neither is free if you intend to actually RECOVER what you find.