Resolved Data Recovery software

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by LastLine, Jan 21, 2007.

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  1. macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2005
    Hey all, i've just lost some important pictures off of a camera memory card that I wanna try and get back, anyone know of any free/trial software I could use to try and help me with that?
  2. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    First thing to do is stop using the Mac as the chances of your files being overwritten increase as time goes on.

    Most of the data recovery software trials I tried will let you see what is recoverable but you then have to pay money to get the fully-functional version for recovery.

    TechTool Pro did the trick for me on some large files I stupidly trashed.
  3. macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2006
    One Nation Under Gordon
    If it's off a memory card and we're not talking about discs, then you're likely out of luck. The only way you can get files off a normally functioning card is if you haven't emptied out the wastebasket yet. If it's a dodgy card, the chances of recovery are even slimmer.
  4. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2005
    Nah, I've got a bit of windows software back hoem that'll do the job, just wanted to try doing it on the Macbook. Seems like I'm out of luck lol
  5. macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2006
    Have a look at this post on TUAW from the beginning of this month. They begin by recommending a piece of pay software, but people in the comments suggest various free alternatives for recovering photos from memory cards.
  6. macrumors member


    Nov 8, 2005
    New Bern, NC
    I've had good results using PhotoRescue with my Sony MSPD on a few occasions. It is not free ($29), but as with other programs mentioned here, you can download the demo to see what files you will be able to recover before paying for the full version. Hope this helps.
  7. macrumors member


    Oct 13, 2006
    try this one

    even worked with a thumb drive..i deleted some photos a week before..and after that i even copied new files and the program still recovers all of photos..pretty good software to me.
  8. macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2001
    data recovery software

    Here's another Mac app that has been around a long time and not many people know about: Boomerang Data Recovery Software.

    I've also used VirtualLab Data Recovery Software (OS X version) but found it to be much more expensive and you have to pay for each use. Boomerang seems better.

    I've also used TechTool, but it doesn't really "recover" data. Disk Warrior isn't really a recovery tool either, it does repair. Sometimes that can be bad on a volume that doesn't mount because there can be worse problems than just directory structure.

    I haven't used Data Rescue yet but I've heard its not too bad.
  9. macrumors 68040

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida
    This is what i've used and it ROCKS.

    Worth the $$ (saved pictures from my brothers wedding!!)

    I've had to use it 3 more times since i got it. Highly recommended on
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  11. macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2011
    Savannah, GA
    Photorec worked great!

    Thanks Jim. I was looking for something free and the Photorec software was perfect. Relatively straightforward (even if it is command line based) and I was able to retrieve 600 pics that would have been lost otherwise.

  12. macrumors newbie


    Dec 23, 2011
    Since what "LastLine" lost were originally located on the camera (memory card), I suppose the first thing should do is stop taking more photos (or videos) using the same camera card instead of stop using the Mac. :)

    TestDisk is definitely the frist option as it is completely freeware. But there are some other options available here, listing a couple good software for recovering digital camera files on both PC and Mac. Though not freeware, free scan & fair price are also worth for a trying.

    Remember - do a regular backup and bear the concept of "data backup" in mind for always, I promise it won't hurt! Happy the holiday! Regards.
  13. macrumors member


    May 12, 2011
    I hope the thread starter is not still waiting for a fix :)..
  14. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2005
    Yes, thankfully I did sort it many years ago - but kudos for trying!
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