Data Recovery Help!!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by jstrum, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. jstrum macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2008
    I just had an external hard drive corrupt and upon using a demo for a Data recovery program, realized that I have to pay 150 bucks to actually recover the files. Is there any kind of free data recovery software out there for mac? Please help I am desperate.
  2. mark2288 macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2006
    I don't know of any free data recovery programs but can vouch for Prosoft's Data Rescue. It saved 70 GB of photos I accidentally deleted and helped me recovery some data off a friend's corrupt hard drive.
  3. mrkgoo macrumors 65816

    Aug 18, 2005
    I know you don't want to be told this, but at least one backup system should be used by everyone. Time Machine at a bare minimum. Apple have literally made it a one button setup, and then nothing after that. People say they can't afford to do it, but really can you afford not to?

    I'm not really pointing fingers, jstrum, I'm just referring to anyone in general.
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    There are no viable free alternatives to programs like Data Rescue II or any of the other programs out there. If it's not worth paying to recover, it's probably not worth recovering.
  5. kmaute macrumors 6502


    Oct 5, 2008
    Grab a linux live disk, like Ubuntu, use Synaptic to install Autopsy and give that a go. Best free file recovery I've ever used. It's saved many a Phd dissertation when I worked at the help desk (although, I thought many times I should have allowed them to lose their dissertation - idiots for not backing up.)
  6. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007

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