Free recovery program for external hard drive?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by joojooyoufather, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. joojooyoufather macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2009

    I have searched the internet high and low for a free recovery program to recover files from a lacie external hard drive I wiped some time ago. Does anyone know of a free one since I have no money to speak of. I found one called 'testdisk' which is probably brilliant but unfortunately you need to be a programmer to be able to use it. Many thanks.
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    The most frequently used are Data Rescue II or File Salvage

    Unfortunately, neither are free
    But if you have "wiped" the disk some time ago, your chances are slim to none

    If your data is important, you will most likely need to pay for recovery
    Either for the software or for a professional service

    I am not aware of any "free" solutions that would do the job

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. dirt farmer macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2005
  4. joojooyoufather thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2009
    Hi thanks,

    I just looked at those programs and chose JFileRecovery 0.94. Unfortunately, it is not recognising my external hard drive that I wanted it to scan. So, I am stuck. Thank you for your help anyway. The other program looks very complicated but I will try and look at it again. Many thanks.
  5. marco114 macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2001
    Try Boomerang Data Recovery, you can at least scan the disk and see what it can recover. If you just need a few files, they have a 1MB free recovery and they also have like a cheap $15 recovery option to recover just a few files.

    If it doesn't show up in there, the drive is likely dead. You'd have to send it somewhere to have it professionally recovered. The cost will range from $750 to $2500 roughly.

    Drive Savers
    Kroll Ontrack
    Data Recovery Group

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