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Top 5 Best Software to Recover Deleted Files on Mac OS X

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Losing files can be a stressful experience. And if you’re a business, data loss could disrupt your company’s day-to-day operations, costing you valuable time and resources.

Thankfully, there are data recovery solutions available to Apple users. If you lost files from your Mac OS X due to boot drive errors, bad sectors, malware, power failures or more, these software options can help you regain access to your data quickly.

Disk Drill

Disk Drill by Clever Files is a full-service data recovery software that gives Mac users the opportunity to recover their business documents, videos, music, and more. And you can do this in a few simple steps!

How it works is you download the software for free from Clever Files’s website. Upon downloading, you’ll want to select the drive you want data recovered from, press the recovery button, and wait as the software scans the drive. The software even has the capability to scan for files on failing drives.

After running its scan, you’ll have your choice of which files you want to restore.

Furthermore, the software can recover data from all connected drives. Simply choose that drive from the software’s menu and allow it to go to work for you.

Disk Drill supports over 200 file formats including music, video, Word, design, and many more. In addition, it supports all major devices including iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks.

The software also comes with a bevy of free features. Included in Disk Drill is a Disk Health feature that uses S.M.A.R.T. monitoring to check for hard drive health. Also, you’ll find a Mac cleanup tool, a recovery drive, and a data backup.

Along with a free feature, Disk Drive offers a Pro package for $89. Included in this is data recovery for one user and up to three Mac computers, a lost partition search tool, and a rebuild HFS+ tool.

The penultimate package is the Enterprise. With no limit on computers or users, this is the perfect solution for companies wanting quick access to data recovery software. And considering it only runs $399, it’s a small price to pay for quick support.


DMDE (Disk Editor and Data Recovery Software) can recover missing data for all folder and file types such as documents, movies, and video. Along with recovery, the tool gives you the option to edit and search for a specific file or partitions using its special algorithms.

There’s also a disk utility feature, where users can reconstruct RAID arrays for RAID-0, RAID-1, RAID-4, RAID-5, RAID-6.

Meanwhile, certain services of the app are free such as its RAID constructor, partition manager, disk editor, and tools to create disk images and disk clones.

The paid editions include additional file recovery options. The cost for these services starts from $20 annually for one Mac user to $95 for the DMDE Professional, which includes the ability to run the app on two operating system platforms.


As its name indicates, PhotoRec’s primary purpose is to recover lost files from a digital camera’s memory or Mac hard drive. Along with pictures, the software is able to recover data from CD-ROMs, hard disks, and other storage devices.

The software is free to try for Apple users. After downloading and launching it, the data recovery process is relatively simple. The software will scan any connected device such as a flash drive, camera or SD card.

After the scan, it will preview all the files you can restore. From there, simply select the data you want then recover it.

PhotoRec supports many different file types including CRW, JPG, AVI, and many others. What’s more, the software recovers missing data resulting from system failures, viruses, accidental deletion, and improper formatting.

Concerning price, there are three tiers of service options. One-year licenses run from $39.99 to $69.99. The basic service gives you unlimited data recoveries for photos while the more comprehensive package includes the photo and video repair.

Softtote Mac Data Recovery

This software is an all-in-one solution for Mac users in that it includes lost partition, photo, and file wizards, making data recovery much easier for the user. In addition, it is able to recover missing files due to improper formatting, malware, power failure, and other causes.

The software supports many different types of file volumes including HFS+, FAT 16/32 and the NTFS. And it can recover data from USB drives, digital cameras, hard drives, iPods, and SD cards.

There is a free trial, which allows you to sample the software’s easy-to-use interface. And if you do enjoy its functionality, you can buy the full software for $69.99.

Stellar Data Recovery for Mac

This is a free download and it comes with many useful features such as data recovery for internal and external hard drives and restoring files from the emptied trash.

Using proprietary algorithms, the software is able to retrieve permanently deleted data. It can also recover pictures from all supporting file types.

The software is easy to use. Upon launch, you can choose which file types you want the software to scan, making it easier to find specific files.

Similar to other Mac data recovery software, you can try it for free or buy a one-year license. The professional version will run you $79.99 and is perfect for when you need to recover deleted files. The most comprehensive version cost $199 and includes video and picture repair services.  

All told, there are many solutions for Mac users who lose access to data. Of all the software available, the best of the lot continues to be Disk Drill, which is easy to use, has a free version, and is effective for mining missing files for many different reasons. So, when you lose access to files, feel free to give it a test drive. You’ll be happy you did.