Data Res­cue 4.1

Re­cover lost and cor­rupt data

Mac Format - - RATED | MAC APPS -

$99 (around £65) De­vel­oper Prosoft En­gi­neer­ing, prosoft­eng.com

Re­quires OS X 10.7.5 or higher, Core 2 Duo or bet­ter, sec­ond hard drive

This heavy­weight tool has long of­fered one of the best shots at re­cov­er­ing data. It’s ca­pa­ble of read­ing and copy­ing data from phys­i­cally fail­ing drives as well as re­cov­er­ing lost or deleted files. So long as the drive is vis­i­ble to OS X, Data Res­cue can prob­a­bly help.

Ver­sion 4’s main new fea­ture is BootWell. This re­quires a USB flash drive – you can sup­ply your own or buy one pre-built for $15 (around £10) plus ship­ping – and works out­side of OS X to re­cover data from your main drive. It also im­ple­ments NTFS sup­port for re­cov­er­ing data from BootCamp drives and makes fewer de­mands on your Mac, so won’t tie it up dur­ing lengthy re­cov­ery ses­sions.

It may not be the quick­est, but Data Res­cue re­mains one of the best tools for max­imis­ing your chances of res­cu­ing your data from a dud drive out­side of an ex­pen­sive re­cov­ery spe­cial­ist’s lab. Nick Peers

Data Res­cue 4.1 doesn’t rein­vent the wheel, but adds use­ful tools to make it a wor­thy in­vest­ment.

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