FileSalvage for Mac

FileSalvage for Mac


Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 21 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
7.5
File Size:
28.98MB
Date Added:
February 02, 2012
Price:
Free to try; $79.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.6/10.7
Total Downloads:
12,880
Downloads Last Week:
44
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

With its clean, accessible user interface, FileSalvage for Mac allows you to search and recover accidentally deleted documents from working as well as damaged hard drives with ease. It's a premium app that comes bundled with several useful features, including a file viewer and the ability to save your scanning progress. If you're willing to pay for those features, you'll like this app.

Following a quick installation, FileSalvage for Mac's trial version lets you try out the Expert mode -- two others are available for the premium edition. The interface has a clean and modern look that ranges in complexity depending on the selected mode of operation. The app scans files reasonably quickly (1GB/minute) and has a good recovery rate. Two features that will impress you are the ability to scan and retrieve files from disk images (DMG files), and the implementation of a QuickLook-like action, which lets you preview selected files by pressing the spacebar. Another nice touch is the ability to save your scan progress and resume it later from where you left off.

Whether you're a casual user who occasionally deletes files by accident, or a Mac consultant who does data recovery for clients, FileSalvage for Mac won't disappoint you. While the price tag may be high for some users, professionals who rely on this type of software will find the performance and features worth the investment.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of FileSalvage for Mac 7.5.

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  • 3 stars

    "Works ok with some popular file types"

    November 16, 2011   |   By usergalway

    Version: FileSalvage 7.0.1

    Pros

    FileSalvage recovered a layered Adobe Photoshop file that I could have re-created in about 1.5 to 2 hours. Also recovered personal JPEG photos that I would have had to re-download from email archives. Also, recovered an Adobe Illustrator file that I might need, about 0.5 hours' work. The software supports recovery of many file types (MS Excel, MS Word, rtf, etc), but leaves out some that I needed.

    Cons

    FileSalvage did not recover any spreadsheet files saved as iWork Numbers (Mac's answer to MS Excel, file type .numbers). Software did not indicate that it had recovered any files saved as Plain Text, ".txt." These were among my primary motivations for paying $80. I had hoped to recover these, but will have to re-create. I went back to the publishers website and did not see a file-type list in the FAQ's.

    Summary

    Might be an excellent value for a different user. It's a close call whether I would have paid $80, if I could somehow have known the results in advance, but I would say no, I would have passed, and recreated the lost files if and when necessary.

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  • 1 stars

    "What A Joke"

    June 15, 2010   |   By robertmro

    Version: FileSalvage 7.0.1

    Pros

    ..........

    Cons

    ..........

    Summary

    They have been claiming to have 7.0.2 available for download but it's not.
    It's 7.0.1.
    If they can't their act together how good can the software be?

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  • 1 stars

    "Advertised version not available"

    May 16, 2010   |   By ScottieBeach

    Version: FileSalvage 7.0.1

    Pros

    It's good software. Does what it's supposed to do.

    Cons

    I've only got 7.01. 7.0.2 isn't really available from the download site.

    Summary

    If you haven't got 7.0.1 then download this. It's worth having. If you've got it already then don't bother with this as it will only get the same for you again.

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  • 1 stars

    "Over promises, under delivers, over charges"

    March 07, 2010   |   By paul-2010

    Version: FileSalvage 7.0.1

    Pros

    Easy to use (i.e. it does very little hence there are few controls)

    Cons

    Astonishingly slow, ineffective, incomplete, buggy, no directory recovery, meaningless name service, virtually non functional 'preview' function and largely a failure at it's design intention - acceptable if it weren't astonishingly expensive!

    Summary

    Do not purchase this staggeringly expensive and slow product that takes a narrow view of recovery with no directory recovery and an unhelpful interface.

    The product repeatedly fails - even the post recovery rename service repeatedly hangs and it cannot be re-run. I had to return to the website to download a freeware application that could be run manually after the rename service failed!

    Stupidly simple things are made complex and a single example is that:
    In choosing the output target location (disk)/directory the dialogue manager treats EVERYTHING as if it were the source disk and therefore disallowing access unless you counterintuitively go thorough the top level device structure instead of directly to the connected disks. Then, it manages the sub directories differently differently according to wether you are running the first or subsequent recovery pass and refuses to allow the creation of directories on ANY disk treating everything as read only. God it is awful!!!!!!

    I am seeking my money back after two intensive days of struggling with it with very limited success.

    Awful product - if it were free, one could accept it's inadequacies and buggy operation - for $79 (and that is with $10 discount for _not_ having the CD mailed to you!) it is plain abuse of people in a problem state trying to recover data.

    CNET should test this and insist they improve it or remove it from Download.Com.

    I also remember why I have never before purchased any 'un reviewed' products!

    I detest it!

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  • 3 stars

    "Not to bad, but soon a waste of money"

    October 25, 2007   |   By arbroathsmokie2

    Version: FileSalvage 6.0

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Filesalvage is fine if you want to recover deleted pictures, and short movie clips, but seems useless for anything else. However if you have an external drive buy Leopard and use Time Machine, once that's installed recovering files is a piece of cake.

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  • 4 stars

    "This does not work for iMovie projects"

    October 10, 2007   |   By merel1

    Version: FileSalvage 6.0

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I deleted my 4GB iMovie project on an external HD. Instantly bought and downloaded Salvage. The "unerase" option took about 4 hours on the 120GB HD and resulted in a lot of files, but NOT my project. Filenames were lost, and so the contents and structure of the iMovie-project. It is not worth the money... :-(

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  • 3 stars

    "Not the best."

    August 26, 2007   |   By PDogg92

    Version: FileSalvage 6.0

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    FS 6 retreived some of my deleted files and actually tried to fix the filenames. Unfortunaltey it only worked for a dozen or so files. I was still unhappy with the undelete recovery to I spent an additional hundred and purchased DataRescueII. It worked much better and actually retreived more data!
    DataRescueII is BETTER!

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  • 5 stars

    "If you've deleted something this is an absolute..."

    August 14, 2007   |   By TonyKnight

    Version: FileSalvage 6.0

    Summary

    ...NEED!!!
    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    This product is absolutely fantastic! One of our designers deleted a major project yesterday. I was away at a conference and my daily Retrospect Server tape had run out six days ago. No one had put in a new tape. I had never lost anything on my network in 13 years. FileSalvage SAVED THE DAY and my record of never loosing anything. It worked like a charm. This is a MUST buy if your bacon is on the line.

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  • 1 stars

    "Does nothing; support nonexistent?"

    October 25, 2006   |   By SpinningMurrow

    Version: FileSalvage 5.0

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I inadvertently deleted a mail folder from my dual G4, and after checking around was told that only FileSalvage can find and recover .emlx files. So, I decided to download the trial and have it find them, to make sure before I paid the $70 to get full recovery.

    Well, I'm glad I held off paying - it crunched away for a full day with no results. So I gave it a smaller task: my 1 GB partition with almost no files on it. Still nada. I can't even quit the app - have to force-quit to exit. Tried it using a clean user login and Safe Boot, same results.

    I e-mailed SubRosaSoft, but after an initial e-mail wondering if I might try a disk image instead of the zipped download, they haven't returned my e-mails for three days. If I actually had to use that computer to make money, I'd be SOL (my deleted mail files would begin to be overwritten).

    The problem I'm having with the software might be unusual, but the support response alone is reason to avoid.

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  • 3 stars

    "Worked for me."

    September 21, 2006   |   By df19

    Version: FileSalvage 5.0

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I came home one night and deleted 85GB of music from my hard drive.......................... Here's my experience with FileSalvage. In two words, it worked. It took about 10 hours to preview and restore (dual-500 G4). It restored about 110GB (some of the stuff I deleted months ago). Music-wise, most of the files are intact (there's only a few garbled files, and a few of them got split in two). The bad news - the tags are missing from half of them. Now I have to sift through 1.mp3-16000.mp3 and figure out where they belong. Looks like they are named by the time added to my collection, so the albums are at least consecutive.

    I also just found iEatBrainz freeware that fills in empty tags based on the actual sound in the MP3 (how the hell did they do that?!).

    $80 was a bargain for me. 6 cents an album, can't complain!

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