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TestDisk & PhotoRec (OS X) for Mac

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.3 stars

    out of 25 votes

    • 5 star: 11
    • 4 star: 11
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 0
  • Current version:

    4.4 stars

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    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 4
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    • 2 star: 1
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Restored all of my photos from my CF card"

    December 28, 2009  |   By themanualbuzzer

    Version: TestDisk & PhotoRec (OS X) 6.3

    Pros

    Free, worked for what I needed it to do, online documentation helped guide me through the process

    Cons

    The program runs in terminal, so it may be difficult to use for most. It took a little time to find my memory card in the file system

    Summary

    The PhotoRec software worked great for what I needed and beat having to pay 30 bucks or more for a program to recover my photos. Somehow the filenames had become corrupted and I was unable to transfer them with Picasa, iPhoto or a transfer directly from the card to the hard drive.

    So after going to the default directory, I had to go up a few levels to find the 'Volume' directory that the CF card was located in. That was the most difficult part and may have been easier on a PC to locate (for me)

    As I type this review it apparently is even going back and recovering photos I deleted long ago (photos I shot in August and it is now December . . . and it's still going).

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Exactly what I needed"

    December 10, 2009  |   By brian.donat

    Version: TestDisk & PhotoRec (OS X) 6.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Yesterday, my wife's macbook started up to a gray blinking folder with a question mark in it. As far as I can tell, it lost the file allocation table, as I had to create a new partition on the hard drive before I could reinstall OS X, thus losing everything on the computer (including several papers she needed to complete her masters degree, and our wedding pictures).

    After struggling through the "step-by-step" instructions (we're both classical musicians, not techies) I managed to get the program searching the newly "erased" drive. About 16 hours later, it produced some 800,000+ recovered files. It took a while to go through it all, but in the end I found every important file I was looking for.

    Bottom line: it works, and it works very well. It's a little intimidating, but not impossible, and it'll require some patience and effort on your part to wade through the results, but it performs exactly as advertised, and you can't beat the price.

    Thank you for creating a tool to help the poor average guy who has had something bad happen to his computer.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "PhotoRec is Phenomenal!"

    July 15, 2009  |   By rotamo

    Version: TestDisk & PhotoRec (OS X) 6.3

    Pros

    Recovered all the files I wanted on an accidentally formatted MicroSD card, including movies and mp3s in addition to the photos. Tried using VirtualLab Data Recovery first, but it only found photos & you have to pay to actually recover what it sees.

    Cons

    Slight learning curve if you're not used to using Darwin, but after carefully reading the online documentation, all my questions were answered.

    Summary

    PhotoRec found and recovered a whole lot more than VirtualLab, and it's free! I couldn't recommend it more for Mac users who need to recover accidentally deleted files.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "No GUI, but hey, it's free."

    January 5, 2009  |   By MacRepairMan

    Version: TestDisk & PhotoRec (OS X) 6.3

    Pros

    was able to recover a few files, but it took forever

    Cons

    Seems like a bad port of a DOS app or something. Questionable free software.

    Summary

    You get what you pay for IMO.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Perfectly restored my deleted partition"

    December 6, 2008  |   By NCpossum

    Version: TestDisk & PhotoRec (OS X) 6.3

    Pros

    Powerful software in a small, fast package that works.

    Cons

    There is no GUI.

    Summary

    I accidentally removed a partition when installing XP on a new HD. TestDisk very quickly restored the partition perfectly.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Simple utility that gets the job done!"

    December 4, 2008  |   By scg1028_dotmac

    Version: TestDisk & PhotoRec (OS X) 6.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Recovery of SD card used in Nikon D40 was thorough and quick. Command line interface was intuitive.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "PhotoRec is fantastic"

    September 20, 2008  |   By desktopia

    Version: TestDisk & PhotoRec (OS X) 6.3

    Pros

    PhotoRec is a lot easier to use than most terminal software. It was able to pull photos over a year old off of my Olympus SP-350's SD card, including the ones I was looking for, without corruption.

    Cons

    Non-GUI interface

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works well"

    September 17, 2008  |   By sjc132

    Version: TestDisk & PhotoRec (OS X) 6.3

    Pros

    Simple and quick.

    Cons

    Terminal and disk file type selection ca be a bit confusing

    Summary

    So I had to get some photos off an SD card from my digi camera. This app worked very well on my friends mac to find old photos. It just drops them into a directory of your choosing. No hassles. It was a bit complex to select the file/directory structure. Really handy overall, I'll use it again if I forget to back stuff up ;-)

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  • 4.0 stars

    "good"

    May 22, 2007  |   By zimadisegno

    Version: TestDisk & PhotoRec (OS X) 6.3

    Pros

    its tricky to install, well its my second day with a mac book pro,im still on transition pc to mac...but thanks for creating this little program...free!!

    Cons

    it took 30min to recover the photos and short videos on a 1gb memory stick just 2 files damage...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Perfect at recovering photos from Sony Memory Stick Pro"

    April 15, 2006  |   By guerrison

    Version: TestDisk & PhotoRec (OS X) 6.3

    Pros

    Recovered entire 1GB of photofiles shot over the past year. Incredible!

    Cons

    Kernel-type interface is DOS-like and somewhat difficult to use but it gets the job done!

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