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.
FileSalvage is an extremely powerful data recovery tools designed to restore files that have been accidentally deleted, have become unreadable due to media faults, or were stored on a drive before it was re-initialized or formatted. It is device and file system independent, allowing the users to recover files from a normal Mac OS hard drive, USB key, Linux disk, Windows drive, FLASH card, scratched CD, and almost any other media or file system that can be recognized in Mac OS X.
FileSalvage is extremely straightforward. The new user interface allows data recovery to be accomplished with just a few clicks. A user can opt to undelete files that were trashed accidentally, salvage all the files from a device that may or may not be able to mount, or switch to an expert mode for greater flexibility to scan and recover the exact files he or she desires.
One of the biggest developments since the release of Mac OS X, the Intel based Mac provides an astonishing level of performance. Running on Intel Macs, the latest version of FileSalvage is optimized to take advantage of the blazing speed, making scanning and recovering files much faster than on Power PC based machines. In addition to the Intel Mac optimization, free space scanning, a recovery feature that was only available before when running on Power PC based Mac, is now supported on Intel based Mac. The feature will focus the recovery on the free space areas of the drive, vastly cutting down the disk space and the time required for the task.
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