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The Best Data Recovery Software for Macintosh - Review 2020

Although Macs have earned the reputation of a very reliable computer platform, still their users may suffer file loss. Sudden system crashes, abrupt power outages, hardware malfunctioning, human errors, etc., are the main causes for such events. Regular file backups to an external storage or the cloud significantly reduce risks of such loss, but they still exists. And when a disaster strikes, you need to get your files back.

There are cases, like hard drive failure or its physical damage, when professional file recovery is the only option, though quite expensive. But when all hardware is functioning, you may do file recovery yourself using a file recovery app.

There are many such apps, but which one to choose? Every site claims that their app can recover everything, but reality may differ from their promises. Not all apps perform equally well. Some apps work well in one case, and poor in others. Moreover, sometimes file recovery cannot be fully successful due to the nature of damage to the file system. You may try one app after another as most apps allow you to evaluate them for free, but that will take a long time and may inflict more damage to your lost files.

There are many app reviews on the Internet to help you make your choice, but most of them have one common drawback: they give you some general estimations derived from several tests, but you need to know how the app performs in your particular case. That is why we present the test results for many typical file recovery scenarios. If you are searching for a file recovery app best for your case, we recommend you to look at the most suitable typical scenario and choose the app with the best results.

An app should be convenient to use. That is why we also evaluate an app interface, its features, demo mode restrictions, etc. These results are combined in our feature rating tables. If you want to choose an app for possible future use, they will help you to make a right choice.

Tested Software

We use the following criteria to include a file recovery app into our comparison:

  • An app designed for use by an average Macintosh user.
  • Support for Apple file systems.
  • Support for specific Apple features like Time Machine, Core Storage, Apple RAIDs, etc.
  • Affordable prices.
  • 2020
  • 2019

Macintosh File Recovery Software Tested and Evaluated in 2020.

For the 2020 update of our data recovery software for Macintosh review we have made the following changes:

  • data recovery from Apple encrypted volumes replaced data recovery from Apple core storage volumes ;
  • data recovery from Mac APFS fusion drives replaced data recovery from Apple Time Machine backup volume, due to the fact that the new cases are more frequent in real data recovery practice.

Also, all disks now were partitioned using the GUID Partition Map scheme, except for the FAT32 memory sticks, where the MBR partitioning was used.

We removed three applications: Restorer for Mac, because no new versions have been released since the last review (2019), and Skysoft Data Recovery for Mac and Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery for their poor performance shown in our 2019 tests.

We added three new programs to our tests:

Remo Recover (Mac) (ver. 3.0.1.8)

Remo Recover (Mac)

Reviewed Version: 3.0.1.8

Prices: Basic Edition: US$ 59.00, Media Edition: US$ 69.00, Pro Edition: US$ 179.00

Host operating systems: Host operating systems: macOS 10.15 Catalina – Mac OS X 10.13 High Sierra

Support for data recovery hardware: No

iMyFone AnyRecover for Mac (ver. 4.0.0)

iMyFone AnyRecover for Mac

Reviewed Version: 4.0.0

Prices: Basic Version: US$ 59.95, Pro Version: US$ 79.95

Host operating systems: macOS 10.15 Catalina - Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Support for data recovery hardware: No

Softtote Data Recovery for Mac (ver. 5.2.0)

Softtote Data Recovery for Mac

Reviewed Version: 5.2.0

Prices: US$ 69.99

Host operating systems: macOS 10.15 Catalina – Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

Support for data recovery hardware: No

We continue to test and evaluate the programs which were included in our 2019 review:

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac (ver. 12.0)

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac

Reviewed Version: 12.0

Prices: Free Edition: Free, Pro Edition: US$ 89.95, Technician US$ 299

Host operating systems: macOS 10.15 Catalina - OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Support for data recovery hardware: No

Disk Drill for Mac (ver. 3.8.971)

Disk Drill for Mac

Reviewed Version: 3.8.971

Prices: Basic: Free, Pro Edition: US$ 89, Enterprise US$ 399

Host operating systems: No

Support for data recovery hardware: No

R-Studio for Mac (ver. 6.5.5943)

R-Studio for Mac

Reviewed Version: 6.5.5943

Prices: R-Studio for Mac: US$ 79.99, R-Studio for Mac Network: US$ 179.99, R-Studio for Mac Technician: US$ 899.00

Host operating systems: macOS 10.15 Catalina - OS X 10.5 Leopard

Support for data recovery hardware: No

For your convenience, we consolidated the results of our evaluation and tests into an interactive table below. You can click the column title to expand the column into a full tab to see more detailed results of the evaluation or test. Some tabs also include additional test / evaluation descriptions and brief conclusions.

Interface and Features Ratings
Product File recovery features User Interface Localization Support Demo version restrictions File preview
R-Studio for Mac5.95.05.83.56.0
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac4.54.56.05.55.0
Disk Drill for Mac5.25.05.04.54.0
iMyFone AnyRecover for Mac3.44.55.84.03.5
Remo Recover (Mac)3.44.55.04.04.0
Softtote Data Recovery for Mac3.44.55.04.03.0
File recovery performance Ratings
Product Apple disk and volume managers Emptied Recycle Bin Disk re-format Damaged partition Deleted partition
R-Studio for Mac6.05.15.16.06.0
Disk Drill for Mac5.25.34.96.05.4
iMyFone AnyRecover for Mac4.24.53.84.42.3
Softtote Data Recovery for Mac2.33.13.23.94.3
Remo Recover (Mac)0.73.32.41.83.0
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac1.72.52.90.01.5

In our 2020 Macintosh file recovery review, R-Studio for Mac again won the first place with the highest score, mostly because of its excellent file recovery performance. The second place went to Disk Drill for Mac, followed by the newly added program AnyRecover for Mac. All these programs have all features necessary for solving almost all file recovery tasks and showed very good results in file recovery. The other new programs performed quite impressively.

Some special notes about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac: It showed quite strange results in file recovery tests. When it was able to recover files, it performed quite decently. But it failed many tests, mostly those when it was necessary to work with disks without valid partitions. That is why it showed the worst results in file recovery. As a result of its strong file recovery features and the lowest demo mode restrictions, it finished next to last in our review. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, for both for Mac and Windows, deservingly earned quite a good reputation as file recovery software, and such failures look very odd in contrast.

Overall Rating
Product Rating Conclusions
R-Studio for Mac 5.4

Being the Mac version of the well-known professional data recovery program R-Studio, it inherits all its strong and weak points. It has the richest set of supported file systems and recovery parameters, a very powerful file previewer, disk S.M.A.R.T. monitoring, disk imaging, support for various Apple logical disk managers, like APFS Fusion Drive, Apple RAID0, and alike, and many more. Moreover, it is able to access files on a system disk with SIP (System Integrity Protection) enabled. It also showed the best file recovery performance among all tested programs. Its weak points are a non-wizard interface which may be a little bit confusing for inexperienced users and lack of support for Apple native images (dmg).

Disk Drill for Mac 4.9

The program has a good wizard interface, quite good set of recovery features, and the second score for recovery performance. It can recover files from a system disk with enabled SIP, supports Apple native images (dmg), Apple encrypted volumes, and RAID0. A special agent can be installed to constantly monitor S.M.A.R.T. disk attributes. The program showed the best performance in file recovery from emptied Bin and damaged partitions (together with R-Studio for Mac). The weak point of the program is the lack of support for file recovery from Apple APFS Fusion Drive. Overall, a very decent program.

iMyFone AnyRecover for Mac 4.0

A program with a good wizard interface, good set of file recovery features, and the third score for file recovery performance, especially for emptied Bin. It can recover files from Apple APFS Fusion Drives and RAID0. Its weak points are the lack of direct access to SIP-protected disks, no disk imaging, and no S.M.A.R.T. monitoring.

It crashed during three tests, and this significantly lowered its file recovery performance score, which performed quite well in other tests.

Softtote Data Recovery for Mac 3.6

A program with a good wizard interface, good set of file recovery features, and the fourth score for file recovery performance. It was able to recover files from Apple RAID0. Its weak points are the lack of direct access to SIP-protected disks, no disk imaging, and no S.M.A.R.T. monitoring.

It crashed when recovering deleted files from a FAT32 memory stick.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac 3.4

A program with a simple wizard interface and a quite good set of file recovery features. It can recover files from a system disk with enabled SIP. A special agent can be installed to constantly monitor S.M.A.R.T. disk attributes. The program has the minimum demo mode restrictions: up to 2 GB can be recovered in its free version. The weak points are the oversimplified user interface and a lack of disk imaging capabilities. If you need to recover a small amount of data, this program is definitely worth looking at.

This year the program showed quite unstable results in file recovery. When it was able to recover files, the results were quite good. But it completely failed 12 tests for unknown reasons. It looks like the program cannot work with disks with no valid partitions on it, which is why it showed extremely poor performance for file recovery from damaged and deleted partitions. To test this assumption, a partition was created on a disk with a deleted partition. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac was able to scan the disk and it found the deleted partition with all of its file system intact.

Remo Recover (Mac) 3.1

The program has an average wizard interface, average set of file recovery features, and very poor file recovery performance. The only good feature in the program is that its users can add their own file types.

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