10 Best Free Data Recovery Software for MAC [5 freeware+5 half free]

Top 5 best data recovery software for mac review - 100% freeware

  1. #1 - Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery [100% Freeware]
  2. #2 - Softtote Mac Data Recovery Free [100% Freeware]
  3. #3 - PhotoRec [100% Freeware]
  4. #4 - TestDisk for Mac [100% Freeware]
  5. #5 - Exif Untrasher [100% free, limited to photos]

IMPORTANT NOTICE - PLEASE STOP USING YOUR DEVICE TO KEEP THE BEST CHANCE OF RECOVERY AND AVOID DATA OVERWRITTEN.

Any change to the flash drive would result in data overwritten. The above list flash drive recovery software are read-only if you do not install the recovery program on the flash drive.

#1 - Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery Review - 100% free

As an excellent mac data recovery freeware, Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery is a 100% free program for recovering files after delete, format, damaged internal mac drive or external media like flash stick, memory card...

What we like

  • It's completely free of charge as a freeware
  • No limitation inside of the software, you may save unlimited data for free
  • Easy to use with step by step guide
  • It supports mac os 10.5 and higher Intel Macs including Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks, Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X Lion 10.7, Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6, Mac OS 10.5 Leopard and Mac OS Server 10.5 Leopard.
  • Supported file systems: HFS, HFS+, HFSX, FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5, EXFAT. - It supports various kinds of mac internal drives, external drives, usb sticks, memory cards...

What we dislike - not much to complain for this freeware

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How to use Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery

Download url: http://www.macdatarecoveryfreeware.com/downloads/lazesoftmacdatarecovery.dmg

Step 1, Download Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery and connect your device to Mac machine if it's an external device.

Step 2, Run the freeware and scan device for mac file recovery

Step 3, Save data onto another digital media to save drive from being overwritten.

Video - How to use Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery

#2 - Softtote Mac Data Recovery Free Review - 100% free

As another completely free mac data recovery software, Softtote is second to Lazesoft as one of best data recovery mac utilities which supports various file systems ie it supports many types of digital devices ranging from flash drives to memory card, as well as hard drives no matter the drives were used on Mac or Windows that you could use this freeware on MAC for free file recovery.

What we like

  • It supports HFS+, FAT, NTFS, and ext2 file systems
  • No function or data saving limitations
  • Completely freeware on MAC
  • Free tech support
  • Works on Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) ~ and 10.13 (high sierra)

What we dislike - no complain on this freeware

Download url:http://www.softtote.com/downloads/Softtote_Data_Recovery_Free.dmg

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Video Guide - How to recover files on mac with Softtote Mac Data Recovery Free

#3 - PhotoRec Review [100% freeware]

As an outstanding free software, PhotoRec asks no pay from users and it is totally open to anyone even on its source code. This program is provided by TestDisk on cgsecurity.org that users may download it for different platforms for free recovery since it is with cross system application. It's the unique program that can be used on MAC, Windows, Linux etc. It's not limited to MAC OS.

What we like

  • It can be used on not only Mac but also Windows and other machines
  • It supports FAT, NTFS, EXFAT, EXT2/3/4, HFS+ (Almost any types of digital devices)
  • It also works with cd-roms besides other common digital storage devices (Most file recovery utility won't provided cd-rom recovery)

What we dislike - It's Dos built with not easy to use user interface (We will include video guide on this page for you to follow), restricted to image formats (It can be extended with its another freeware TestDisk mentioned in the coming #4 freeware)

Download link: https://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download

(This program is bundled with TestDisk, another program from the same developer)

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PhotoRec Video tutorial - how to use PhotoRec to recover files on MAC

#4 - TestDisk for Mac Review [100% freeware]

Since TestDisk is in the same bundle with PhotoRec that you may find it is another useful recovery tool not limited to MAC but it can be used on other OS machines.

TestDisk VS PhotoRec

TestDisk has everything included in PhotoRec and it adds other functions that can easily rebuild broken file tables, boot sectors, and even make non-bootable hard drives bootable again. It could restore more files than PhotoRec, not limited to image format.

What we like

  1. It supports FAT, NTFS, exFAT, ext2/ext3/ext4, HFS+, and many other file systems.
  2. It could fix many errors and problems on your digital devices.
  3. Cross platforms that can be used on almost any machines, any os

What we dislike

The tool is excellent for advanced computing users; unfortunately, it’s not easy to take advantage of all the features TestDisk for Mac offers because this data recovery tool lacks a graphical user interface.

Download link: https://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download

TestDisk Video Tutorial

#5 - Exif Untrasher [100% free for photo recovery]

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As a photo recovery freeware on MAC, Exif Untrasher provides graphyical user interface for users to recover photos free of charge.

Download url: https://www.bluem.net/files/Exif-Untrasher.dmg

Part 2 - More Free Mac Data Recovery Software [Not completely free]

Here are some other free data recovery software for mac but not 100% free of charge since most of them are limited to 1GB free recovery that users need to pay to get a license key to activate the full functions.

They would still worth your trial if your device could not be recovered by the freeware in the first part.

  1. #6 - Easeus Data Recovery Wizard for Mac [1GB free file recovery]
  2. #7 - Stellar Data Recovery for Mac [1GB free recovery]
  3. #8 - Ontrack EasyRecovery for MAC [1GB free file recovery] Download link
  4. #9 - M3 Mac Data Recovery [1GB free file recovery]
  5. #10 - Disk Dril Data Recovery for Mac [Only free to back up files, no free recovery for a single file]

 

Last updated on July 19, 2020

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