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Which to Choose - Mac Data Recovery vs. Data Rescue vs. Disk Drill

-- Thursday, November 23, 2017
Even though your Macbook/iMac is connected to iCloud, you know that it’s not the panacea to prevent data being deleted. For most occasions like emptied trash bin, unintended deletion, format, broken or lost partition, etc., what you would have done is to turn back the clock. Data Recovery utility for Mac will do just like that, helping you recover data from HFS/hard disk, partition, flash drive and more. In this guide, we’ve tested 3 most popular data recovery for Mac. Check the comparison on best Mac data recovery utility below.

Mac Data Recovery


Mac Data Recovery provides two scanning modes, Quick Scan & Deep Scan, so that you can have a comprehensive scanning on the Macbook/iMac. Before scanning, you can choose which type of data to scan if you want to restore only a specific kind of file, as well as select the concrete location in Mac instead of the whole device. This will shorten the scanning process and save your time a lot. After the scanning, all media files will be displayed with thumbnail, so that you can easily find the one you need. Then, you can recover deleted data from Mac selectively or in bulk.

>CleverFiles Disk Drill allows you to scan the hidden drive, but you have no option for the quick or deep scan mode. No matter you lost data owing to Disk Utility error or corruption, the software can also get it back to your macOS X. You can select the target disk to scan deleted data from, but you cannot choose the specific type of file.

Prosoft Data Rescue 4 enables you to start new scanning and resume the previous scanning process. Besides quick and deep scan mode, it also allows you to only scan for deleted data. Similar to Disk Drill, you can only choose the hard drive/disk, flash drive as the location where your files deleted from, but not the data type.

Additional Features

Mac Data Recovery have a function to scan for lost partitions and recover data from it. The software also gains RAID support, the ability to work with more than one scan, and reveals the total number of files in selected folders.

CleverFiles Disk Drill also features as all-in-one tool, helping you backup data from Mac, find duplicated files and clean up them, as well as create boot drive.

Prosoft Data Rescue 4’s clone function allows you to copy a hard drive or volume to another hard drive or volume, so that the copy may be scanned, reducing the wear-and-tear on the original hard drive.

Compatibility & Requirements

Mac Data Recovery is compatible with Mac OS X 10.13(High Sierra), 10.12(Sierra), 10.11(El Capitan), 10.10(Yosemite), 10.9(Mavericks), 10.8, 10.7, or 10.6, 256 MB or more of RAM (1024MB Recommended).

CleverFiles Disk Drill works well with Mac OS X 10.8.5 or later, with 22MB disk space is required.

Prosoft Data Rescue 4 can be run in macOS 10.8 or later, and a secondary Hard Drive and Internet connection is needed.

Read up here, you may have a basic knowledge on 3 best data recovery utility for Mac. Choose the one meets your need and give it a shot. Also, if you have any other software recommended, please share with us.

Ivy Bruce

Ivy Bruce is the Founder and Editorial Director at Recovery-Android Studio. You can also find her on Google+ and Twitter.