Review: Data Recovery Guru for Mac

Review: Data Recovery Guru for Mac

Accidentally deleting a file from your Mac is a horror most computer users will face at least once, but what should you do if it happens to you? While keeping a constant backup of your machine is the best solution, that’s not always possible – and once you’ve realized the need for a backup, it may be too late! Fortunately, there are plenty of tools available that allow you to retrieve those files. One such solution is an app called Data Recovery Guru.

Overview

Before we dig in, there’s some important background information you may want to be aware of. The HFS file system used by Mac OS X is unique in that any file you delete actually still exists until its written over by something else. The file exists within your drive’s free space and can be recovered until another file needs the same space and overwrites it. Additionally, your Mac is smart enough to leave a bit of buffer so that an accidentally deleted file doesn’t get written over immediately.

Data Recovery Guru takes advantage of this property of Mac OS, and reads data on your drive before it can be written over by something else.

Usage

What really makes Data Recovery Guru shine is how incredibly easy it is to use. Simply select the volume you want to recover files on, and click the “start scan” button. You can even review the results in retrieves while the program continues to run.

As with all data recovery programs I know of, Data Recovery Guru isn’t able to retrieve the original names of the files it recovers, which can become problematic if the app recovers a large number of files. This is due to a limitation in Apple’s HFS file system that prevents data like this from being stored after a file is erased, Fortunately, however, Data Recovery Guru allows you to preview recovered files directly within the app, making it easy to find the exact file you want. It also sort all recovered files according to type.

Once you’ve found the file or file you want to recover, just select it and click the Recover button, and the program will ask you where you’d like to save the file. It’s important to note that files must be saved to a volume other than the one they were recovered from.

Verdict

[rating:4]

Data Recovery Guru works well, and is extremely easy to use. And at a cost of $99, it is priced very competitively with other recovery software, such as Prosoft’s Drive Genius 3. I overall found Data Recovery Guru to be an extremely simple and effective solution for recovering lost files, and grant it a rating of 4 out of 5 stars, subtracting a point for its interface, which isn’t as developed or as attractive as that of many competing apps.

For more information, or to purchase Data Recovery Guru, check out their official website.

Pros

  • Extremely simple to use
  • Effective
  • Competitively priced

Cons

  • Interface could be more developed

This is a sponsored review through Review Roster.

  1. OtterWithKids says:

    Data Recovery Guru does seem to work as advertised, but one huge problem is that you cannot save search results. I am trying to recover data from an external drive that is no longer being used, so no further changes will occur. After waiting well over 24 hours for DRG to scan the entire 500GB drive for deleted files, I had only recovered a few files when a squirmy nine-month-old helped me accidentally quit the program. Since I couldn’t save my scan (and yes, I did try), I had to start over from scratch, waiting another 24+ hours while it produced the exact same results. (An “Are you sure you want to quit?” dialog would also be helpful, especially if the results are unsaved—which, as mentioned, they always are.)

    Overall, a very effective app, but the lack of a “Save Results”—a feature found in many competing products—is a major oversight.

  2. Reasonableexpectation says:

    This product does not seem to work nearly as well as a handful of others for me. In fact, I do not think it worked as advertised. I tried it once and it missed entire file types. And I am out the money – so far no expressed willingness to refund so I can buy a different product, in spite of making the complaint virtually immediately. Wondershare’s product seems to see everything, Data Recovery Guru seemed to but didn’t in the end. As this is the first product of its type I’ve bought, I relied on this and other reviews – but they are apparently dated. A disappointed customer here.

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