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The Best Data Recovery Software for Mac (macOS Sierra Included)

We may often meet this embarrassed situation, that photos get lost, 20-page research paper are lost with careless deleting etc. Data loss is a real frustrating and time-consuming to get those files back. But the story can be changed and turn sunny. This article would introduce the best data recovery software for Mac to help you recover anything you need.

What is the best data recovery software for deleted files on iMac? Due to an entire 300GB file archive disappearing without trace off iCloud I am desperately clutching at data recovery to retrieve any amount of my files. They sat in a folder on my iMac HD before uploading them to iCloud, so a recovery of 'deleted' files would be preferred and recovered with original file names intact preferably. -

Google the term Data recovery software for Mac and you will get around 15 million search results. There is an uncountable number of Mac data recovery software available on the internet. Some of them are free while others cost you a few bucks. All of these software make it easier for you to recover photos, documents, media file, etc. on your Mac (El Capitan Included)or on broken CDs and DVDs. But in reality the story doesn't end here!

Free Data Recovery Software | Are They Really Free?

Developing and distributing the data recovery software for free is in fact an easiest way to spread viruses, worms and Trojans. Cybercriminals intentionally create malicious programs in their own interests. Usually these programs are used to access codes to bank accounts, email and other online services accounts, obtrusively advertise products and to illegally access your system's resources. Read Who Creates Malware and Why for some very interesting information. Not every free service or software is bad. But it is always good to check the things twice in order to protect your data and sensitive information.

Well, enough security lecture, let's get back to the main topic of this article.

What is the Best Data Recovery Software for Mac

I have tried several data recovery software for Mac and compared them with each other to see which offers the best performance, specification and value for money. And the result showed that Cisdem Data Recovery is the best data recovery tool for Mac users to recover data.

Cisdem Data Recovery tool is one of the most easy-to-use and fast data recovery data recovery software Mac. It provides free trial for you to scan and preview all your lost file. You can download it below and test it if it is what the provider says. Whatever crashed, corrupted or reformatted hard drive, or deleted, damaged files, this best data recovery software Mac can make it.

Taking all things into consideration, Cisdem Data Recovery is an efficient and user-friendly application for the Mac that can help you deal with the awful situations when you have lost precious files, regardless of what storage device they were on.

Above is a Cisdem Data Recovery review from SoftPedia. Just as what are said in the review, this data recovery tool helps Mac users to recover data from your external hard drives and devices (USB drives, SD card, digital cameras, iPods, MP3/MP4 players, etc.). And widest file types are supported to recover, including any format of photo, audio, video document, archive, etc. It offers two scanning modes to choose from: Quick Scan and Deep Scan. This is pretty purposeful and saves you much time instead of scanning all of lost files if you choose Quick Scan.

Price: $49.99

Platform: macOS 10.8+

Pros: Intuitive interface, easy to use, powerful and flexible, safe to use, read-only; preview before recovery; offer a trial version for scanning and data checking. Have exceptional performance on Mac.

Cons: It has no version for Windows users

What I like about Cisdem Data Recovery is the interface. It is adequate for all levels of computer users and the recovery process is quite straightforward. You can make necessary changes on the specific data you prefer to recover in advanced settings. This can be very handy if you only need a few GBs of data than 100GB+! We also exceptionally liked the file preview option so you can check if the files you have found are the ones you want to restore. Cisdem Data Recovery works with all recent versions of macOS including Sierra and El Capitan.

How to Use the Best Data Recovery Software for Mac?

  1. Download free trial of Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac now! And install it on your Mac. Then launch it and it shows you two scanning modes including Quick Scan and Deep Scan. Choose one of them.
  2. Then it will list all your hard drives and external devices, choose the one which you want to recover files from. If you want to recover data from external devices such as USB drive, you should connect the device to your Mac first.
  3. Click “Scan” button to start scanning. After the scanning process is finished, it will show all recoverable files in the left column, you can click each file to preview. Then choose the target files you want to recover and click “Recover” button to retrieve all files on Mac. You can export and backup them for well protection.

Other Data Recovery Tools I Have Tried

1. Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery

Price: $99
Platform: Compatible with the latest El Capitan 10.11

Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery empowers you to recover deleted photos, documents, videos, audio, archives, messages and emails from a range of storage devices such as Internal/External Hard Drives, Memory Cards, Flash Drives. This Mac data recovery software provides different scanning modes to scan your storage devices and offers advanced filter recovery options for you to choose before recovering your files. Additionally, it is equipped with 'Create image' features that help to recover data from the hard drive that has bad blocks.

Pros: It is capable of recovering all deleted files and supports recovery of files from encrypted disk drives. It also supplies different data recovery options.


1. Its scanning and recovery speeds are much slower than Cisdem Data Recovery.

2. It is much more expensive compared to other brand data recovery tool with the same features.

3. It can’t help you repair hard drives and its user interface looks dull.

2. Mac Data Recovery Guru

Price: $99
Platform: OS X 10.7 or later

Mac Data Recovery Guru promises the most advanced file recovery yet, and it is also designed to recover deleted files from hard disk drives, USB flash drives and optical media. What really makes Data Recovery Guru shine is how incredibly easy it is to use. Simply select the storage device you want to recover files on, and click the “start scan” button. You can even preview the results in retrieves while the program continues to run.

Pros: It is extremely simple to use and it is an effective solution for recovering lost files.


1. It is not able to retrieve the original names of the files it recovers.

2. Its preview panel is a bit small for viewing text files.

3. Its interface could be more developed.

4. The price is a little high.


In all, Cisdem Data Recovery is an excellent choice if you’re into data recovery such as SD card data recovery. It supports over 200 file formats, has a reasonable price and can be operated on almost any file system. Above all, it offers lot of options to make the file recovering an easy task; you can recover data from any storage devices in three steps.

2016-09-21 21:33:01 / Posted byMegan Charles to Recover Follow @ Megan

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10 Responses

  • Affinity

    I read your potisng and was jealous

    1 years ago REPLY
  • Bennett

    I have ever used Easeus (almost $90). It seems that your Cisdem recovery tool is much cheaper.

    1 years ago REPLY
  • Megan Charles

    Yes. The price of Cisdem DataRecovery for Mac is the most competitive in the market.

    1 years ago REPLY
  • L.Hughes

    Is the Cisdem program workable to Windows 7?

    1 years ago REPLY
  • Megan Charles

    Hi, L.Hughes. I'm afraid not. It is especially-designed for Macs.

    1 years ago REPLY
  • michaelyoussef

    i need this program

    1 years ago REPLY
  • michael

    i need it

    1 years ago REPLY
  • Perry

    Comprehensive article. I will try Cisdem DataRecovery and I will read other articles. Keep on.

    1 years ago REPLY
  • Danny Heppner

    I deleted my data by accident and I ask help for Google, and I found this article from it. I read it and tried Cisdem DataRecovery for Mac. It is powerful!!! Now my data is recovered. Thank you!!!

    1 years ago REPLY
  • Albert

    Final Verdict is useful, it means that writer had tested 3 data recovery software. Maybe Cisdem DataRecovery is a good choice, I will try.

    1 years ago REPLY

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