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PhotoRec for Mac

PhotoRec for Mac

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  • Latest Version

    PhotoRec 7.2 LATEST

  • Review by

    Michael Reynolds

  • Operating System

    Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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  • Author / Product

    Christophe GRENIER / External Link

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PhotoRec for Mac is file data recovery app designed to recover lost files including video, documents, and archives from hard disks, CD-ROMs, and lost pictures (thus the Photo Recovery name) from digital camera memory. The app ignores the file system and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media's file system has been severely damaged or reformatted.

PhotoRec for macOS is a companion program to TestDisk, an application for recovering lost partitions on a wide variety of file systems and making non-bootable disks bootable again.

For more safety, the PhotoRec photo recovery app uses read-only access to handle the drive or memory card you are about to recover lost data from. Important: As soon as a picture or file is accidentally deleted, or you discover any missing, do NOT save any more pictures or files to that memory device or hard disk drive; otherwise you may overwrite your lost data. This means that while using this tool, you must not choose to write the recovered files to the same partition they were stored on.

It works with hard disks, CD-ROMs, memory cards (CompactFlash, Memory Stick, Secure Digital/SD, SmartMedia, Microdrive, MMC, etc.), USB memory drives, DD raw image, EnCase E01 image, etc.

The program searches for known file headers. If there is no data fragmentation, which is often the case, it can recover the whole file. PhotoRec recognizes and recovers numerous file formats including ZIP, Office, PDF, HTML, JPEG, and various graphics file formats.

Key Features

File Recovery
It can recover lost files from various storage media such as hard drives, USB drives, memory cards, and more.

Wide Format Support
It can recover numerous file formats including photos, videos, documents, and archives.

Cross-Platform Compatibility
The app is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, and other UNIX-like operating systems.

File Carving
The software uses advanced file carving techniques to recover files based on their internal structures, rather than relying on filesystem metadata.

Lightweight and Portable
This program is lightweight and can be run from a USB drive without installation, making it a convenient tool for on-the-go recovery needs.

User Interface

It has a simple command-line interface, which may appear intimidating to novice users. However, it offers detailed instructions and prompts to guide users through the recovery process.

Installation and Setup

The app does not require installation. Users can simply download the appropriate version for their operating system from the official website and extract the files to a location of their choice.

How to Use
  • Launch the software by navigating to the directory where it is extracted and running the executable file.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to select the disk or partition from which you want to recover files.
  • Choose the file types you want to recover or select "Other" to recover all file types.
  • Specify the destination folder where recovered files should be saved.
  • It will start the recovery process, displaying progress and any recovered files as it works.

Can PhotoRec for macOS recover files from formatted drives?
Yes, it can recover files from formatted drives as long as the data has not been overwritten.

How long does the recovery process take?
The recovery time depends on various factors such as the size of the drive, the number of files to be recovered, and the speed of the computer.

Can PhotoRec recover files from damaged or corrupted partitions?
Yes, it can recover files from damaged or corrupted partitions by scanning the disk at a low level.

Is there a risk of data loss when using PhotoRec?
There is always a risk of data loss when performing data recovery operations. It is recommended to avoid writing any new data to the drive until the recovery process is complete.

Does PhotoRec support network drives?
No, PhotoRec is designed to recover files from local storage media and does not support network drives.


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The app is completely FREE and open-source, making it an excellent choice for users on a budget or those who prefer open-source software.

System Requirements

This software is lightweight and can run on most modern computers. It is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, and other UNIX-like operating systems.

  • Free and open-source.
  • Wide format support.
  • Cross-platform compatibility.
  • Lightweight and portable.
  • Command-line interface may be intimidating for some users.
  • Lack of graphical user interface (GUI).
Also Available: Download PhotoRec for Windows

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