Top 3 Best Data Recovery Software for Mac in 2020

By Vivian | Posted to Mac Data Recovery Tips, updated on July 19th, 2020 |

Summary: This artitle will introduce top 3 best Mac data recovery software: iBoysoft Data Recovery, Disk Drill, PhotoRec.

1. iBoysoft Data Recovery

iBoysoft Data Recovery is one of the best free data recovery software for Mac. It can recover deleted or lost photos, videos, audio files, documents, emails, and many other file types from Macintosh HD, external hard drive, USB drive, flash drive, SD card, etc.

iBoysoft Data Recovery uses two different powerful scanning algorithms: Quick scan and Deep scan. The Quick scan will quickly detect recently deleted and lost files on your drive, while the Deep scan feature does a thorough search of your entire drive to find and reconstruct lost files.

iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac

An easy-to-use graphic interface makes this data recovery tool very simple to use. You just select the device where you have deleted or lost files, and then iBoysoft Data Recovery will scan and show you all recoverable files on the disk. It also delivers some useful filtering features that help you quickly target the right content. Furthermore, it is developed with strong preview functions. You are able to preview almost all file types that your Mac computer supports. Finally, you can choose those files you want to recover and click the "Recover" button.

Pros:

  • Over 300 file types are supported
  • Works on APFS, HFS+, FAT32, exFAT, NTFS
  • Advanced Deep scan mode
  • Compatible with Apple T2 chip
  • Compatible with Windows and macOS
  • Preview screen before final recovery
  • Easy-to-use and intuitive user interface
  • Run in macOS recovery mode to recover data from Mac that won't turn on
  • Free tech support

Cons:

  • Free version can recover up to 1GB data

2. Disk Drill

Disk Drill is a Mac data recovery software that is designed natively for macOS. With it, you can easily protect files from accidental deletions and recover lost files from Mac drives and external drives on macOS Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra and Mac OS X.

Pros:

  • Over 300 file types are supported
  • Works on APFS, HFS+, FAT32, exFAT, NTFS, ext3, ext4
  • Advanced Deep scan mode
  • Compatible with Windows and macOS
  • Preview screen before final recovery
  • Easy-to-use and intuitive user interface
  • Free tech support

Cons:

  • Free version can only scan for lost files
  • Not cmpatible with Apple T2 chip

3. PhotoRec

PhotoRec is an open source and data recovery freeware which is specialized to recover deleted or lost files from Macintosh HD, external hard drive, USB drive, flash drive, SD card, etc. But don't fool by its name. PhotoRec can support recovering photos, documents, emails, videos, and other file types. It offers users 8 recovery modes for users to restore Mac files due to accidental deletion, formatting, virus attack and lost partition.

PhotoRec Data Recovery

Pros:

  • Completely free
  • Preview file before recovering data on Mac
  • Works on HFS+, FAT32, exFAT, NTFS, ext2, ext3, ext4
  • Compatible with Windows and macOS

Cons:

  • Command interface. It is too complicated to use for beginners.
  • Not compatible with AFFS file system and Apple T2 chip.
  • Slow scan and recovery speed
  • No tech support