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FileSalvage is an extremely powerful data recovery tools designed to restore files that have been accidentally deleted, have become unreadable due to media faults, or were stored on a drive before it was re-initialized or formatted. It is device and file system independent, allowing the users to recover files from a normal Mac OS hard drive, USB key, Linux disk, Windows drive, FLASH card, scratched CD, and almost any other media or file system that can be recognized in Mac OS X.

FileSalvage is extremely straightforward. The new user interface allows data recovery to be accomplished with just a few clicks. A user can opt to undelete more...

What's New

Version 7.5:
  • Updated scan and recovery engine
  • OS X 10.7 Lion compatibility
  • Updated language localizations
  • Various bug fixes


Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Lolita Member IconComment+71

Crap that barely works. And what's with the retarded new version numbering systems? Monkeys.

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Version 7.5
Poikkeus Member IconReview+281

Almost certainly, your best defense against accidentally deleted files will be the judicious use of Time Machine. However, if a file somehow evades your attempts at retrieval, there's still a chance that FileSalvage may not come up with the results you seek. Moreover, the file will come up with a generic name, which means you'd have to find it first. And doing a Salvage can take the better part of a day. In other words, aggressive backup is your best strategy - rather than picking up the pieces with a software solution. Also, beware that you'll need an external hard drive to save the results.

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Isahenx Member IconComment+0

i have trouble recovering dada or even mount the LaCie hard drive on to my computer, need to recover all data , any suggestions? Lacie is a external Hard drive, thanks

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Version 7.0
Xenophile Member IconComment+694

Downloaded to try out, but upon launching it, it asked to install files on my HD. No indication of what it wanted to install where. I couldn't find any clues in the manual, either.

I'll pass on this one until I can find out what it wants to do to my system.

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Version 6.1.5
Matreya Member IconComment+27

I just downloaded the demo of version 6.1.5, and I'm not impressed that the 'trial' usage doesn't give me any way of assessing whether this app can do what it promises, even for a day....

Sorry, you're not getting my money this way.

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Version 6.1.5

I totally agree with Matreya. I downloaded the trial, but I am NOT going to shell out $90 for something that might or might not help my current situation. At least let us see what files it finds that are possible to recover. If it finds the files I need then you got a sale. Either that or sell for $30...I'd buy it for sure then.

Mad Mac Member IconReview+0
Mad Mac

I needed to undelete files I had stupidly put in the trash and then emptied. File Salvage worked great, and the customer service responded via email within just a couple of hours when I had a question. The interface was user friendly, and I got my files back. No complaints. Worth the $$$

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Version 6.1
ShotgunWeddings Member IconReview+278

Up until today I would have praised this tool as being very good and useful in a pinch.

Version 6.1 has a very dumb bug, you cannot install it properly or even us it if your OSX account has no password like mine. Very very silly, how many home users waste time with a password?

Losing 1 star for this one!

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Version 6.1

Having no password is not a good idea, home computer or not. Unless you're not connected to the internet, and/or no one has physical access to your computer, or you've nothing of any importance on your computer, you should have a password.


And how many people are too lazy to type in a 7-digit password when they install OS X?


To Zenzenpup:

Who says you need 7 characters? I chose a single digit for my password, and only chose one at all because Terminal sometimes requires one to process a command.

Chimoosoft Member IconReview+0

Tried the demo of this software on an external drive where I'd deleted some pictures I wanted to recover. It churned on the drive for many hours (looking only for jpg and raw files) and then this morning said it was done. Went to save the search results, and the program produced a spinning beach ball which I let spin for about 1.5 hours before giving up.

Not impressed; poorly designed user interface, confusing to use, and didn't work for me. YMMV.

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Version 6.0
warwickmelbourne Member IconReview+2

Unfortunately I shelled out the $79 for File Salvage, having read some positive reviews elsewhere. I wasted 3 days trying to get it to 'salvage' 180gb of data from a hard drive which would not mount. Mostly video files, of the type it says it will retrieve for you. The software crashed so many times, hanging part way through it's 'magic'!$%#@! Thus, 3 days later, and I had several partial retrieves of up to about 70 gb of data, mostly unreadable, unrecognisable, and having lost any names or folders that rendered it largely useless. Only around 20gb of the data retrieved would even open in any format. Most fo the drive contents were a mystery to me still.

Then I was recommended Data Rescue, and downloaded a demo, which took all of 5 minutes to show me every single file on the drive, with correct names and folder structure! Sadly the money does not stretch far enough to spend another $100, but I so wish I had purchased Data Rescue instead of this tragedy. At least now I know what I gave lost.

I implore you: check out your other options. I am a Mac User of 20 years, and have no connection with either software I have mentioned.

(yes, i know I should have backed up the drive, but I do non-profit video production for non-profit organisation, so the budget isn't there for that many hard drives to back up video projects being worked on. I use tape backups)

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Version 6.0
TonyKnight Member IconReview+0

This product is absolutely fantastic! One of our designers deleted a major project yesterday. I was away at a conference and my daily Retrospect Server tape had run out six days ago. No one had put in a new tape. I had never lost anything on my network in 13 years. FileSalvage SAVED THE DAY and my record of never loosing anything. It worked like a charm. This is a MUST buy if your bacon is on the line.

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Version 6.0
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Downloads 98,486
Version Downloads 9,330
Type Utilities / Backup
License Demo
Date 02 Feb 2012
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $79.95
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