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BigJohnson Member IconReview+171


I've had this app for a while but never really tested it until yesterday - glad it wasn't an emergency! I deleted a folder containing an album of FLAC files and then I wanted them back.
I let the app run overnight while I slept and today it said it found 64,453 files. Great, but not a single FLAC file!

I add and convert a lot of audio files on my computer. I've deleted hundreds of AAC and FLAC files recently, but according to the results window the Guru found exactly ONE AAC (m4a) file!

For each category of file found it shows no count for the number of files, and none of the files had any part of the original name, just generic names like 5825.txt and 1412.jpeg.
Out of curiosity I selected a few categories and let it recover the files. I expected that to be pretty quick since it had already located them, but it took around 3 hours.

In the "mp4 video" folder were 16 mp4 files that used to be music videos. ONE of them now plays as a music video, the other 15 have lost the video and only have audio.
In a folder called "M4P" there are 169 tracks listed, all with m4p extensions. All those tracks were actually m4a files, so that's some of the missing AAC tracks - Guru mislabeled them.
It did recover 12 mp3 files from one album deleted within the past week.

Me thinks the guru is actually a novice.


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Version 2.5
GianB2747 Member IconComment+0

I deleted one of my Logic Pro X projects, will this software be able to help me?

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Version 2.5
OlegT2047 Member IconReview+1

I've tried many software before i found Mac Data Recovery Guru.
Many other software can recover photo, audio and video files and they do their job just fine but i've searched for some specific software to recover my work sessions. I'm a professional arranger and i've lost all my data in one minute due to WD driver's error described here:


I have to say, it was the only problem for ~4 years with this External HDD and i had no problems with it until Mavericks update.

All software i found was useless for my purposes. After some additional searches i found 2 apps with possibility of restoring .lso files from Logic Pro (and many others formats, of course). It was Mac Data Recovery Guru and one more app from iSkySoft.

I've tried both of them but iSkySoft's app did not find any .lso files, so it was useless for me, too.
And only Mac Data Recovery Guru found almost all of my working sessions. Of course, they did not have the right names but Logic Pro can open it and it's most important for me.
This software saved me a lot of time and money. Many thanks to Ben from app's support team. He helped me a lot, too.

I have to say, searching 2Tb RAID HDD connected to FireWire800 takes a lot of time (about 24 hours) and one feature which will be very helpful is saving and opening a list of scanned and found files (Disk Drill have this possibility, for example) because if you disconnect your HDD and then reconnect it again you need to search from beginning. I did not found this feature.

This software is highly recommended for pro-users who did not have a backup (you can find a list of supported formats on developer's page) and for all other users who needs to recover files from reformatted or deleted partitions and drives

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Version 2.5

Does it work with Logic Pro X Projects?


No support for Logic Pro X yet and i have to update my story. After listing and opening all my restored .lso files i found only Logic 8 and earlier. All my work made on Logic 9 was lost. Mac Guru did not find them unfortunately.
I hope, the developer will update this nice app with modern versions of Logic's Pro files.


yeah lets hope they update that soon! =) Thanks for ur help

Mitch_k Member IconComment+5

I was interested in this, so I downloaded the demo. I launched it and selected the usb stick to scan from 'Drives'. When I clicked 'Start Scan', Data Recovery Guru asks for my admin password! (process system.privilege.admin)
What's that about?

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Version 2.0

Update: So I refused the admin access. Now I see that it has started scanning anyway; files are showing. So WHY was it asking for an admin password?

Mac OS X File Recovery (Developer)

Thanks for the great question, Mitch. It prefers to have the password in order to set the privileges on the deleted files it recovers to their correct values.

Mac OS X File Recovery (Developer)

Oh, and also under 10.8 admin access is necessary to access the posix nodes of even external devices. Crazy of OS X to do that, but there it is.

rainbowjack Member IconComment+1

I recently installed a replacement hard drive on my MCP, restored from time machine and then was horrified TM had deleted back up editions from 4 months last year in order to incorporate a 355GB dump of the same restored volume. So stopped the process, after a few hundred MB and want to see if I can recover the erased but not over written time machine folders. Will this app help?

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Version 1.4.1
Mac OS X File Recovery (Developer)

It will get back a large amount of individual files that you will be able to sort through and recover as you choose.

Give the demo a try, you can get it for free and preview which files are available to recover with that.

Zerafiall Member IconComment+1

I'm guessing (and hoping for my own security sake) that doesn't work with "Secure empty trash" or "rm -p file" since the overwrite the data... right?

So far that's the case with my testing.

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Version 1.4.0
Mac OS X File Recovery (Developer)

For the most part you are correct Zerafiall. There is one minor exception, but it's unlikely to affect you :-)
minor exception: http://www.macosxfilerecovery.com/data-recovery-possible-on-securely-erased-ssds/

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Version 2.5
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Version 2.0
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Date 17 Dec 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
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