Everyone loses files at some point and backups help, but USB disks, thumb drives and memory cards aren’t backed up. Even files on the Mac’s disk can be created and accidentally deleted in between Time Machine’s hourly backups. A file recovery utility is therefore a useful tool and Tenorshare’s Any Data Recovery for Mac (ADRM) is certainly a favourable option.
It supports almost every version of OS X in use and almost any type of media formatted with HFS+ (Mac), NTFS (Windows), and FAT16/32 (USB storage). Lost File Recovery is a quick way to find deleted files. After selecting a disk, it is scanned and a file list is built. You can browse the deleted files and preview certain types, such as images. Files can be selected and then recovered to another disk.
RAW Recovery is a more thorough type of scan that finds more files by looking at the raw disk data. A USB thumb drive was formatted, changing it from a Windows filing system to Mac, and everything was wiped, but ADRM was able to locate most files and recover them. The filenames aren’t always right, but the files that were recovered were fine. That is quite a tough test and ADRM worked fine, although it took a long time.
The app is able to browse iPhone and iPad backups. If you regularly sync your devices with iTunes and back them up to the Mac’s disk, ADRM can open a backup and show the contacts, notes, reminders, Calendar events, text messages, photos and so on. This enables you to recover items that have been deleted on the device, but are in the backup.
ADRM isn’t quite perfect and the interface could be better. The window cannot be resized for example. A one-year license for a single Mac looks expensive, but a one-off fee of £79.84/$79.95 buys a Family Pack for up to five Macs and this is the better deal. For more information, click here. Tenorshare also develops iCareFone, which you can buy here.