FileSalvage (Mac OS Data Recovery)

FileSalvage is an extremely powerful Macintosh application for exploring and recovering deleted files from a drive or volume. FileSalvage is designed to restore files that have:

  • been accidentally deleted.
  • become unreadable due to media faults.
  • been stored on a drive before it was re-initialized/formatted.

Use FileSalvage to recover your lost files, iTunes libraries, iPhoto collections, and to rescue data that has been lost.

Updated to support OS X Yosemite (also supports Mac OS X 10 and higher).

FileSalvage is device and file system independent, which means that the user can recover files from a normal Mac OS hard drive, USB key, PC disk, Linux disk, FAT32 disk, FLASH card, scratched CD, Digital Cameras, iPods, and almost any other media or file system that can be recognized in Mac OS X.

FileSalvage can currently recover over 100 file types, embedded and stand-alone (see Appendix C). It will recover both computer files and RAW camera files, as it works on digital camera memory cards. In addition, FileSalvage is constantly being enhanced and updated with an increasing number of file types to salvage.

FileSalvage also supports the ability to process disk images. This means that defence attorney’s, law enforcement and corporate agencies can now access EnCase® (unencrypted images only), Unix DD and CopyCatX image file systems without purchasing expensive computer forensics software.

With its advanced features and performance, FileSalvage is extremely straight forward to handle. The easy-to-use interface is designed with any level of OS X user in mind and is highly accessible to all, with the potential completion of the whole recovery process within just a few clicks.

FileSalvage Features

Written specifically for Mac OS X, FileSalvage includes powerful features that give the user greater control and flexibility in analyzing and retrieving lost data:

Safety first – FileSalvage will never salvage to the disk or device being used as the data source; this makes the software “risk-free”. Neither does it attempt to repair a disk or alter its contents. Instead FileSalvage simply reads it and copies the relevant files to an alternative destination of the user’s choice.

Works anywhere – FileSalvage is device and file system independent. This means that the user can recover files from a hard drive, digital camera, USB key, PC disk, FLASH card, scratched CD, and most storage media that work with the Mac.

Searches free space – On HFS+ volumes, the user can limit FileSalvage to scan only the free space of a volume to recover files from. This produces huge speed efficiency and means that the task of recovering files can be accomplished much quicker. By default, ‘Undelete’ scans for “free space” whilst ‘Salvage’ will scan the entire space on a device.

Recovers files after a disk or device has been formatted – Own an initialized disk or other device with files that you want back? No problem! So long as the drive was not securely initialized, FileSalvage should be able to recover the files from the drive.

Recovers files from corrupt media – Data corruption does not stop FileSalvage from working. In fact it will happily process an entire corrupted file system for intact data and recover whole or partial files wherever it finds them.

FileSalvage works on faulty hardware – FileSalvage can also recover data from mechanically unsound devices. The software uses several tried and tested methods, which in addition SubRosaSoft has improved upon, to read the same piece of information and to automatically skip of areas of the file system that are fully unreadable. By employing these methods, FileSalvage is able to recover data from sources that may have appeared to other software to be too physically broken to use.

Preview – Allows the user to preview a range of available files before choosing to recover them. Using the underlying architecture of Mac OS X, FileSalvage can read and display audio, video, image, text and other files.

Recover images – FileSalvage can analyze and recover files from most third party tool disk images such as standard ISO, EnCase® (unencrypted images only), UNIX dd, Drive Genius™, and SubRosaSoft CopyCatX™.

Simple interface – FileSalvage has a clean and simple user interface that makes it accessible and very easy to use, whether you are a beginner or advanced user.

Recovery File Types List

The following is a list of file formats that can be recovered using SubRosaSoft’s FileSalvage version 8:

  • 3DS 3D file (Bryce 3D Strata 3D Cheetah3D etc)
  • 3GPP video file
  • 3GPP2 video file
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InCopy
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe LiveMotion
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • AIFF sound
  • Apple AddressBook & Backup Files
  • Apple Compressor
  • Apple GarageBand AIF Sound Files
  • Apple GarageBand Project Files
  • Apple iDVD
  • Apple iMovie projects
  • Apple Keynote Presentation
  • Apple Logic Express and Logic Pro Audio Files
  • Apple Logic Express and Logic Pro Project Files
  • Apple Pages
  • AppleScript
  • AppleWorks Document
  • ArcView Design Drawing
  • ASF movie
  • Automator Workflow
  • AVI (Audio Video Interleaved) movie
  • binhex archive
  • BMP image
  • Bryce 3D
  • bz2 compressed tar
  • C Source code
  • Canon CR2
  • Canon CRW
  • Canvas X
  • Cheetah3D
  • Cinema4D
  • Digital Video & iMovie Movies
  • DreamWeaver Actionscript
  • EazyDraw
  • EPS (Encapsulated PostScript)
  • FileMaker 5 Database
  • FileMaker 7 & 8 Database
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Final Draft
  • Finale
  • Flash fla
  • Flash swf
  • Fuji
  • GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)
  • GIMP (Graphics)
  • Google Earth KMZ files
  • gzip archive
  • HTML
  • iCal Events
  • JMP statistics software
  • JPEG
  • Keychain File
  • Kodak
  • M4A (iTunes music)
  • M4P (iTunes encrypted music)
  • m4v video
  • MacroMedia Director
  • MacroMedia Freehand
  • Mail ( received email)
  • Mail ( sent email)
  • Mail (mbox standard mailbox file)
  • Mathematica
  • Maya 3D
  • Microsoft Excel Documents
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Documents
  • Microsoft Word Documents
  • MIDI sound
  • MP3
  • mp4 video
  • mpeg media
  • MRW Minolta 7D
  • Multi-Ad Creator Pro
  • Nikon
  • Ogg Vorbis
  • Olympus
  • OpenDocument Spreadsheet ( & others)
  • OpenDocument Text ( & others)
  • PageMaker
  • Painter
  • PDF
  • PNG (Portable Network Graphics)
  • Poser
  • PowerCADD
  • Quark Xpress
  • QuickBooks
  • QuickTime Image
  • QuickTime Media
  • RagTime
  • RAR archive
  • RealBasic
  • RealMedia
  • Reason (.rps)
  • RTF (Rich Text Format) text
  • Safari Bookmarks
  • Stuffit SIT
  • Stuffit SITX
  • Targa image
  • TIFF (Tagged Image File Format)
  • Tiny Book
  • TurboTax
  • VectorWorks
  • WAV sound
  • WMA audio
  • WMV video
  • WouldjaDraw