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After recovering from all kinds of old drives, CF cards (a 16mb one from a LONG time ago) including a 2TB disk, I am very happy with Stellar Phoenix Mac Photo recovery! It’s dead easy to use – you start it up, choose your drive and click recover… Sure, you can head into the advanced tab and recover only single file types if you wish, for example if you were after a set of CR2 files (Canon RAW) from a CF card, you could narrow your search down to just those files. Once scanned you can save the scan / found files information if you wish to restore the files at a later date. Based on my time in I.T. and my previous experience with recovery software, I’m happy to recommend this software if you find yourself in a spot of digital bother.
The overall verdict of the software is that despite some interface drawbacks and the (perhaps expected) inability to detect 100 percent of lost files, that the program is definitely capable of locating and fully recovering a number of files (doing so perfectly when properly detected) and has the potential to be quite useful. No data recovery program can guarantee to fully recover all files, and though it would be nice to have some features such as file type training, the program does well for what it does and will likely allow you to recover at least some of your lost files. However, if you are looking into a recovery program for your files, be sure that the program supports the type of files you are looking to recover. While Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery and other programs can detect a number of common formats, other formats (especially the myriad raw file formats) may not be so easily detectable, especially without a way to train the program on them.
One of the worst feelings as a photographer is to realize that you have accidentally deleted one of your photos, and you have no way to recover it. Most photographers have horror stories about such situations — I once nearly lost all my photos from a trip to San Francisco — but it is often possible to recover deleted photos using special software. One such software is Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery, which claims to be able to recover images from memory cards or hard drives, even after reformatting the drive or deleting an image. Luckily, Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery allows you to try the software for free before you purchase it. In this free trial, you can see which images have been found for recovery. Assuming that the recovered photos have an actual file size (as opposed to the zero kilobytes of my D800e photos), I can recommend Stellar Phoenix without any hesitation.
Inexpensive and effective way to recover precious photos and files that have seemingly been lost forever.