Hi there, folks! In this video, I’m gonna show you how to do an external hard drive recovery on your Mac computer. If you recently formatted your external hard drive, maybe you just completely deleted the contents of it, maybe it’s corrupt and your files are lost. Whatever the reason is, it is possible to recover data on your external hard drive. I just advise that you act quickly. The longer you wait, the better there is a chance that the data on your hard drive can be lost forever. So if you need to recover data on your external hard drive, I recommend acting as soon as possible. So what we’re gonna do first is go to the website www.recovering-deleted-files.net or simply click the link in the description box below. And here is the website! It’s important that we’re going to scroll down and select ‘Mac Data Recovery’ right here. For those of you who click the link in the description box, that will bring you directly to this page, and then we’re going to scroll down and click ‘Download’ and this is going to download and next, you’re going to install the software. I already have the software so I won’t be doing this step but simply follow the instructions. Here is the software. You just want to click through here and you’re given a few options. You can do a ‘Quick Recovery’ which I usually recommend to do first. That’s by far the fastest method of recovery and I think it’s a good way to start and seeing if that recovers any of the data you need. If that doesn’t work, you can try ‘Deleted Recovery’. If your external hard drive, the files had been accidentally deleted, if your external hard drive had been formatted, you can try Formatted Media Recovery. There’s also ‘Raw Recovery’. If none of those work, see quite a few options here to recover the data from your external hard drive. For the sake of time, we are just going to select ‘Quick Recovery’ so make sure your external hard drive is inserted into your Mac computer. Click this, and then you wanna select your external hard drive and then click the next button here to begin the scan, and here are the results of our scan. You can go through the different folders here just by double clicking and seeing what’s inside. This is a newer device so there aren’t as many files. Your results may vary but essentially, all you’re going to do is just select whichever files you want to recover. You can select them individually here or you can go up here and then select an entire folder if you’d like and simply click the ‘Recover’ button here to recover the data. So that’s everything you need to know to do an external hard drive recovery on your Mac computer. Make sure you plug in your external hard drive and then select the ‘Quick Recovery’ option. If that doesn’t work, then select one of these other options here depending on what you need and by visiting the website www.recovering-deleted-files.net or much more simply, just click the link in the description box below to go directly to the website. Download the software and scan your external device and see if it comes up with the data that you need back. Okay, thanks for watching. Good luck!

External Hard Drive Recovery on Mac Computer the FAST Way [Working 2020]

99 thoughts on “External Hard Drive Recovery on Mac Computer the FAST Way [Working 2020]

  • June 16, 2013 at 4:52 am
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    Plzzz Helppppppp I was about to restore my backup from my hardrive to my new macbook using time machine but i formatted the drive from which i was about to restore my stuff to macbook… what to do now :(((((( plz help

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  • August 7, 2013 at 2:55 pm
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    If my external hard drive isn't showing up in finder, is there anything I can do? Thanks.

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  • August 17, 2013 at 3:39 am
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    Did you try scanning the formatted drive? The software can recover formatted hard drives.

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  • August 17, 2013 at 3:40 am
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    Try re-installing the software and load it again, should appear.

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  • March 2, 2014 at 4:29 am
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    You, my friend, might be my savior. At work and my computer froze for about 5 seconds, and after it came to, my external hard drive said it was blank… I'm an editor and had ALL my completed works, edits, etc. on my hard drive, not only completed, but huge projects i'm working on right now. If this works… I will cherish you forever.

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  • March 30, 2014 at 12:32 am
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    thanks so much easymacdatarecovery you guys are life savers

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  • April 5, 2014 at 4:39 am
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    I need to scan a mac drive from my windows pc. Which is the best program for that?

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  • April 24, 2014 at 5:33 am
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    hi there does this software recover overwritten files?

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  • May 14, 2014 at 6:09 am
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    Thanks bro! 

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  • May 14, 2014 at 12:55 pm
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    I wasn't aware that my old files were deleted when I pasted new files to it. Now it is only able to find the new content on the hard. I am really panicking because search results shows that they might be permanently gone. 

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  • June 5, 2014 at 9:50 pm
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    Seriously! I tried everything before this. I almost throw away my external drive thinking that it was unrecoverable. I did the free trial and i could't believe it was showing my documents. I had lost over 1000 pictures and music videos i have worked on. I made the payment quickly to get my license and within a few hours i had all my data back! Thanks a lot guys! 

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  • June 14, 2014 at 10:30 pm
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    i have use  that program in my  windows laptops  and pc  and i works  great i have recover 22.000  videos  😀 

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  • July 6, 2014 at 5:58 am
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    i love you man. you saved my life, my entire 6 years data files and documents. thanks alot

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  • August 10, 2014 at 7:06 pm
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    Thanks a lot! I am about to cry but then I found this video. THANK YOU VERY MUCH! This video is very helpful. 

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  • August 16, 2014 at 12:10 pm
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    thank u.

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  • September 3, 2014 at 3:32 pm
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    This is amazing, thank you thank you thank you sooooo much!  I was on the verge of tears when my Toshiba with all my pics and vids stopped mounting on my Mac.  This is an incredible software, thank you again, you saved my most cherished memories!

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  • September 19, 2014 at 7:26 am
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    thankkk youuuuuuu heapppsssss…….

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  • September 25, 2014 at 4:06 pm
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    I am using it to right now to save files on a drive that another recovery program said were there but completely unrecoverable. They are downloading as I write this and I have checked many of them already. All good so far.  I highly recommend this program. Its well worth the money.
    Richard Michalak 

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  • October 20, 2014 at 11:30 am
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    my files have been scanning all day, i have been waiting i hope this works, it looks like it so far. Your a life saver!

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  • October 21, 2014 at 12:48 pm
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    Thanks!

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  • October 26, 2014 at 3:23 am
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    I knew there was a program out there like this one, I'm grateful to have found it! Simple and to the point! Thanks so much!

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  • November 24, 2014 at 12:53 pm
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    Thank you so much for this. I followed all the steps and recovered all my files. The only thing is, when I go to open my "recovered" files from my hard drive, they are all corrupt/ damaged. 🙁  When I go to open any of the files, the program says it may not support the file format, a plug-in may be missing, or the file may be opened in another application. I don't know what to do. None of these files were damages before. Any suggestions? 🙁

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  • February 3, 2015 at 9:57 am
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    You are the best! It jus worked!!!! don´t know what happened but while scanning it, the crashed disk appeared in my desktop!!! Thanks for your help 😀

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  • February 22, 2015 at 2:03 am
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    Amazing!!!! Thank you very much, i thought I had lost 500Gb worth of files. A+++

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  • February 24, 2015 at 5:57 pm
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    It WORKED!!!  Thank you so much!!!
    I was going to literally die… you saved my life 😉

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  • February 27, 2015 at 4:03 am
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    gunna try this today! hope it works

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  • March 5, 2015 at 2:40 pm
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    Thanks! I got all my games back! 

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  • March 27, 2015 at 1:09 am
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    hoping this works my producer deleted all my files smh

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  • May 3, 2015 at 3:15 am
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    OMG !!! it worked !!!
    I LOVE YOU!!!!! ahahahahah XD

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  • May 11, 2015 at 6:01 pm
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    Accidentally clicked on repair in disk utility instead of creating an image to recover lost files.  Will i still be able to recover this

    The drive is 500GB.  How long does it take.  It gets stuck at about 90% of the "Scanning in progress" stage now on 30 mins. on "Verifying FAT 32.  Did this hang? or is this normal?

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  • May 26, 2015 at 12:28 pm
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    Does this work?

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  • June 18, 2015 at 2:39 am
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    Thanks so much for this video!

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  • July 4, 2015 at 7:58 pm
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    It Worked!!! This just saved a 2 hour project! Thanks!!!!!

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  • July 19, 2015 at 9:28 pm
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    BRILLIANT!!!I It worked and was super easy. I tried a couple of things I found on the internet to recover my files and none worked. You saved my life. There was my whole life on that external hard drive. I still can't believe that I've got almost all of my data back. 😀

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  • August 14, 2015 at 12:49 am
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    This works great…..

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  • August 27, 2015 at 8:08 pm
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    Thank you so very much for this video! My external hard drive crashed and if it weren't for your help I would have lost 7-8 years of photos, music, and documents!

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  • September 19, 2015 at 5:51 pm
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    what if I've accidentally reformat it because of my bootcamp ? this can help as well?

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  • September 29, 2015 at 2:18 am
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    My 2TB of TV Shows was almost halved when the FAT got corrupted and Disk Utility repaired the disk, Im hoping this will find them. doing a RAW data recovery atm…

    Thanks for this video, all other recovery software I've searched for costs hundreds!

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  • September 29, 2015 at 3:07 am
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    You are the man! Thank you!

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  • October 6, 2015 at 8:35 am
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    Hi! I have a question. Will the folder names and structure remain the same if we succesfully recover it by using this software?

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  • December 1, 2015 at 11:41 am
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    OMG it worked, all over the moon. Thanks

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  • December 21, 2015 at 1:15 pm
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    the interface looks a lot different than the one in your video, with less options. Can you help me with this?

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  • December 22, 2015 at 12:57 am
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    dude you saved my life… now i can take the belt down out the closet…

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  • December 25, 2015 at 1:24 pm
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    thank you so very much!

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  • January 1, 2016 at 9:30 pm
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    thanks man very helpful.. definitely worth recommendation

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  • January 11, 2016 at 8:08 am
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    Hi there,

    I ran the phoenix program and it started well but paused in the middle for a while, what should I do, wait till it resumes or does this program have limitation on how much it can recover. Btw I'm trying to recover 400gigs of data from my external HD.

    Thanks in advance for your response…..

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  • January 11, 2016 at 11:29 am
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    I can't thank you enough! For a moment I thought I would never be able to access my data on my Mac again, but this program solved the problem! GREAT!

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  • January 20, 2016 at 8:06 am
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    you are amazing!!!! life saver

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  • January 31, 2016 at 9:46 pm
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    so i was able to recover and move lost files from my old maxtor 3100 external to my new macbook pro BUT most of the video/audio files (mpg/mov/avi/mp3) still wont open. does that mean those files are still corrupt and would there actually be another way to recover them? just wondering if you've came across the same situation. thanks!

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  • February 17, 2016 at 9:31 am
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    Thank you so much, you are a lifesaver! This program takes a long time to run (my corrupted external hard drive is 750GB) so I didn't actually get to the part with the directory tree of files or have to to use the recover function but halfway through the scanning process, OS X somehow recognized my drive again and I was able to copy over all my files. You saved over 10 years of pictures and videos – I cannot thank you enough!

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  • March 5, 2016 at 2:58 pm
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    Thank you very much. You saved me.

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  • March 7, 2016 at 1:44 am
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    thank you

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  • March 27, 2016 at 8:40 am
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    I can't believe it!!!! Just like Pareen below, while waiting for the scan to complete, my computer somehow recognized my external drive again!!!! (It happened during the Updating and filtering directory entries stage.) How is that possible?? Why did that happen? I'm actually very curious. Now I'm afraid to eject it; Don't want it to disappear again. I'm still completing the scan, just in case, but, boy is it taking a long time!!! Thank you so much for your help!!

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  • April 26, 2016 at 7:16 pm
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    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
    What a life saver! Years of memories recovered!
    God bless you (all the way from Morocco) !

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  • April 27, 2016 at 7:28 am
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    IT worked!!! Thank you so much!

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  • May 4, 2016 at 1:13 pm
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    Thank You so much man. Very useful software.

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  • May 9, 2016 at 9:28 am
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    Dude thank you so much!. This save my butt, it really works. I had deleted files accidentally off of an micro SD card and this program was able to find all the deleted files and put them back on my computer. For everyone who is skeptical, this really does work. However you will need a serial number to actually save the files.

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  • May 16, 2016 at 2:28 pm
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    do u have to put ur external hard drive back in?

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  • May 20, 2016 at 11:00 pm
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    hello can i use this to recover an external hard drive erased from disk utility?

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  • June 2, 2016 at 5:54 pm
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    I have used a data recovery software for mac, it names Wondershare Data Recovery ,a safe and effective data recovery software, retrieves your lost videos, photos, music, documents, emails, etc. from your PC's hard drive as well as from USB drives, external hard drives, and other storage devices.

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  • August 12, 2016 at 11:36 pm
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    thank you so much

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  • September 5, 2016 at 2:23 am
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    this video seriously saved my life

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  • September 11, 2016 at 2:06 am
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    Before I make a mistake: I have a 1 TB external hard drive that is not readable anymore. It gives me three options, initialize, eject, and ignore. I would like to get what's in there before formating it. Would this software work for that?

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  • December 29, 2016 at 4:37 pm
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    Savior!

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  • February 27, 2017 at 2:39 am
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    Thank you help alots recovered my hard drive . Big THANK YOU Mr. Life Saver

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  • March 20, 2017 at 9:14 am
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    THANK YOUUUUUU

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  • March 26, 2017 at 10:46 pm
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    Excellent!!!! Thank You!!! Worked perfectly!!!

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  • April 16, 2017 at 2:58 am
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    THANK YOU! from Ireland 🙂

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  • July 12, 2017 at 11:49 pm
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    Halfway through the recovery process (which seemed like it was going to be successful), my external HD did a weird clicking sound and the Mac was able to mount it. Read-only, but at least I can now copy them to another non-corrupted HD. Definitely give this a try

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  • July 26, 2017 at 9:27 pm
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    How long should the scan take? Mine's been going 10 mins + now, is that normal?

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  • August 6, 2017 at 8:53 pm
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    You literally saved my ass! Thank you, this was pretty helpfull! 🙂

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  • August 27, 2017 at 1:48 am
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    life. saved. thank you.

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  • August 31, 2017 at 2:18 pm
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    I accidentally formatted my external hard drive on my Toshiba laptop, can I use my iMac to recover my files?

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  • December 30, 2017 at 3:54 am
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    THIS SOFTWARE SAVED MY LIFE!

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  • January 20, 2018 at 1:48 pm
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    am i suppose to be brought to Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery?

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  • January 22, 2018 at 4:07 pm
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    it worked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • February 17, 2018 at 7:26 am
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    I just lost gigs how do I recover them?

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  • February 20, 2018 at 4:57 am
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    Thank you.. So usefull usefull tips

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  • March 4, 2018 at 3:25 pm
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    hey there!
    does anyone know the way to recover files from external drive on mac?

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  • March 6, 2018 at 11:47 pm
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    I have formated 850 gb data accidentlly from 1 tb hard drive could i recover all of it ????

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  • March 15, 2018 at 7:41 pm
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    Can I recover 6 months before deleted files

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  • May 6, 2018 at 2:16 pm
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    Will this also work if I can't locate the partition? So not do u have any idea thanks..Can I use this method to locate data on the my Toshiba hard drive that was originally in my macbook pro.. now I'm trying to recover it's data .. Any ideas how I can do that thanks so much..

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  • May 8, 2018 at 1:55 pm
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    Is there a way to recover data after deleting the hard drive ? I lost 5 years of files and work.

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  • July 4, 2018 at 8:03 pm
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    will this work when the one that you are trying to recover is the hard disk it self

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  • July 11, 2018 at 9:29 pm
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    I lost all my files on my external hard drive by an accidental Time Machine erase drive click, can this recover my HDD?!? Need help please!!!

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  • July 23, 2018 at 8:33 am
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    The link isn't working nor i am able to find the website. 🙁

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  • July 27, 2018 at 3:30 am
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    my years of photos and data from my external hard drive got wiped out because it was over written by a mac time machine backup… 🙁 so gutted.. quick recovery didn't work. will the deep scan work….? 🙁 its taking forever……

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  • August 1, 2018 at 3:47 pm
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    still can't find the volume. looks like it's physically damaged

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  • September 20, 2018 at 4:46 am
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    When I hit download I got two different programs. One looks a bit like your interface and there was a different one that I hit 'deep scan' on. Is it bad to run 2 different scans at the same time? THANK YOU!

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  • October 25, 2018 at 12:04 am
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    Will this recover all data from an external hard drive tha thas been erased using Disk Utility on mac?

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  • December 4, 2018 at 10:54 pm
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    How big of files can I recover? Because I accidentally deleted all 500GB worth of files in my external device. Because I did the EaseUS Data Recovery, I was only limited to recover 2GB, which made me disappointed because I waited 3 hours. Just downloaded this now, and it is still deep scanning, and I am 2 hours and 30 mins in. Does it take this long?

    Thank you.

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  • February 7, 2019 at 2:38 pm
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    hi, please help… when I recover file (photo) and try to open I get message The file “IMG_0004.HEIC” could not be opened because it is empty. is there any solution?

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  • April 12, 2019 at 8:43 am
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    is it for free?

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  • July 28, 2019 at 6:07 am
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    Does this recovers USB external hard drive? I deleted everything on my USB 3.0 external hard drive on iMac by mistake. I am not a computer guru. Now it's like brand new. I am so devastated. I had videos and pics of my brother and his funeral less then a year ago. I also got married a few months ago and it's deleted as well. I am so crush, I can't stop crying!!! Someone help me.

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  • September 12, 2019 at 4:21 am
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    Thank you so much you save my life
    Vielen Danke

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  • September 23, 2019 at 9:45 pm
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    is this free?

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  • October 4, 2019 at 10:24 am
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    Is the software Mac Data Recovery free?

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  • October 4, 2019 at 3:44 pm
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    bro this is old but gold! you saved my whole design career! haha
    thank you!

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  • October 12, 2019 at 2:22 pm
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    PLEEEEEAAAASSSEEEE HHHHEEEELLLLPPPP! I've tried to download the StellarDataRecovery thing 3 times and it doesn't open. On the bottom of my desktop (the dock) the application comes up but no actual window opens. Did anyone else have this issues! PLEASE HELP!

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