Data Recovery Essential is a fresh, constantly updated, data recovery and undelete app. It also comes with the free daily recovery of up to 100MB, that is perfect if you lost a document or two and need a quick data recovery session right away.

Data Recovery Essential will restore all existing file formats: images and photos, music, documents, videos, ZIP and other compressed files, etc. If your lost data is not recoverable with our Quick Scan or your file system has been damaged, Deep Scan and other extensive data retrieval algorithms will reconstruct your files based on our unique collection of binary file signatures (which is also constantly updated).

Data Recovery Essential scans all existing file systems, including HFS+, NTFS, FAT32, EXT4 and others, and will also be able to find deleted data after accidental or incomplete disk format. All internal and external storage devices supported: your Mac's main hard drive, any mountable external disks, USB flash thumb drives, cameras, memory cards, and even other Macs.

Data Recovery Essential app was created by CleverFiles, the team of top-notch experts in data recovery for Macs. You are more than welcome to send any questions and tech support requests any time to

A regular data rescue process with Data Recovery Essential starts with creating a disk image from the storage device where the lost files reside. This step is very easy to accomplish and is required to prevent further data loss if the target drive has mechanical issues. Make sure you learn how to do it in our simple step-by-step guide here:

Once the disk image is created, load it into Data Recovery Essential app and scan it for deleted data. The app will then show all your recoverable files in a well-structured list that can be searched and filtered. You can recover selected files or just dump everything to another disk or destination and sort it out later. The data recovery process is very fast, smooth and clear.

Note: Data Recovery Essential cannot recover deleted data from iOS devices (iPhones, iPads, iPods Touch).

What’s New

Version 3.7

* Improved APFS data recovery
* Improved preview of files with extensions in upper case
* Fixed recovery loops on some FAT32 disk images

Ratings and Reviews

3.1 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Scott Phrenetik ,

Here are your files, but oh… they’re all corrupted now

My external hard drive worked fine (and still does), but somehow all the files went missing in just one folder. It is an older drive and I had a couple different docs open at the same time, but it was weird. Did a little data recovery research and went with this app due to the ratings and because my problem obviously wasn’t a hardware issue. Made the disk image through Terminal and ran it through the app. It found all my missing files and recovered them… but ZERO of the “recovered” documents will open. They’re all there (albeit scattered about) and show the correct name and file sizes, but not a single one will actually open. This situation seemed like the perfect scenario for this app to work flawlessly and it failed miserably.

Trek110376 ,

Works as advertised

Inadvertently, I permanently erased some important work data. I spent several hours trying to salvage them and tried many apps. Data Recovery Essential was the only one that did not ask for a steep price to recover just 10Mb, and data were recovered perfectly.
Data Recovery Essential allows to recover 100Mb of data per day for free (you pay if you need to retrieve more), and also through its website provides an additional script to avoid the hassle of generating a disk image. Everything worked great in my hands, and also appreciated the transparency of the developers, as the limit of data retrievable for free was very clear upfront.

kw_fan ,

This App Saved Christmas!

I was helping my niece figure out why her brand-new video camera was not recognizing the SD card when I (foolishly) offered to try mine in her camera. Once we figured out what was wrong (her card needed to be formatted differently) I relalized that her video camera had erased my SD card (with all my Christmas Pictures on it). Data Recovery Essential was able to find my pictures and the pro version was able to recover them all.


Justin Johnson
15.8 MB

OS X 10.8.5 or later, 64-bit processor


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  1. Unlimited data recovery $39.99


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