Test and review: Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery

There are two Mac hard drive recovery tools provided by Stellar Information Technology and we reviewed the Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery because this review of Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery is catered for entry and intermediate users. This software is $25 cheaper than its sibling---this difference in price is attributed to the lack of additional advanced tools when compared to the more expensive one. 

Part 1 Review of Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery

Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery

Pros: it has a really friendly user interface, fast and easy installation, scan and recover process

Cons: the scanning and recovery speed rate is below average for both HDDs and SSDs

In a nutshell: Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery is one of the best data recovery tools we have tested and reviewed because of its consistent performance in recovering files despite its below average speed.

Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery

Several tests for Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery were performed on two scenarios--lost files and reformated drive--for the purpose of writing this review. This data recovery tool is able to save you a lot of time and avoid copious amount of stress when you are trying to revive a damaged machine, from minor system glitches to major virus attacks.

You would be able to recover a wide range of file formats from a variety of supported media including documents, music, videos and photos from the depths of Mac hard drives and removable disks. Based on our tests, the software renders a high recovery rate which indicates its reliability. This data recovery tool is also able to recover backup files created by Apple's Time Machine feature. 

We also find the preview feature extremely useful because it is a rare ocassion to want all lost files recovered. It is uncommon for data recovery tools to recover lost files with their original names. Therefore, we find it refreshing to see that this software is able to accommodate to this "want". It makes it even easier to filter through recoverable files.

Part 2 Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery alternatives

The tests for Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery resulted in highly favourable outcomes. Even though it is an awesome software, it may not be the best tool to recover lost or deleted data for everyone. Here are two of the best Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery alternatives for you to consider when you are in the market for a data recovery software.

1. Wondershare Data Recovery for Mac

Wondershare Mac Data tool is highly reputable with its four powerful recovery options that will allow you to reclaim lost or deleted files according to different situations. Users will be able to apply Wondershare Data Recovery for Mac onto flash drives, memory sticks, USB drives, external hard drive and built-in hard discs, and digital cameras. It has the ability to perform "Deep Scans" so that users can be specific in their criteria of file retrieval.

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  • Recover lost or deleted files, photos, audio, music, emails from any storage device effectively, safely and completely.
  • Supports data recovery from recycle bin, hard drive, memory card, flash drive, digital camera and camcorders.
  • Supports to recover data for sudden deletion, formatting, hard drive corruption, virus attack, system crash under different situations.
  • Preview before recovery allows you to make a selective recovery.
  • Supported OS: Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista, Mac OS X (Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8, 10.9, 10.10 Yosemite, 10.10, 10.11 El Capitan, 10.12 Sierra) on iMac, MacBook, Mac Pro etc.
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2. Minitool Mac Data Recovery

Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery alternative

The Minitool Mac Data Recovery works well for people who primarily wants to recover pictures and documents, it will not work well in getting back lost and deleted audio and video files. It is also a great tool to have if you have HDDs because it scans and recover deleted/lost files fast on these type of storage discs.

Part 3: Advantages and disadvantages comparison

Like everything else in the world, all three software have its own advantages and disadvantages that will affect different users differently. The table below compares the advantages and disadvantages of these great mac data recovery tools:

We have tested and reviewed many data recovery tools and the Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery is truly one of the best ones available in the market. It is really effective and efficient with high successful recovery rate. It is also great for those who are not technology-literate because of its friendly user interface. It is really worth investing in.

Note: Recover Lost Mac Data under Mac OS X 10.13 (High Sierra)

Due to macOS High Sierra (macOS 10.13) requirement, Mac users are not allowed an access to the built-in system drive from any apps. Therefore, if you need to restore lost data from the system disk under macOS 10.13, please "disable System Integrity Protection" first.

How to disable "disable System Integrity Protection"? Please follow the steps below.

Step 1Reboot the Mac and hold down"Command + R" keys simultaneously after you hear the startup chime, this will boot OS X into Recovery Mode.

Step 2When the "OS X Utilities" screen appears, pull down the "Utilities" menu at the top of the screen instead, and choose "Terminal".

Step 3In the "Terminal" window, type in "csrutil disable" and press "Enter" then restrart your Mac.

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