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Data Rescue® 3

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*Prosoft Engineering highly recommends using the demo of Data Rescue 3 before purchasing. Since every data recovery scenario is different, we want to make sure it will work for your needs.

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Clicking Drive

If your drive is clicking or making any other strange noises this is likely due to some physical problems with the drive. It is strongly recommended that you immediately power down the drive and stop using it. You will likely cause more data loss by using a drive that is clicking or suffering from a hardware issue so the best option is to stop using it and send it to our full-service cleanroom recovery solution: www.TheDataRescueCenter.com

Deleted files

If you've deleted files on your main drive, those files are marked as free space by the system and can be written over as needed. It's important to stop using your computer as soon as possible in this situation. Do not download any software to the drive where the deleted files were (as that download may overwrite those very files you're trying to recover). There are a few options for you in this situation:


  1. Boot your computer from our Data Rescue® Boot DVD
    1. If you have one, simply follow the instructions on the DVD — Then run a deleted file scan on your drive — You will need a second drive to recover the deleted files to.
    2. If you do not have a Data Rescue® Boot DVD, you may purchase one online. It is important that you download the boot DVD image to a different computer, burn it using that other computer and then take the disc to the computer you're trying to recover deleted files from. Your email receipt for the Boot DVD image download will include instructions on how to burn this boot DVD and use it to boot your Mac.
    3. You may also purchase Data Rescue® in a retail store (Apple store, MicroCenter,etc) or online store (Other World Computing, Amazon, etc). The retail packaged box will include the bootable DVD inside the box.

  2. Boot your computer via FireWire Target Disc Mode (using another Macintosh)

Target Disk Mode

  1. Turn off the machine with the corrupted hard drive (machine).
  2. Connect both machines using a firewire cable.
  3. Boot the secondary Mac as you do normally.
  4. Boot the machine with the corrupted hard drive (machine), while holding the "T" key. Hold the "T" key until you see a FireWire icon floating across the screen.
  5. On your secondary Mac, download and open the Data Rescue® 3 demo.
  6. In Data Rescue® 3, select the Target FireWire connected Hard Drive as the drive to scan.

If you do not have access to another Mac, you may contact our sales department to order a bootable DVD to be shipped to you for $7.50 shipping and handling so you may demo the software prior to purchase. You may call our sales line at 1-877-477-6763.


  1. Boot your computer via secondary bootable drive

If you have a bootable secondary HD that has a Mac operating system on it, you may use it to run Data Rescue® 3 & scan your drive. Here's how:


  1. From a powered off state hold down the "option" key while powering your Mac up.
  2. Once the option's menu appears select your bootable HD and click the arrow to continue.
  3. Install Data Rescue® 3 to the HD and launch it.
  4. Now you can scan you HD safely while booting from another drive.

If the deleted files you are trying to recover are NOT on your main drive, then you can simply download the demo for Data Rescue® 3 to that main drive, install the application and run it, scanning the other drive where the deleted files occurred.

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What's New in Data Rescue® 3

  • Data Rescue® 3 sports a brand new Graphical User Interface, with animated visual effects.
  • Over 100 new Reconstructed file types have been added for Deleted and Deep scans.
    Click HERE to see a complete list
  • A powerful new feature called FileIQ allows Data Rescue® 3 to learn about new file types from user-supplied samples. This greatly extends the number of potential Reconstructed file types supported.
  • A new File Previewer feature, which can preview many file types prior to recovery.
  • The ability to suspend and resume scans, and to manage the results from multiple scans.
  • Improved support for scanning Apple software RAID drives
  • Improved support for scanning large > 1TB drives
  • Improved support for recovering large sparse disk image files
  • Improved support for recovering pkzip files
  • Improved recovery of hard linked files
  • Added ability to unmount or eject a volume (useful when booted from DVD-ROM)
  • Automatic check for updated Data Rescue® 3 version
  • Improved features to assist if a call to Prosoft technical support becomes necessary.
  • New Home Folder feature when booted from DVD; avoids the need to re-enter activation key each time it's booted.
  • Numerous bug fixes
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    Awards & Reviews

    TopTen Reviews - March 2013

    Best Mac Hard Drive Recovery Software
    The Verdict: 10/10

    "As our pick for the best Mac hard drive recovery software out there, Data Rescue's effectiveness, usability and functionality far outshine the competition." - TopTen Reviews

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    PC Mag - Feb 2013

    The 50 Best Mac Apps

    "Hard drive failure is the bane of the computing experience. Are you properly prepared for such a heinous event? If not, you should check out Data Rescue® 3 which recovers files from damaged hard drives, as well as those that have been deleted." - Jeffrey Wilson

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    Mevvy - May 2013

    The best thing is...

    "It's a life saver for your external hard drives." - Mevvy - 1000 Best Apps

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    TopTen Reviews - May 2013

    TopTen Reviews - May 2013

    Best Mac Hard Drive Recovery Software

    The Verdict: 10/10

    "As our pick for the best Mac hard drive recovery software out there, Data Rescue's effectiveness, usability and functionality far outshine the competition." - TopTen Reviews

    MacInformer - Sept 2012

    MacInformer - Sept 2012

    Data Rescue® 3 Product Review

    "In short, Data Rescue® 3 provides different tools for recovery of data. The app has a good design and the customer support is eager to help when you have a problem." - MacInformer

    The Mac Observer - August 13, 2012

    My Mac - August 27, 2012

    Whoops - Data Rescue® 3 Review

    "Data Rescue® 3 saved my bacon. It wasn’t the first time and probably won’t be the last. You need to own this program." - Richard Lefko

    The Mac Observer - August 13, 2012

    The Mac Observer - August 13, 2012

    How to Wipe a Mac Remotely with iCloud (and get the data back).

    "Data Rescue® successfully restored and rebuilt over 380,000 files, including our music, photos, and documents." - The Mac Observer

    GadgetReview.com - June 2012 GadgetReview.com - June 2012

    GadgetReview.com - June 2012

    Data Rescue® 3 Review

    "Bottom line... Data Rescue® 3 performs like one of those Data Rescue® centers, only in the comfort of your home." - GadgetReview.com

    TopTenREVIEWS - April 2012

    TopTenREVIEWS - April 2012

    Data Rescue® 3 Review

    "The clean user interface gives users a hassle-free experience when recovering their files. Data Rescue® is easy to use and employs strong technology that can recover data on many types of hardware, from hard drives to memory cards." - TopTenREVIEWS

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    About.com - March 2012

    "No matter what your reason for using it, Data Rescue® 3 may very well be your best shot at retrieving your important files, short of sending your drive out to a drive recovery service." - Tom Nelson

    Find The Best November 2011

    Data Rescue 3 Review

    ""Rated 4.63 out of 5" "

    Mac User UK - August 2011

    Data Rescue 3 Review

    "It's also very easy to use, with a well-designed interface. It's the best overall data recovery program for general use on a Mac, and the animations are cute, too."

    PC Magazine - June 2011

    Data Rescue 3

    "Data Rescue 3"

    Consumer's Digest - April 2011

    Security Solutions

    "The Data Rescue 3 is the only retrieval software that allows you to boot your system from an included DVD, so you can recover files even if your system has crashed."

    MacWelt - March 2011

    First Aid for Macs

    "Defective hardware or carelessness of the user's important data can disappear in the digital nirvana. Then, in addition to a current backup one or the other tool is useful to keep the loss limits..."

    cnet - January 2011

    Data Rescue 3.1 for Mac

    "Data Rescue's demo limits you to previewing and recovering a single file of 10MB or less, but that's enough to see this app in action and get a feel for its friendly interface, good documentation, and impressive recovery capabilities. This is the kind of software that you hope you never need--but when you do, Data Rescue is a great app to have."

    IT Enquirer - October 2010

    Data Recue 3 clones disks and recovers your own file types

    "FileIQ is Data Rescue 3's most innovative new feature. I found it very strange Prosoft Engineering not making a whole lot more of noise about that. In order to recover your files, Data Rescue needs to recognise file types. To make that possible, the application comes with a sort of fingerprint of every common file type-?some 150 in all. Those file types are listed in a Preference panel, but in Arena and Expert View, you can also create your own file types using the new FileIQ."

    Macworld - July 2010

    Data Rescue 3 Review

    "Amazing file recovery tool for deleted files and damaged drive."

    Softpedia - June 2010

    Data Rescue 3

    "100% clean"

    MacLife - May 2010

    DIY Data Recovery

    "Hopefully, you'll never hat to use Data Rescue. But recovering important data just once is well worth its price."

    Mac New Zealand - March 2010

    Review Data Rescue 3

    "Really comprehensive file scanning and recovery, plus the ability to learn new file types makes this exceedingly powerful. Coupled with a very comprehensive manual and you're potentially a hardware pathologist. Luckily, the extremely fast comparatively Quick Scan uncovers a surprising wealth of disappeared files."

    MyMac - March 2010

    Review - Data Rescue 3

    "Mostly intuitive interface; useful FileIQ training mode; search within recovered files; modest system requirements; Quick Scan is indeed very quick.."

    Moje jabluszko - February 2010

    Data Rescue 3

    MacLife Germany - January 2010

    Data Rescue 3

    "Data Rescue 3 besitzt nun die animierte grafische Oberfl?che, die man schon von Drive Genius kennt. Diese sogenannte Arena View mag zwar ein zeitgem??es Erscheinungsbild sein, ist aber sicher nicht jedermanns Sache. Wer es lieber etwas n?chterner mag, der wird sich dar?ber freuen, dass die Animation abgeschaltet werden kann."

    Mac Fan Japan - January 2010

    Data Rescue 3

    MacPeople Japan - January 2010

    Data Resuce 3

    ilMac.net - January 2010

    Data Rescue 3 Review

    AppleTell - December 2009

    Data Rescue 3

    "All in all, I'd say the software is really worth it if you have a hard drive from which you need to recover important files. Even at $99, it can be much cheaper than having experts go through the drive, which can commonly cost a couple hundred of dollars to even thousands. The decision basically comes down to how important your data is. In some cases, $99 may be a small price to pay for the priceless pictures and files lost. In others, a simple reformat may be the solution."

    MacDirectory - December 2009

    Data Rescue 3 Review

    "Beyond having the most aptly designed package of any utility we've seen, Prosoft's Data Rescue 3 excels as a data recovery tool with an excellent balance of simplicity for an inexperienced user with the advanced features for IT pros. If getting your data back is really critical and you discover your skills may not be up for the task, Data Rescue 3 owners can take advantage of Prosoft's White Glove Service where you send in your dive and their experts do the work."

    Mac Test - November 2009

    Salve sua vida

    Macworld Spain - November 2009

    Data Rescue 3

    "Eficacia en la recuperaci?n de datos. Funci?n FileIQ. Capacidad de pausar y reanudar. Requerimientos t?cnicos. Mejora en el sistema de registro."

    Macworld - October 2009

    Recovering an erased hard drive

    "Unlike some other utilities that demand you install them on a drive before the bad thing happens, Data Rescue II is for after the effluent has forcefully made contact with the rotating blades."

    Tech Talk for Families - January 2009

    Data Rescue II Review

    "Overall, we're impressed with Data Rescue II. As far as we can tell, it restored all of our missing files, and by saving the scan file, we can easily go back and locate anything else we need. If you need to unerase, undelete, or otherwise restore lost files, we can speak from experience that Data Rescue II does the job."

    Mojejabluszko Magazine - January 2009

    Data Rescue II Review

    Macwelt - June 2008

    Data Rescue II Review

    MyMac - April 2008

    Another One Bites the Dust Hard Drive Failure

    "The folks at Prosoft will let you download a demo of DR2, which is fully functional with the exception that you can only recover one file that is 5 MB in size or less. You have to buy the program to recover more than that. I think this is fair because the demo allows you to test the program by running a scan to find out if the data on your drive is recoverable, before you shell out the cash. DR2 retails for $99."

    MacDirectory - Fall/Winter 2007

    Efficient, Cost Effective Recovery Software

    "Data Rescue II is simple, and it worked flawlessly on recovering data on a 500 GB external hard drive that contained mostly photos RAW, JPEG, and TIF, and DV video clips."

    MacUser - February 2007

    File Recovery Tool, Data Rescue II

    "It is good at what it does. Apple's recent worldwide internal license for Data Rescue II bears testament to this."

    About This Particular Macintosh - March 2006

    Data Rescue II

    "This is the kind of program you don't care about until you're desperate. But if you do have a hard drive failure and haven't got a recent backup, download Data Rescue II. You can do a Thorough Scan of your drive without buying the program: see what DR II can recover for you, let it rescue a sample file, and once it's proven itself for your situation, buy it and save the rest of your files. Then, having learned the hard way, make sure you back them up."

    Macworld - February 2006

    Data Rescue to the rescue

    "I ran the application and it showed me the folder structure including my pictures. I clicked the checkbox and told Data Rescue to rescue them to my hard drive. When it finished downloading, I launched iPhoto and there were all of my pictures. I had to wait a little more than a week to know if I was going to be able to get my pictures back, which was excruciating for me. From now on, whenever I travel, Data Rescue will be along with me on a disk that goes in my luggage."

    MacHome - January 2006

    Rapid Recoveries

    "Powerful, intuitive, straightforward utility"

    MacLife Germany - August 2004

    Data Rescue X Review

    Macworld - May 2004

    Working Mac

    "Your Mac develops a serious problem that can't be ignored: Perhaps it won't print your documents. Or applications keep crashing. Or the Mac itself crashes on startup. That's when you need to pull out your emergency tool kit. We've assembled a collection of essential utilities you should have on hand."

    MacUP Germany - February 2004

    Data Rescue X

    "Prosoft bringt Data Rescue X 10.4 auf den Markt"

    MacAddict - June 2003

    Data Rescue X

    "It grabbed our files from a drive other utilities told us was toast."

    Popular Mechanics - December 2000

    Don't Panic! How to recover data from a dead hard drive.

    "Once the assessment indicated we'd get good results, we used Prosoft's Data Rescue II software $99, which is tailored for the Mac OS and Mac-formatted drives. There are far more options for PC owners, including Prosoft's Data Rescue PC $99."