Data Rescue 3 has and can be used to recover data from a floppy disk or CD/DVD media in certain cases. We do not officially support this, however if your able to see your files by using the demo and our steps below to preview or recover a sample file give it a shot.

A floppy disc can not be directly scanned by Data Rescue 3. However if your able to clone the contents of a flash or SD drive to another device or make a .dmg file , it can be scanned afterwards. You can do this with a external floppy drive and disk utility. Apple’s Disk Utility can make a .dmg file out of the floppy disk. For more info on creating a disk image from a drive, visit Apple Support document

Afterwards scan the .dmg file with Data Rescue and 3 follow the steps below,

1) Go to the “Data Rescue 3” menu at the top of the screen and select “Preferences”. 2) Click on the check box for “Enable Expert Features”, then close the Preferences window. 3) Ensure you are within the “Detail View” for Step 1 to see the list of devices. If you are in Arena View (with the animated interface) click on the “Detail View” on the bottom left corner to change views. 4) Go to the Expert Menu at the top of the screen and select “Add file to scan…”. This will display an “Open” prompt for you to select a file. 5) Select the file in the prompt and click “Open”. 6) You will notice the file will appear in the “Select a Drive/Volume” list. You may proceed with your scan of the file from there.

Data Rescue is capable of scanning CD/DVD media based on file patterns to rebuild any common file types it detects, such as JPEG, MP3 Audio, and Word Doc. However, Data Rescue 3 does not display the CD/DVD media as a device to scan by default. You may enable the selection of CD/DVD’s by enabling these special features within the Demo of Data Rescue 3. Steps on enabling all devices: 1) Go to the “Data Rescue 3” menu at the top of the screen and select “Preferences”. 2) In the “General” tab, click on the click on the “Enable Expert Features” check box to turn on this feature. 3) Select the “Scan Engine” tab. Hold the “Control” key and click on the category titled “Scanning”. 4) On the right side of the list, enable the check box titled “Show all devs”, then close the Preferences. (Please note if the right side of the list does not contain “Show all devs”, highlight a different category temporarily, then hold the “Control” control key and click on the “Scanning” Category once again). 5) Close the “Preferences” window. 6) Refresh the hard drive list by going to the “Expert” menu at the top of the screen and select “Refresh Volume List”.

Once the list is refreshed, the CD/DVD media will be available to scan. From here, you may try the demo to scan the media with a Deep Scan, and any files found will be listed within the “/Reconstructed Files/” folder to review. Simply highlight any files of interest and click on the “Preview” button to see if the files display properly. If it provides you with the results you are looking for, you may purchase the full version of Data Rescue 3 here to continue with your recovery.