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Ever since I started working on OS X Mac, I have face data loss on couple of occassions. And that too on different types, first due to hard drive formatting and secondly due to logical corrupt hard drive. Though it looked as if I will be unable to recover my drive again, Stellar Phoenix Mac data recovery software helped me each time to recover files from corrupt & formatted disk. This tool is genius.
there is no better option of data recivery than going for the Mac time machine, http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1427 , It not only keeps backup of your latest files but also comes with the trust of mac.. But the only drawback I find in it is, it is either scheduled or you an do it manually but what if yu want to recover files which you accidently deleted after your latest backup?? For thise situations, you can go for any of the 3rd party Data Recovery Software for Mac, which comes really handy in these data apocalypse situations..
Maybe you can try Kvisoft Data Recovery for Mac, it can recover deleted files on Mac only in three steps:
Step 1. Launch the software to scan the device where your files deleted
Step 2: Preview the scan result files and make mark if it is the one you find
Step 3: Recover files
. I advise to you to try Hetman Data Recovery Pack. The program is simple in use for beginners, but, at the same time, used advanced technologies are rather strong to interest specialists in restoration of data.Thanks to completely automatic step-by-step master, Hetman Data Recovery Pack will help to select the correct scan mode and other necessary options for restoration of files. The master will carry out you through all process of restoration of information for only some simple steps.
This product has the similar interface and works, as well as a standard window of the conductor. Everyone who is familiar with Windows Explorer operation will feel comfortably by operation from Hetman Data Recovery Pack. The program will display disk contents, showing remote files and folders on those places where they settled down before deleting.
The embedded function of print preview supports hundreds file formats. All most widespread formats of images, office documents, electronic spreadsheets, presentations, electronic letters and other files can be viewed before restoration.
Recovery functions, which were switched on in Hetman Data Recovery Pack, can interest professional users and specialists in restoration of data. Opportunity to create the full copy of a disk and to work with the virtual image instead of the real carrier allows to reduce considerably number of appeals to this disk that is very important by operation with the damaged carriers. Saving of files on CD/DVD disks or sending them through FTP connection are convenient in case of restoration of a large number of information.
You might want to check out Disk Drill as well. It is not freeware to actually use Disk Drill to recover files, but it is free to install. Which is nice. I guess. Whatever, it is worth paying for anyway. It is very user friendly, so if you are not a Mac user, it should still be painless to use.
You can find Data Rescue 3 here:
It is not free, but will let you see what it can recover and will recover one test file without a purchase.
As for firewire target disk mode, the hard drive should show up as if it were an external hard drive on the other Mac, with or without any data recovery software. You may even be able to copy the files over directly, and not bother with the recover software.