Things happen is not the same as $#!% happens. Sure, we all know things happen. But when bad things happen to us, it becomes a $#!% pile of problems. Like, well, I don’t know– how about losing data? That’s a good one.
Nobody likes to lose files, whether by neglect, or by some catastrophe like a disk drive taking a dive, or an external backup disk that doesn’t seem to remember where those critical files were saved, or a USB disk that shows up blank when it should show secret or valuable files. How do you get back files that are lost?
Alright, backups help, but files that cannot be found for whatever the reason is an event filled with frustration. Cisdem Data Recovery to the rescue. The app claims to be safe and accurate Mac data recover software, which it is, but it also claims Anything Anywhere. We’ll see.
The claim to fame here is the ability to recover deleted, formatted, or lost files on macOS. Well, it’s definitely easy.
Open the app, select which device you want to find a lost file and let Cisdem find all the files available. It may take a few minutes, but the process does a good job of displaying the files on your device– Mac trash, external disk drive, the Mac itself, or other connected devices.
Those five recovery modes make it simple enough to scan each device for files that macOS itself cannot find or cannot display.
What’s the value here? Quick recovery of valuable files that macOS cannot see or recover. How does that work? Usually, you may have accidentally deleted a file and even emptied the Trash. The file seems gone, but it may still be lying around on the Mac’s storage, out of view, but fully intact.
Cisdem finds those files the Mac cannot see.
Think about how valuable that is for photos that may seem lost, but may still be on the Mac, fully recoverable.
The type of file doesn’t really matter much. Photos, various document formats, audio and video files, even zipped Mac archives. But email and text messages can be found, too. What can be used to recover the lost files? It just depends upon where you stored the files. The Mac itself, of course, can be scanned, but so can external disk drives, USB drives, even SD files from cameras.
If the file was stored on the Mac or a connected device, the Cisdem can find the file.
Caveat? Yes. The app is drop dead simple to use. Choose the Mode, Scan the files and Preview, then Recover the file from the storage device. What’s the problem? It’s important to look for the file as soon as possible after you notice it cannot be found, cannot be read, or may have been deleted.
That’s because macOS, when it deletes a file, doesn’t really delete it. Instead, it turns off a flag on the file that says it’s visible. The file remains, but it’s invisible to macOS, but becomes visible to Cisdem. However, another application may write over the file you want back and render it impossible or nearly impossible to retrieve.
Otherwise, Cisdem is a simple and elegant way to scan storage devices to find files which may appear to be lost. You may not need to use the app often, but if you manage and manipulate many files, you know the feeling when one gets trashed or deleted when it shouldn’t have. Cisdem fixes it and without a subscription fee.