We have already covered the FREE edition of Stellar Data Recovery for Windows based systems. Today we will also examine how the software performs under macOS and what the overall experience is like. If you have not read our Stellar Data Recovery Windows Edition review, this software will recover up to 1 GB of data from internal / external storage devices accidentally deleted from formatted volumes as well. In addition, it can recover photo or repair files that may be corrupted, but this feature is only available with the Premium version.
First, let’s take a look at the main features of the software:
Free data recovery from empty recycle bin
Even if you accidentally emptied the recycle bin or permanently deleted a file; the Stellar Data Recovery Free Edition software easily retrieves deleted files taken from recycle bin. However, in order to recover the maximum number of deleted files, you should stop using your Mac immediately after the file is deleted.
Recovery from formatted partitions
The Mac data recovery software can scan lost, deleted and even erased partitions on external hard drive or Macintosh HD. Stellar searches the data on the partition using file signatures, enhancing file recovery from troubled Mac partition.
Recovery from USB drive
Fortunately, Stellar Data Recovery Free Edition supports APFS, HFS, HFS +, FAT, ex-FAT and NTFS file systems hence any USB drive that has undergone data loss can be easily recovered. Just connect your USB drive to the Mac and start performing data recovery with Stellar.
Preview files to ensure before final saving
The free data recovery application provides a full preview of all files that can be recovered. This is a breakthrough feature as it determines whether or not you need to upgrade your software to a professional version.
Users can find the different versions (Free / Standard / Professional / Premium / Engineer) here for more detailed information. The paid versions start from $ 79.99 (Professional) to $ 149 (Engineer).
The FREE version of Stellar Data Recovery supports macOS Big Sur 11, Catalina 10.15, Mojave 10.14, 10.13, 10.12 and 10.11 with only Intel compatible processors (x86, x64) and requires a minimum of 4 GB of memory (8 GB recommended) .
Note: You can recover up to 1 GB of data using the Stellar Data Recovery Free edition. The maximum size of individual files recovered with the tool can be up to 25MB.
To start, let’s search for Stellar Data Recover in Safari search box, you can find the software website easily.
Go to the Stellar Data Recovery website and select it Free Mac data recovery software
Hit the free download button and after a while you will get the software in your Downloads folder. You need to extract the .dmg file from the .zip file to install it.
There will be a warning, don’t worry, press open
You must accept the license agreement
After the installation process, you need to run the software. On the first screen, you will get a very easy to understand GUI that asks you to select what types of data you need to recover (documents / emails / video / audio / photos / everything)
The settings contain several options for users:
You can specify certain file types that you only want to recover (or not)
or just add new file types that Stellar Data Recovery may not have in its database
In our case, we used an external USB reader with an SDXC card
We selected the Drive1 with Deep Scan enabled
And since the SDXC card was 256 GB, we waited a while to get things done.
After 35 minutes, the scan was complete and we were able to recover a lot of data from our freshly formatted (and rewritten) SDXC card.
You can select the Classic List / File List or Deleted List files on the left and you can view all files on the right. If you press on a file, you can select it and right click to restore the file to your local hard drive.