FileSalvage is a data recovery tool to recover deleted files



Use FileSalvage to recover your deleted files, music libraries, iPhoto collections, and to rescue data that has been lost. FileSalvage is device and file system independent, letting you recover files from Mac hard drives, USB keys, PC disks, Linux disks, FAT32 disks, FLASH cards, digital cameras, and nearly any other media or file system that can be recognized on a Mac.

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Product Description

Use FileSalvage’s powerful data recovery features to find and recover deleted files from any drive or volume a Macintosh can access. FileSalvage is designed to recover files that have:

  • been accidentally deleted.
  • become unreadable due to media faults.
  • been stored on a drive before it was re-initialized/formatted.

Use FileSalvage to recover your lost data, music libraries, photo collections, and to rescue data that has been lost.

Updated to support macOS Sierra (supports Mac OS X 10.7 and higher).

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Upgrades To FileSalvage Version 9

Users who have purchased prior versions can upgrade FileSalvage here.

FileSalvage for recovering deleted files

FileSalvage is device and file system independent, which means that the user can recover files from a normal Mac OS hard drive, USB key, PC disk, Linux disk, FAT32 disk, FLASH card, Digital Camera, iPod (non-iOS based), and almost any other media or file system that can be recognized in Mac OS X.

Quick Tip: Chance of Recovery
FileSalvage cannot recover deleted files that have been overwritten by new data. Having said this, due to the way in which data is distributed across file systems when being copied, there is often a decent chance that recently deleted files have not yet been overwritten, though there are no guarantees. FileSalvage is designed to recover files not repair them.

FileSalvage can currently recover over 100 file types, embedded and stand-alone (see Recovery File Types List). It will recover both computer files and RAW camera files, as it works on digital camera memory cards. In addition, FileSalvage is constantly being enhanced and updated with an increasing number of file types to salvage.

FileSalvage also supports the ability to process disk images. This means that defense attorneys, law enforcement and corporate agencies can now access Unix DD, Apple DMG, and CopyCatX image file systems without purchasing expensive computer forensics software.

With its advanced features and performance, the easy-to-use interface was designed with every level of OS X user in mind and is highly accessible to all, with the potential completion of the whole recovery process within just a few clicks.

FileSalvage Features

Written specifically for Mac OS X, FileSalvage includes powerful features that give the user greater control and flexibility in analyzing and retrieving lost data:

Works anywhere – FileSalvage is device and file system independent. This means that the user can recover files from a hard drive, digital camera, USB key, PC disk, FLASH card, scratched CD, and most storage media that work with the Mac.

Recovers files after a disk or device has been formatted – Own an initialized disk or other device with files that you want back? No problem! So long as the drive was not securely initialized, FileSalvage should be able to recover the files from the drive.

Quick Tip: Secure Erase
FileSalvage will not be able to recover data that has been securely erased from a device or media, a process that involves overwriting the drive’s data several times. Most operating systems only perform a “quick format” by default. So unless the user consciously performed a secure initialization, the chances of recovery are high.

Recovers files from corrupt media – Data corruption does not stop FileSalvage from working. In fact it will happily process an entire corrupted file system for intact data and recover whole or partial files wherever it finds them.

FileSalvage works on faulty hardware – FileSalvage can also recover data from mechanically unsound devices. In addition to several tried and tested methods, SubRosaSoft has implemented additional improvements to read the same piece of information and to automatically skip of areas of the file system that are fully unreadable. By employing these methods, FileSalvage is able to recover data from sources that may have appeared to other software to be too physically broken to use.

Searches for deleted files only – On HFS+ volumes, the user can limit FileSalvage to scan only the free space of a volume to recover files from. This produces huge speed efficiency and means that the task of recovering files can be accomplished much quicker.

Preview – Allows the user to preview a range of available files before choosing to recover them. Using the underlying architecture of Mac OS X, FileSalvage can read and display audio, video, image, text, pdf, and other files.

Recover images – FileSalvage can analyze and recover files from most third party tool disk images such as standard ISO, EnCase® (when converted to dd image), UNIX dd, Drive Genius™, SubRosaSoft CopyCatX™, and SubRosaSoft MacForensicsLab™.

Simple interface – FileSalvage has a clean and simple user interface that makes it accessible and very easy to use, whether you are a beginner or an advanced user.

Data Recovery File Types List

The following is a list of file formats that can be recovered using SubRosaSoft’s FileSalvage version 9:

  • 3DS 3D file (Bryce 3D Strata 3D Cheetah3D etc)
  • 3GPP video file
  • 3GPP2 video file
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InCopy
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Lightbox
  • Adobe LiveMotion
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe RAW DMG
  • AIFF sound
  • Ami Pro Lotus Word Processing
  • Apple AddressBook & Backup Files
  • Apple Compressor
  • Apple GarageBand AIF Sound Files
  • Apple GarageBand Project Files
  • Apple iDVD
  • Apple iMovie projects
  • Apple Keynote Presentation
  • Apple Logic Express and Logic Pro Audio Files
  • Apple Logic Express and Logic Pro Project Files
  • Apple Pages
  • AppleScript
  • AppleWorks Document
  • ArcView Design Drawing
  • ASF movie
  • Automator Workflow
  • AVI (Audio Video Interleaved) movie
  • binhex archive
  • BMP image
  • Bryce 3D
  • bz2 compressed tar
  • C Source code
  • Canon CR2
  • Canon CRW
  • Canvas X
  • Capture One IIQ
  • Cheetah3D
  • Cinema4D
  • Digital Video & iMovie Movies
  • DreamWeaver Actionscript
  • EazyDraw
  • EPS (Encapsulated PostScript)
  • FileMaker 5 Database
  • FileMaker 7 & 8 Database
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Final Draft
  • Finale
  • Flash fla
  • Flash swf
  • Fuji RAF
  • GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)
  • GIMP (Graphics)
  • Google Earth KMZ files
  • gzip archive
  • HTML
  • iCal Events
  • JMP statistics software
  • JPEG
  • Keychain File
  • Kodak
  • Leica DMG
  • Leica RWL
  • Lossless Audio FLAC
  • M4A (iTunes music)
  • M4P (iTunes encrypted music)
  • m4v video
  • MacroMedia Director
  • MacroMedia Freehand
  • Mail ( received email)
  • Mail ( sent email)
  • Mail (mbox standard mailbox file)
  • Mathematica
  • Maya 3D
  • Microsoft Excel Documents
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Documents
  • Microsoft Word Documents
  • MIDI sound
  • MKS
  • MP3
  • mp4 video
  • mpeg media
  • Minolta Dimage MRW
  • Multi-Ad Creator Pro
  • MTS
  • Nikon NEF
  • Ogg Vorbis
  • Olympus ORF
  • Olympus Audio DS2
  • OpenDocument Spreadsheet ( & others)
  • OpenDocument Text ( & others)
  • PageMaker
  • Painter
  • Panasonic RW2
  • Pentax DNG
  • PDF
  • PNG (Portable Network Graphics)
  • Poser
  • PowerCADD
  • Quark Xpress
  • QuickBooks
  • QuickTime Image
  • QuickTime Media
  • RagTime
  • RAR archive
  • Raw Text (plain)
  • RealBasic
  • RealMedia
  • Reason (.rps)
  • RMVB
  • RTF (Rich Text Format) text
  • Safari Bookmarks
  • Stuffit SIT
  • Stuffit SITX
  • Targa image
  • TIFF (Tagged Image File Format)
  • Tiny Book
  • TurboTax
  • VectorWorks
  • WAV sound
  • WEBM
  • WMA audio
  • WMV video
  • WouldjaDraw

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29 reviews for FileSalvage

  1. :

    Thank you so much for all the help.

    I am almost through scanning an external hard drive in OS X that was reformatted. I accidentally deleted a folder of files prior to doing the reformat. The files are being recovered!!

    This is a great product. I work in design/graphics/photo imaging. I’m going to recommend this to all of the students in my class and to all of my industry partners. I’ll try to find some software review sites to post my comments as well.

    Best regards and many thanks!

  2. :

    FileSalvage is fantastic! A compact flash card containing hundreds of pictures was accidently erased and I was desperate to find a way to reclaim the images. A web-search led me to your product. I downloaded it and, without even bothering to read any directions, launched, searched and retrieved every single image in a matter of minutes. In less than half an hour I’d deleted my photos, found your product, downloaded and utilized it, and was back to work. With this type of ease of recovery, I’m likely to not even learn from my mistake of erasing in the first place! I was also impressed that the software was fully compatible with Apple’s newest OS- I was initially concerned that I may be “between versions” since Tiger was recently released, but there were no problems. Intuitive, quick and effective- perfect product for the job.

  3. :

    On July 14, I suffered a major primary hard drive failure. This
    happened immediately before my next daily backup and I stood to lose
    some 400 photographs and several other critical files created the day
    before. To add salt to my wounds, when able to briefly access the
    ailing disk, I discovered it had also been over-written in error by
    one of my own back-up programs! How this could have occurred I will
    never know!

    Not unnaturally, I assumed I stood zero chance of data recovery and a
    trial of a few shareware utilities did nothing but reinforce that
    view. Then I found FileSalvage and was able to recover every
    important missing file in one simple scan. Fantastic!

    I would like to express my sincere thanks to SubRosa for such an
    excellent piece of software and for saving the day for me!

    Apple engineers replaced my failed primary drive today, however it
    was not until they had gone that I realised my e-mail program had
    still been writing to the failed drive. As a result I have lost my
    most recent e-mails, including the serial number you kindly sent me
    on July 19. Could you possibly send my registration information again?

    My thanks in advance,

  4. :

    I got distracted yesterday while doing a re-install of a machine. I was supposed to save the files on the desktop. By the time I’d realized the error, the drive was already running a ‘verify’ of the new installation. I tried the demo and could see the files and knew the info was good. But, I decided to purchase a competitor’s product… It didn’t cut it. I purchased the full version of FileSalvage and VIOLA! I just recovered almost 6 gigs of info… pictures, music, and documents.
    !! Excellent !!

  5. :

    I received your message and i’d like to thank you all of SubRosaSoft for this application.

    You can’t imagine how much I appreciate that!

    I’ve restored every file and document erased a couple of days ago by a bad system backup and my 2 months project is now safe!

    Stefano Giambellini

  6. :

    I can’t believe how fantastic the FileSalvage program worked!

    I thought I’d lost all my photos, but I recovered 95%+ of them. I feel like a complete Wally, as I lost the photos in the process of backing up onto my new external hardrive. I re-partitioned the drive on my Powerbook, thinking that I’d backed-up on to the external, when I found only empty folders (I didn’t verify).

    So I had to recover from the re-partitioned drive.

    I think the trick is once you’ve discovered the mistake, don’t interact with the computer until you’re ready to do the recovery.

    Thanks for the great software.

  7. :


    I would like to share my initial thoughts with you on first usage of File Salvage.

    I plugged my La Cie external disk into my computer through my friend’s Seagate (very plastic cased) external drive to copy about 25 GB from the Seagate to mine. The connection was firewire 400.

    After the transfer I tried to ‘eject’ the Seagate, then my La Cie – well – the partition on my La Cie that received the transfered files somehow lost its address data – in other words, that partition suddenly didn’t exist. I’d lost about 60GB of very important info.

    I quickly bought Disk Warrior, which didn’t do a thing – then I bought Tech Tool Pro 4 (in the same day!) and nothing still. This was becoming expensive. I had almost given up when I remembered that I had bought File Utilities from your company one or two years ago. I went to your website and downloaded trial versions of FileSalvage and VolumeWorks to see if either could help.

    FileSalvage immediately recovered almost half of the data – albeit without the original name of the files but who’s complaining? I returned to your website and bought the full version and have run it twice and recovered over 8000 files.

    Thanks for rescuing me from the depths of despair! It’ll take a while to rename and sort out most of those files but they do exist now.

    Many many thanks and best wishes,

    Johnny Keggler for FileSalvage

  8. :

    I downloaded your software today and was able to recover all my accidently deleted files. Every photo came back, plus about 20,000 files I forgot I deleted. I cannot thank your staff enough. Awesome Product, well worth the money !

    In my case, even more.

    Thanks so much for making this available.

  9. :

    Well, what can I say, Thankyou very much indeed I have just retrieved
    9000 files and all the web says was that it cant be done, zi just got
    back from Macworld I hope you have a stand there!!!
    You are my new heros!!!

  10. :

    It’s been a long time since I had to use file recovery software, the last was somewhere back in OS 9 days. Being a well seasoned user user I’m not supposed to make dumb mistakes, like the one yesterday when I got triggered happy clipping along at break neck pace and with one key tap too many erased 3 days of programming in Xcode. And I also hadn’t backed up for 3 days, dumb move number 2. I just sat and stared at the screen, knowing the drill, don’t do anything else, don’t even think at this point.

    Since Norton is bygone days, I had to spend a couple hours road testing what’s out there. I’m pleased to say that SubRosaSoft’s FileSalvage is the only trial app that worked. The others were questionable, if not even accessible for demos, and one was a port from some other world that said my drive was destroyed (they got a nasty email for lying).

    When I saw the critical file types and could even look at my code, I knew I had the right tool. Very impressive, thanks very much for providing what customers need before they leap into the unkown.

  11. :

    Software is peachy! All files recovverred completely intact – have recommmended yr stuff to other stupid people who I like to call friends who have mangled their docuuments Thank you.

  12. :

    I accidentally trashed my entire music collection (over 1000 cds). FileSalvage found and rescued almost all of them in one quick operation. It took about three hours, so it was well worth it.

  13. :

    Okay, thanks for the magic!

    More than a year ago, my wife had typed an 11-page family history onto my 12-year-old son’s laptop computer. Over the course of a year, he had changed user permissions, updated the system, added and subtracted files, programs, documents, etc. and the file had disappeared. We tried everything to retrieve the file, including other retrieval software, the technicians at the Apple Genius Bar, and my brother, a computer security specialist. Everyone told us that at this late date, the file was beyond recovery. And that’s where it stood until I saw your ad in MacAddict. I bought OfficeSalvage last night and tried it this morning. Your software found ALL 11 PAGES, intact! My wife’s birthday is next week, and this will undoubtably be the best present we will give her. Thanks again.

  14. :

    Great Software. Recovered files from a drive I thought was long dead and gone.

  15. :

    I am very impressed. I thought I was sunk, but all is well right with the digital world. Your software might have been the best $40.00 investment I have made yet.

    A popular data recovery website wanted to charge $150.00, as a one-time fee, to recover my lost photos. I am very glad that I continued to search for a better solution. Now I can do my own recoveries, at least for the foreseeable future.

    Outstanding interface, and super fast support too.

  16. :

    I want to thank you guys hugely both for creating an application like FileSalvage and for the support that you gave me earlier this week. I managed to retrieve the lost files, along with a huge amount of other stuff that was interesting!

    I do not know how much time you saved me and I do know that some of the files not be re-created. The moral of the story is BACKUP but for those of us who don’t do it until too late – thank you for creating FileSalvage!

  17. :

    My computer decided, once we were pages away from finishing a 100-page screenplay that was due in three days, to dispose of the only file in the world I cared about. I consulted AppleCare and all the computer people I know. The script was gone and I was sweating in that bad way. As a last resort, the AppleCare guy recommended I try FileSalvage, but could make no promises. I read all the reviews I could find, as 80 bucks seemed like a gamble on a program no one could truly vouch for. But, we made the leap of faith and FileSalvage found over 600 Final Draft documents. It was a task sifting through 600 files to find 10, but I’ve never so willingly sifted. I think we may have lost around 5% of the original file, but that remaining 95% never looked so good. Throughout the recovery process, I had questions and Mark at SRS Support was helpful every step of the way, responding to my emails long after normal business hours. I couldn’t say if the program will work as well for everyone’s file losses, but it sure did save us. Good luck.

  18. :

    RE: FileSalvage 5.

    Wow! This software’s ‘undelete’ feature really works!
    During a backup of a critical time sensitive document (that we’d been working on for 2 years) it did not backup because the document was up and being worked on when the scheduled backup took place (meaning the actively being worked on document won’t back up). Before the next scheduled backup the employee working on the document deleted (trashed) it. After doing a thorough search of the web on reviews of document recovery software, yours appeared to be the most dependable, especially concerning undeleting of trashed documents. Purchased the software and that evening did the undelete command and the next morning went into the renamed saved files and viola! There it was, a complete, unaltered and current document that loaded up on the first try. Very impressive, especially since this was a very complicated multi megabyte Freehand MX Master Page document (containing 60 pages). Thank you so much for an excellent and very easy to use software program. The $100 I paid for this software saved me thousands of dollars in actual wages and resources and salvaged an important shipping deadline for two multi thousands of dollars product orders and meeting the schedule for getting label samples to a new distributor taking on our products next month.

  19. :

    I have been meaning to drop you a line but never seem to find the time. Your recent email has prompted me. I purchased your software, File Salvage, after I had already spent over $200.00 on applications to find lost pic’s from other software vendors. Let me tell you……..FILE SALVAGE is FANTASTIC !!! It worked and it worked flawlessly. I can’t begin to tell you how great this program really is. It was and is a joy to use. The photo’s that were recovered with your software were of great value to me. None of the other three app’s even came close to the performance of File Salvage. I thank you for a fine job.

  20. :

    My good friend was visiting from Chicago and we’d spent the entire day shooting in Muir Woods and the Marin Headlands. We’d gotten some spectacular shots of the redwoods, the San Francisco Bay, and the city skyline. Unfortunately, my Mac or my card reader decided to be crabby that day — nothing could read the files, not even the Finder (-36 error). I put the card back into my d200 and now IT couldn’t read them either (“Card is Empty”)! I tried the Disk Utility program and after it “fixed” my volume, the files were still unreadable and now they were all zero k instead of 15MB! i gave up in frustration and formatted the card with my d200 and just resigned myself to shoot again another day.

    i’d shot another 20 or so images onto my card when a buddy in Aperture QA told me that i could likely still recover some of my lost files. I didn’t really believe him, but i thought i’d try anyway… I bought CameraSalvage online, downloaded it, and about 20 minutes later i opened the Salvaged Photos folder and staring back at me were all my lost shots — even after DiskUtility mangled my card, even after i’d formatted it, and even after i’d begun shooting “over the top” of them. I was beside myself. Not only had I “gotten back” a lost day of shooting and car rental, I’d gotten back my memories of a great day with an old friend. You guys rock!

  21. :

    to the computer scientists….

    your software saved my ass today…
    i am a happy guy…
    keep up the good work!

  22. :

    Thank you for saving us hundreds of pounds!

    One of our team had accidentally over-written a 180 page, multi-layout, Quark document with a single layout Quark collected document (fellow Quark users will know how easy that is to do!) To re-artwork the job would have taken us days and lost us all the profit in the job!

    Thank you so so much!

  23. :

    Many many thanks : This is just fantastic : Your soft recovered about 80% of the content even for the large movies !!! Much much better than any other soft on the market (including –deleted–).
    It was definitively worth the purchase.

  24. :

    I want to thank you again for all your emails to me attempting to salvage my files.

    I HAVE VERY GOOD NEWS. I discovered today that my files were indeed salvaged by your program.

    It was however only by chance that I discovered them. All of them had been stripped of their titles and given a number and placed in an Appleworks Document folder. I spent a few happy hours renaming them.

    That also allows me to reclaim my auxiliary disk drive by initializing it now.


  25. :

    Thanks! I was able to retrieve files accidentally deleted. You saved my day. Thanks again!!

  26. :

    I can’t tell you how relieved I am that I could recover some priceless images of my family from a memory card. What a product!

    Thank you so much!

  27. :

    Dear SubRosaSoft!


    I want to marry you!

    I bought and downloaded your CameraSalvage software for $39.95 and recovered 330 photos and 13 movies from my SanDisk that I had accidently and foolishly ‘formatted’.

    I did this … after a very knowledgeable Lab in CO told me the disk was not salvageable!! If it was salvageable, their rates ranged from $75-150.

    I took a chance and downloaded your software.

    Following clear-cut directions I was able to retrieve EVERYTHING in original condition.

    I’m still in shock.

    THANK YOU so much for producing such a great product and for providing it at a reasonable price!

    I will certainly sing your praises to anyone and everyone who will listen!!!!!

    Thanks again,
    Jaika Klein

  28. :

    After a simultaneous Computer and back-up drive failure I was prepared to say good-bye to my music collection. Thank you, File Salvage. 42,000 files recovered and another utility restored the file names to their id3 tags!

  29. (verified owner):

    Congrats!!! It works pretty well!!!

    Thanks again for your patience, indeed it is quite difficult to find such software for my old mac, and at some point it becomes like obsession😂😂 even though the restored info doesnt cost an egg…) well you know how it works

    Kind regards & have a great day,

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