Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery Review – This App Belongs in a Museum
Out of 5 Total Score
No. 7 Among all macOS solutions
Data recovery software applications that promise to recover lost files for free are in high demand and short supply, and Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery is one of them. But can it deliver the same results as paid alternatives? This review has the answer to this question.
Free. Lazesoft Data Recovery is completely free.
Scans non-mounted disks. Can scan disks that refuse to be mounted by the operating system.
Selective scanning. It’s possible to scan only a certain range of disk sectors.
Recovery during scanning. You don’t have to wait for scanning to finish to recover your data.
Recovery chances. Lazesoft Data Recovery estimates how likely can found files be recovered without corruption.
Save sectors to a file. The application lets you save a specific range of sectors to a file for backup purposes.
Outdated. The latest version of macOS Lazesoft Data Recovery is compatible with is macOS Mojave 10.14.
Three default signatures. In the default scan settings, only three search signatures are selected. The program does not mention this anywhere.
Limited to 50 MB per file by default. By default, the signature scanning feature of Lazesoft Data Recovery looks only for files that are smaller than 50 MB. This behavior can be changed in the settings.
Limited maximum file size. The software’s signature scanning feature can’t find files that are larger than 9,000 MB.
Settings are not saved. Lazesoft Data Recovery resets to default settings every time you close it.
Mandatory scan type selection. The program does not automatically select the appropriate scan type.
Outdated user interface. The user interface of Lazesoft Data Recovery is extremely outdated, and it looks completely out of place in even relatively old version of macOS.
Doesn’t scan internal storage devices. It’s impossible to use Lazesoft Data Recovery to scan internal storage devices.
Limited file system support. The software can recognize only a handful of file systems (FAT, HFS, NTFS).
Limited file previews. The program can only preview images, and newer image file formats are not supported.
Signature scan activation. In order to activate the search for all the signatures, you must manually select the "partition recovery" scan type.
Bad signature scanner. The signature scanner doesn’t support newer file formats.
Recovery performance. Lazesoft Data Recovery delivers poor data recovery results when scanning all file systems except for NTFS. In most cases, the original folder structure and file names are lost.
Abandoned. The program has not been updated since about 2015.
Source selection. Choosing which device you want to scan is unnecessarily difficult.
Slow browsing. Folders with more than 10,000 files take a long time to open.
No session management. Lazesoft Data Recovery lacks scan session management features.
Processing of bad sectors. The program doesn’t see bad sectors, so it can’t avoid them when scanning.
S.M.A.R.T. Doesn’t come with a disk health monitoring feature.
Additional features. Lazesoft Data Recovery doesn’t include any additional features that would increase its value.
No automatic scan resume. The program can’t automatically resume a scan of a storage device that has been disconnected.
Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery – Overview #
A cursory look at a screenshot of Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery should be enough to tell you that the data recovery application comes from a bygone era. Indeed, the last version was released in 2015, and Lazesoft hasn’t released a single update since then. As a result, the software no longer runs on the latest version of macOS, with macOS Mojave 10.14 being the last compatible version.
|Requirements||macOS 10.5-10.9, 10.10-10.14 (unofficial support)|
|Latest version||2.2 • Released 20th Sep, 2015|
|Download size||14.3 MB|
|Category||Data Recovery Software|
|Trial version available|
|No credit card to try|
The main reason why Lazesoft Data Recovery still gets plenty of attention despite being so outdated is its free price. Unlike many other data recovery software applications that claim to be free even though they are limited in all kinds of ways, Lazesoft Data Recovery can truly recover an unlimited amount of data free of charge.
Developer — Lazesoft
Lazesoft has been developing software since 2009, and the company is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Besides its data recovery application for Mac, Lazesofs offers the same application for Windows, and it also has several other software products, most of which belong in the data recovery category.
1% 33.3% than avg
Reflects the share of online traffic within the niche occupied by data recovery software, based on data taken from ahrefs.com (from Google US search engine).
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Based on the number of brand-related search queries on Google US according to ahrefs.com.
Despite being featured in a number of reputable publications, such as Cnet and ghacks, Lazesoft has a very small online market share, and its products require some digging to discover.
2009 • 13 years on the market
9625 West 76th Street, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
We respect that Lazesoft provides customer support both via email and phone. There are several much larger companies in the data recovery industry that don’t do that, and they definitely should. Lazesoft does have social media accounts, but it uses them mainly to announce updates.
Data Recovery with Lazesoft for macOS
Tested on: macOS 10.14.6 (18G9323)
A completely free data recovery software application like Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery can still be next to useless if it’s unable to deliver good results, and that’s exactly what our in-depth testing process is here to discover.
How We Test
Here at Pandora Data Recovery Review, we don't just "play" with the software we test for a while before we write down our impressions. Instead, we apply our comprehensive testing process to gather heaps of data that objectively reveal all strengths and weaknesses of the tested software.
|1||Installation||The best data recovery software can be installed quickly and easily. If the software requires special permissions, detailed instructions are provided to the user.|
|2||Source selection||The selection of the storage device you want to scan should be intuitive, and the same goes for the selection of the scanning method.|
|3||Scanning process||Since it can take a long time for scanning to finish, the software should keep the user informed from start to finish.|
|4||Managing found data||A capable data recovery software application can typically find many lost files, so it should provide scan results filters and other features that make it easier to go through them. For example, it's always useful when data recovery software can preview files before their recovery.|
|5||Recovery and post-processing||The software should make it easy to select a suitable recovery destination and stop the user from accidentally recovering data to the original storage device.|
As we perform these steps, we collect data and take notes, which we then present and summarize in our in-depth reviews, such as this one.
The installation of Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery is straightforward. First, we downloaded the application installer from the official website. Then we launched the installer and dragged the Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery app icon into the Applications folder. Done!
Unfortunately, we couldn't use the latest version of macOS because Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery doesn't run on anything newer than macOS Mojave 10.14. In fact, Mojave isn't even the last officially supported version of macOS—that would be Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks (released in 2013).
Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery has an outdated user interface that leaves a lot to be desired in terms of usability, and the source selection process is a great example of how the software can complicate something that should be simple.
Instead of simply selecting the storage device you want to scan and clicking a single button to start the scan process, you have to go through an entire scan wizard and make several important choices—none of which are explained as well as they should be. The worst issue by far is the fact that the application doesn't scan all supported file signatures by default, and you have to enable them manually before each scan.
During scanning, Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery displays a progress bar with information about the number of found files. You can even browse found files in real-time, so you don't have to wait for scanning to finish before you can start looking for your missing files.
You can stop scanning at any time, but you can't pause the scanning process to temporarily free up system resources. Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery also doesn't display the amount of time remaining for scanning to finish.
Managing found files
Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery organizes found files according to their path and type. You can then apply filters to further narrow down the results and sort them according to name, size, path, modified date, created date, and file state. That's right, the software is able to evaluate the state of recoverable files to determine the likelihood of their successful recovery.
The most popular image file formats, such as JPG, PNG, and GIF, can be previewed directly inside Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery, but other file formats can be viewed only in their hexadecimal form. Folders that contain a huge number of files take a while to load, but this issue is unlikely to affect many users.
Recovery and post-processing
To conclude our real-world recovery test, we clicked the Save Files button, selected a recovery destination, and waited a short while for Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery to recover selected files. A pop-up window appeared to confirm that all data were successfully recovered.
Again, the outdated user interface left a lot to be desired in terms of usability and convenience, but that's a price many users are willing to pay to recover their data without spending a single dollar.
Lazesoft for macOS – Tutorials and Other Videos
Would you like to see Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery in action and see how it compares against other data recovery software? Then watch the videos below!
Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery – Full Review
In this section of our Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery review, we share our data and explain what they mean to help you determine if this data recovery software application has what it takes to meet your needs.
Our karma rating is based on multiple criteria that collectively reflect how well a software developer is taking care of its data recovery application and the people who use it. Unfortunately, Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery has received a very low rating because the application is abandoned and doesn’t run on the newest Macs.
It’s almost surprising then that Lazesoft still provides customer support via phone. Hopefully, the company will update Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery in the future and make it possible for the users of newer Macs to recover lost data for free, but we wouldn’t get our hopes up.
More than 6 months
|4||Latest macOS supported|
No, needs more developer's attention
|5||Runs natively on M1 Macs|
Does not support
|6||Genuine or clone?|
|7||Brand name popularity|
|8||Online market share|
|10||Extensive knowledge base|
Can be used without limitations
|4||Is it free?|
|6||Unlimited recovery in full version|
The free version is completely unlimited
|8||Commercial rights in the cheapest license|
It’s clear that Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery has been designed with ease of use in mind. The only problem is that our usability expectations have increased massively since the last version of this data recovery application was released in 2015.
The user interface of Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery looks outdated, and it frequently contradicts our modern expectations of how a data recovery software application should behave. The resulting user experience is underwhelming to say the least.
|1||Modern user-friendly interface|
|4||Automatic implementation of multiple appropriate scanning methods without user interaction|
|5||Auto-resuming scans of failing drives|
|6||Auto-resuming backups of failing drives|
|7||Convenient source selection on start|
|8||Convenient file-by-file preview of recoverable items|
|9||Convenient thumbnail preview of recoverable items|
|10||Mount recoverable items as disk|
|12||Multiple view modes in scan results|
|13||Hex view for recoverable items|
|14||Filter recoverable items by type|
|15||Search recoverable items by file names|
The recovery performance of Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery is underwhelming, to say the least.
Unsurprisingly, this has a lot to do with the fact that the application hasn’t been updated in a long time, so it doesn’t support many modern file formats.
As if to make the situation even worse, Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery doesn’t look for all supported signatures by default—you need to enable them manually each time you perform a scan.
|1||Clever in-depth scan|
|In addition to being unnecessarily complicated to use, Clever in-depth scan mode fails to produce decent results.|
|Quick scan mode fails to deliver praiseworthy data recovery results.|
|3||Other types of scan|
|No other scan types are supported by Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery except for partition recovery.|
|The software can recover data only from external storage devices.|
|5||Real-life recovery challenge|
|Our real-life recovery challenges turned out to be too challenging for Lazesoft.|
|6||Other notable recovery features|
|Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery doesn't come with any other notable recovery features.|
The ability to restore original folder structure and file names Most consumer-oriented data recovery software applications can attempt to not only restore deleted files but also recover their original file names and folder structure. We call this type of functionality Clever scan
Unless you’re recovering lost data from an NTFS-formatted storage device, don’t expect the application to recover the original folder structure and file names. And if you need to recover data from an APFS, exFAT, or EXT4 partition, then you might as well use a different data recovery software tool.
Recovery of recently deleted files Every lost minute can significantly worsen the outcome of a data recovery attempt, and Quick scan certainly doesn’t waste your time because it’s designed to find as many recently deleted files as quickly as possible
Again, Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery can deliver decent results only when scanning NTFS partitions.
Other scan types
Advanced scan types for solving complicated data loss situations Basic data recovery algorithms aimed at recovering recently deleted data cover only a small subset of the data loss issues users experience every day. That’s why developers also implement all kinds of advanced scan types
|1||The number of formats supported by deep scan|
|2||Native deep scan of system drives on M1-powered Macs|
|3||Native deep scan of system drives on T2-encrypted Macs|
|4||Native data recovery from local Time Machine snapshots|
|5||Scan for lost partitions|
|6||HFS+ directory rebuild|
|7||Recovered files' labeling|
|8||Partial file recovery|
|9||Disk images: scan and recovery|
Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery can scan for lost partitions, but it often struggles to recover data from them.
Supported internal and external storage devices Ideally, data recovery software applications should be able to recover from internal and external hard drives, external USB flash drives, memory cards, smartphones, and other commonly used storage devices
|1||Internal and external HDD|
|2||Internal and external SSD|
|3||USB thumb drives / Classic iPods (non-iOS) / FireWire devices|
|9||Recovery from RAID1, 0, JBOD|
|10||Encrypted device support|
It seems that the developers of Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery focus exclusively on removable external storage devices, such as USB thumb drives and memory cards. Internal hard drives, mobile devices, and RAID arrays are not supported. Interestingly, the application can scan unmountable partitions.
Real-life recovery challenges
Results of real-life data recovery tests performed under controlled conditions It’s one thing to advertise support for hundreds of file formats, and it’s something else entirely to recover them in practice. Our tests reveal whether the data recovery software lives up to its promises
|1||Raw photo recovery|
|2||Video formats recovery|
|3||Document formats recovery|
Raw photo recovery
The ability to recover raw photo file formats used by digital cameras and mobile devices Most modern digital cameras and increasingly many mobile devices let their users capture raw image data in a variety of raw file formats, so having the ability to recover them can be extremely helpful
|1||3fr (Hasselblad 3F raw image)|
|2||arw (Sony alpha raw)|
|3||bmp (bitmap image file)|
|4||cr2 (Canon raw version 2)|
|5||cr3 (Canon raw version 3)|
|6||crw (Canon raw CIFF image file)|
|7||dcr (Kodak digital camera raw)|
|8||dng (digital negative lossless raw image)|
|9||CinemaDNG (Blackmagic, Penelope, Pocket)|
|10||erf (Epson raw file)|
|11||exr (high dynamic-range file format)|
|12||fff (Hasselblad raw image)|
|13||gpr (GoPro raw format)|
|14||heic (high efficiency image file format)|
|15||iiq (intelligent image quality raw Leaf, Phase One)|
|16||insp (panoramic image Insta360)|
|17||jp2 (bitmap image format JPEG 2000)|
|18||jpg (joint photographic experts group compressed image)|
|19||kdc (Kodak digital camera raw image)|
|20||mef (Mamiya raw image file)|
|21||mos (Leaf and Mamiya raw image file)|
|22||mpo (multi picture stereoscopic object file)|
|23||mrw (Konica Minolta raw image format)|
|24||nef (Nikon raw image file)|
|25||nrw (Nikon raw image file)|
|26||orf (Olympus raw format)|
|27||pef (Pentax raw image file)|
|28||raf (Fujifilm raw image file)|
|29||raw (native digital camera file)|
|30||rw2 (Panasonic LUMIX raw image file)|
|31||rwl (Leica raw image format)|
|32||sr2 (Sony raw 2 image file)|
|33||srf (Sony raw file)|
|34||srw (Samsung raw image file)|
|35||tiff (tag image file format)|
|36||x3f (Sigma camera raw picture file)|
|37||x3i (Sigma super fine detail picture file)|
Many raw file formats have become popular only in recent years, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery struggles greatly with them.
Video formats recovery
Video recovery performance measured against commonly used video formats Video file formats have evolved a lot during the last decade, and not all recovery software tools support modern formats used by the latest digital cameras, camcorders, and mobile devices
|1||360 (GoPRO 360 degree videos)|
|2||ari (ARRI professional digital video camera)|
|3||arx (ARRI professional digital video camera)|
|4||avi (GoPRO CineForm intermediate codec)|
|5||avi (MJPG, H.264, MSMPEG4 v2 codecs)|
|6||braw (Blackmagic raw video file)|
|7||insv (Insta360 panoramic AVC H.264 video file)|
|8||insv (Insta360 panoramic HEVC HVC1 video file)|
|9||mov (Apple ProRes 422 Proxy/LT/HQ)|
|10||mov (Apple ProRes 4444 Raw/HQ)|
|11||mov (advanced video coding H.264)|
|12||mov (CineForm HD codec)|
|13||mov (HEVC, HVC1 codecs)|
|14||mp4 (advanced video coding H.264)|
|15||mp4 (HEVC, HVC1, Apple ProRes codecs)|
|16||mxf (advanced video coding H.264)|
|17||mxf (DVCPRO HD codec)|
|18||mxf (ARRI raw, Apple ProRes codecs)|
|19||mxf (XDCAM HD422, HD35 MPEG2 codecs)|
|20||r3d (Red digital camera company raw video file)|
|21||wmv (pro raw 9 codec)|
Back when Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery was new, AVI was the dominant video file format, but it’s being slowly replaced by other formats, most notably MP4. These newer video file formats are not well supported by the software.
Document formats recovery
Determining how well the software recovers document file formats Documents are among the most commonly recovered file formats because their importance can be tremendous, especially when they're related to work or school. Because of how many document file formats exist these days, older and less developed data recovery software often struggle recovering and recognizing all of them
|1||accdb (Microsoft Access 2007+ database file)|
|2||djvu (compressed image format)|
|3||doc (Microsoft Word 97 – 2003 document file)|
|4||docx (Microsoft Word 2007+ document file)|
|5||fb2 (FictionBook 2.0 File)|
|6||key (Apple Keynote)|
|7||mdb (Microsoft Access 97 - 2003 database file)|
|8||numbers (Apple Numbers)|
|9||odp (OpenOffice presentation file format)|
|10||ods (OpenDocument spreadsheet file format)|
|11||odt (OpenDocument text document file format)|
|12||pages (Apple Pages)|
|13||pdf (portable document format)|
|14||ppt (Microsoft Powerpoint 97 - 2003 presentation file)|
|15||pptx (Microsoft Powerpoint 2007+ presentation file)|
|16||rtf (rich text format)|
|17||xls (Microsoft Excel 97 - 2003 spreadsheet file)|
|18||xlsx (Microsoft Excel 2007+ spreadsheet file)|
Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery doesn’t perform well when tasked with the recovery of document file formats. Even popular file formats like DOC, DOCX, and PDF give the software a lot of trouble.
Other notable recovery features
Additional recovery features and their performance These additional recovery features are what often separates average data recovery software solutions from those that can satisfy the needs of professionals and power users
|1||Overall non-intrusive read-only algorithms|
|3||Effectively filters out corrupted scan results|
|4||Byte-to-byte device backups|
|5||Bootable recovery drive creation|
|6||Runs in macOS native recovery mode|
|7||Convenient scan session management|
|8||Bad sector management|
|9||Recovery chance prediction|
|11||Disk vitals monitoring and tracking during scan|
|13||Links to in-lab recovery service for physically damaged devices|
|15||Scan free space only|
|16||Start file recovery without interrupting the scan|
|17||Preview recoverable items without interrupting the scan|
Not many additional recovery features are supported by Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery, and they don’t always work great. The best extra features are the ability to start file recovery without interrupting the scan and the option to preview recoverable files.
|1||Disk space mapping|
|2||Disk clean up|
|3||Corrupted video repair tool|
|4||Corrupted photo repair tool|
|5||Time Machine backups parser|
|7||Bootable macOS installer|
|9||Built-in disk space secure eraser|
|11||Disk surface test|
|12||Secure data shredding|
While it’s perfectly understandable that a free data recovery software application isn’t as feature-packed as its paid alternatives, it would be nice to see at least some additional features beyond those directly related to data recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to several frequently asked questions about Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery.
Lazesoft Data Recovery is a free data recovery software application that promises to recover lost data from the HFS/HFS+, FAT, FAT32, NTFS, and EXFAT file systems.
Yes, Lazesoft Data Recovery works on Mac computers, but it doesn’t support the latest version of Apple’s operating system. macOS Mojave 10.14 is the newest supported version.
To use Lazesoft Data Recovery on your Mac, you need to:
- Download it from its official website.
- Open the downloaded installer and move the application into the Applications folder.
- Launch Lazesoft Data Recovery and scan the storage device you want to recover.
- Select files for recovery.
- Recover the selected files to a safe destination.
Yes, Lazesoft Data Recovery is completely free, so you can use it to recover an unlimited amount of data without paying.
Yes, Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery is developed by a reputable company and doesn’t contain any malware.