R-Studio for Mac Review – Powerful Features in an Intimidating Package

2.84

Out of 5 Total Score

No. 3 Among all macOS solutions

Price range $79.99...$899 • R-Tools Technology Inc. • macOS

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R-Studio for Mac offers a wide range of features aimed at data recovery professionals. The same features, however, make it somewhat inaccessible to casual users. But what about advanced Mac users who are not data recovery professionals but, at the same time, are not afraid of reading documentation and spending some time figuring things out? For such users, R-Studio for Mac is an interesting option for the reasons we discuss in greater detail in this review. 

Karma 62% - Karma

62%

Karma
Bang for the buck 76% - Bang for the buck

76%

Bang for the buck
Recovery performance 60% - Recovery performance

60%

Recovery performance
Usability 63% - Usability

63%

Usability
Extras 9% - Extras

9%

Extras

Top Pros

  • Runs even on old Macs. R-Studio is compatible even with Mac OS X Tiger, which was released back in 2005.

  • Extensive file system support. You can recover many different file systems.

  • RAID reconstruction module. The program can automatically reconstruct broken RAID arrays, and it supports many different RAID modes.

  • Good scanning performance. Usually, R-Studio can restore the file structure across all supported file systems.

  • Network recovery. You can remotely recover data from a computer connected to the same network.

  • Compressed byte-to-byte backup creation. With R-Studio, you can create both regular and compressed byte-to-byte backups.

  • Emergency version. There’s a special version of R-Studio that can run from a flash drive or CD. This version is useful when recovering data from computers that refuse to boot from the system drive.

  • Recovery chances estimations. The software can display how likely a file can be successfully recovered.

  • Support for legacy storage devices. Various legacy storage devices, such as CDs, DVDs, floppy disks, and ZIP drives are supported.

  • Cross-platform software. R-Studio runs on all major platforms (Windows, macOS, and Linux), and the software provides the same user experience across the board.

  • Professional features. One reason why R-Studio is loved by data recovery professionals is the fact that it supports external devices such as DeepSpar Disk Imager or USB Stabilizer, which make it easier to recover data from problematic storage devices.

  • Custom file signatures. You can add your own custom file signatures to recover file formats that are recovered by default.

  • Forensic mode. R-Studio comes with the so-called forensic mode, which can be enabled to generate forensic data collection audit logs containing detailed information about scanned files and the hardware configuration of the computer in question.

  • Scanning speed. The software boasts an industry-leading scanning speed, allowing it to deliver results quickly even when recovering data from large storage devices.

Top Cons

  • Limited previews. Only a few file formats can be previewed. Raw photos, for example, are not supported at all.

  • Complicated. R-Studio is designed with data recovery professionals in mind, and casual users may find it to be too complicated.

  • Unintuitive scanning process. After the disk is scanned and you try to open scan results, a new scanning process opens, and that can take a very long time.

  • Very complex scan results. When the scan is complete, the program interface shows a bunch of found partitions, and it’s not clear.

  • S.M.A.R.T. The program can’t display S.M.A.R.T. data of many modern NVMe and external drives.

  • Scanning of system disks on T2 and M1 Macs. The program can’t scan system disks on T2 and M1 Macs.

  • Signature scanner. Signature scanner doesn’t support many modern audio/video/photo formats.

  • Selecting a source to scan. The source selection window is so overloaded that choosing the right drive to scan is a real hassle.

  • No automatic scan resume. R-Studio doesn’t automatically resume interrupted scans.

  • No built-in preview window. To preview individual files, you have to click the preview button every time because there’s no built-in preview window that would automatically display selected files.

  • Can’t browse scan results in real-time. While scanning, the program doesn’t allow you to see the results and navigate and preview them.

  • Scan results. Scan results are not displayed in an intuitive manner, and it can take a lot of time to find what you’re looking for.

  • Working with bad sectors. The program can recognize that it takes too long to read from the disk, but it doesn’t remember the sectors where it happened, and it also doesn’t allow you to build a map of bad sectors yourself.

  • Session management. R-Studio doesn’t come with a scan session manager.

  • Slow previews. The preview feature is very slow.

  • Video and photo repair. You can’t repair corrupted photo and video file formats.

  • Recovery during a scan. You have to wait for scanning to finish in order to recover your files.

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R-Studio for Mac – Overview

 #

R-Studio for Mac has the misfortune of sharing its name with a company that provides open source and enterprise-ready professional software for data science, which currently occupies the first spot in Google when you search “r-studio.”

But if you make some effort to find the official website of the data recovery software and learn what it has to offer, you’re guaranteed to be rewarded with great data recovery results—more about them later in this review. For now, let’s take a look at some good-to-know facts about R-Studio for Mac.

Factsheet

RequirementsmacOS 10.5-12.0
Latest version 7.0.7009 • Released 30th Mar, 2022
Download size117.95 MB
CategoryData Recovery Software
UI languagesEnglish, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Portuguese, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Japanese

Sibling version

R-Studio For Windows

3.08

This data recovery software offers a broad range of features to meet the needs of demanding data recovery professionals. Read full review

No. 2 Among all Windows solutions

Pricing

Distributed as
  • Freemium Some features are provided free of charge, but money is required to unlock the rest
Trial version available
Trial version limitations
  • With trial version you can:

    • Recover files smaller than 256KB
    • Preview recoverable files
Paid plans
  • R-Studio for Mac
  • R-Studio Corporate for Mac
  • R-Studio Technician
  • R-Studio T80+ for Mac
Price range
  • $79.99...$899.00
License model
  • Subscription + Lifetime
No credit card to try
Money back guarantee

Buying an R-Studio for Mac license can be a confusing experience because there are multiple options available, and they range from $79.99 all the way up to $899.00. In reality, having multiple licenses to choose from is a great thing because you can pick the one that meets your needs the best and avoid paying money for features you don’t need. 

As the pricing details below explain, the cheapest R-Studio for Mac license is the best choice for most home users because it includes all essential features as well as several more advanced features that many competing software solutions don’t offer, such as RAID recovery. 

Businesses and data recovery professionals should go with R-Studio Corporate or R-Studio Technician depending on whether they want to use the software for commercial purposes. Both of these versions include the ability to recover data over network.

There’s also R-Studio T80+, which is essentially a time-limited version of R-Studio Technician that costs just $80. You can use this version for 80 days, which means that individuals and businesses can gain access to the most powerful features this data recovery software product has to offer for just $1 a day.

Pricing details

1Price $79.99
2Details
  • Permanent License
  • NTFS/ReFS
  • FAT/exFAT
  • Ext2/Ext3/Ext4/ ISO9660
  • HFS+/APFS/ HFS/UFS
  • RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, 6, 10, 1E, 5E, 5EE, 6EE, 50, 60, 50E, etc
  • Auto RAID parameter detection
  • Windows dynamic volumes (RAIDs), Storage Spaces, Apple software RAIDs, Fusion Drive, LVM, mdadm
  • VMware (VMDK) Support
  • Hex Viewer
  • SMART Monitoring
1Price $179.99
2Details

Everything in R-Studio for Mac plus:

  • Recovery over network
1Price $899.00
2Details

Everything in R-Studio Corporate for Mac plus:

  • Transferability
  • Commercial Use
  • Serving Third-Party Devices
  • Forensic Mode
  • UStar/Tar/ CPIO/Pax
  • Reverse RAIDs
  • VMDK Image Creation
  • Hex Editor
  • Recovery over Internet
  • Portable Version
  • Multi-Pass Disk Imaging
  • Runtime imaging
  • Sector Map
  • Drive Copy Wizard
  • Virtual Object (RAID, custom regions) Mounting
  • Symbolic Links Management
  • Data Recovery Hardware Support
  • DataRecovery Hardware Included
1Price $80.00
2Details
  • Can be used for an 80 days
  • Transferability
  • Commercial Use
  • Serving Third-Party Devices
  • Forensic Mode
  • NTFS/ReFS
  • FAT/exFAT
  • Ext2/Ext3/Ext4/ ISO9660
  • HFS+/APFS/ HFS/UFS
  • UStar/Tar/ CPIO/Pax
  • RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, 6, 10, 1E, 5E, 5EE, 6EE, 50, 60, 50E, etc
  • Auto RAID parameter detection
  • Reverse RAIDs
  • Windows dynamic volumes (RAIDs), Storage Spaces, Apple software RAIDs, Fusion Drive, LVM, mdadm
  • VMware (VMDK) Support
  • VMDK Image Creation
  • Hex Viewer
  • Hex Editor
  • SMART Monitoring
  • Recovery over network
  • Recovery over Internet
  • Portable Version
  • Multi-Pass Disk Imaging
  • Runtime imaging
  • Sector Map
  • Drive Copy Wizard
  • Virtual Object (RAID, custom regions) Mounting
  • Symbolic Links Management
  • Data Recovery Hardware Support

Developer — R-Tools Technology Inc.

R-Studio is developed by R-Tools Technology, a reputable Canadian software company that was founded more than two decades ago. 

1% 46.7% than avg

Online market share

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).

100 89% than avg

Brand name popularity

Based on the number of brand-related search queries on Google US according to ahrefs.com.

Despite being around for a long time, R-Tools Technology hasn’t really turned R-Studio into a popular brand. That’s largely because the software has limited mass appeal, but it’s also because R-Tools Technology doesn’t focus on marketing nearly as much as some of its competitors. 

Developer website r-studio.com
Support email joanna@r-tt.com
Founded

2000 • 22 years on the market

HQ location

10520 Yonge Street, Unit 35B, Suite 232 Richmond Hill, ON, L4C 3C7, CANADA

Phone

1-888-978-8266

Social media

Even though R-Tools Technology clearly doesn’t play the marketing game nearly as well as some other companies in the same space, it does have a decent social media presence, and you can also get in touch with its employees over the phone or via email. 

Data Recovery with R-Studio for Mac

Tested on: macOS 12.4 (21F79)

As we’ve already mentioned, R-Studio for Mac is aimed at professionals, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that recovering data with it isn’t a one-click process. 

How We Test

We at Pandora Data Recovery Review take pride in our comprehensive data recovery software testing methodology, which allows us to produce repeatable test results that can be used for comparison purposes.

#StepDescription
1InstallationOur tests always start with the installation of the software in question. A complicated or broken installation process is guaranteed to make users run away and look for alternatives.
2Source selectionSelecting the storage device you want to scan should be straightforward, but it sometimes isn't. What's more, not all data recovery software applications support the same file systems.
3Scanning processThis is where data recovery software solutions for professionals and casual users differ the most, with the former kind typically providing plenty of customization options.
4Managing found dataThe best data recovery software applications make it easy to manage found data thanks to their ability to preview recoverable files and filter them according to a variety of different criteria.
5Recovery and post-processingYour recovery chances can take a nosedive if you select the wrong recovery destination. A good data recovery software application should help you pick a suitable one.

Now that you understand our data recovery software testing methodology, it’s time for us to apply it in practice to see how accessible and capable R-Studio for Mac is.

Step 1

Installation

We started by downloading R-Studio for Mac from its official website. We then opened the downloaded installer file and were presented with easy-to-understand installation instructions telling us to move R-Studio to the Applications folder. 

After completing the straightforward installation process, we launched R-Studio for the first time and were asked to open System Preferences and give the software full access to the system disk. 

Step 2

Source selection

This is where things got confusing. If you have one or two storage devices connected to your Mac, then you probably expect to see one or two sources to scan, right? Well, R-Studio for Mac lists not just physical storage devices but also individual volumes by default, so selecting the right one may require some detective work. 

As one of the screenshots above illustrates, system disks connected to M1-powered and T2-encrypted Macs can't be scanned at all without disabling System Integrity Protection—something you shouldn't do if you care about your security and privacy. At least everything works fine on older Macs. 

Once you have the right source selected, you can click the Scan button. Alternatively, you can right-click the desired source and choose the Scan option from the context menu. 

Step 3

Scanning process

R-Studio for Mac doesn't immediately start scanning when you press the Scan button. Instead, it opens a scan settings window where you can specify the area you want to scan, the file systems and file types you want R-Studio to look for, and more. 

You can also click the Advanced button to reveal even more options. The good news is that you can safely ignore all available options when dealing with most data loss scenarios and simply click the Scan button. 

When you do that, R-Studio for Mac will finally begin scanning, and its progress will be displayed in great detail. The application always tells you how much time is remaining, and the estimation is more or less accurate. 

Step 4

Managing found files

We're not fond of how R-Studio for Mac presents scan results, but what we don't like most of all is that scan results are not opened automatically. Instead, you have to view them manually by double-clicking the corresponding source. 

Found files are organized in a hierarchical fashion according to their type, and you can change how they are sorted and displayed. 

Commonly used multimedia file formats can be previewed in a dedicated pop-up window, and you can open any file in R-Studio's capable hex editor. 

Step 5

Recovery and post-processing

All you have to do to add a recoverable file to your recovery queue is to click the checkbox next to it. Once you've selected all files you want to get back, you can click the Recover Marked button. 

R-Studio for Mac will ask you to specify the recovery destination, and it will provide multiple recovery options for you to configure. For example, you can choose if you want to recover metafiles or skip files with bad sectors. 

We were happy with the default settings and proceeded forward by clicking the OK button. R-Studio instantly recovered all selected files to the specified recovery destination, automatically closing the recovery progress bar. 

Tutorials

R-Studio for Mac – Tutorials and Other Videos

R-Studio for Mac is one of the more difficult data recovery applications out there, so it can be helpful to watch some tutorials that explain how it works. 

R-STUDIO Emergency Data Recovery

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R-Studio for Mac – Full Review

We have performed many different data recovery tests to find out how good R-Studio for Mac really is. Instead of describing each test in the same detail as we did with the one above, we provide the following concise summary of our findings. 

Karma 62% by 13 rating criteria

62%

Karma

13 rating criteria

Developed by one of the most respected software companies in the data recovery market segment, R-Studio is a highly trusted and respected application. All paying customers receive excellent customer support, but they don’t receive updates as frequently as we would like. 

#FeatureResult
1Update frequency
More than 6 months
2Updated recently
Yes
3Changelog available
4Latest macOS supported
Yes, all good
5Runs natively on M1/M2 Macs
Supports
6Genuine or clone?
Genuine
7Brand name popularity
Unpopular
8Online market share
Poor
9Maturity
Mature
10Extensive knowledge base
Available
11Helpdesk support
Available
12Live chat
Not available
13Phone support
Yes
Bang for the buck 76% by 8 rating criteria

76%

Bang for the buck

8 rating criteria

R-Studio for Mac offers great value because you can install it for free and use it to recover an unlimited number of files that are no larger than 256 KB. To recover larger files, you can purchase one of several available licenses, the cheapest of which costs $79.99. 

#FeatureResult
1Competitive pricing
Yes
2Price-quality ratio
Great
3Free trial
Yes (limited to files that are no larger than 256 KB)
4Is it free?
No
5Pricing policy
Paid
6Unlimited recovery in full version
Yes
7Free upgrades
Only minor upgrades
8Commercial rights in the cheapest license
No
Usability 63% by 18 rating criteria

63%

Usability

18 rating criteria

Because of its confusing user interface and the lack of some quality-of-life features, R-Studio for Mac doesn’t score too many points in the usability department. The application could really use a beginner-friendly mode that would hide some information and options to provide a simplified data recovery experience. 

#FeatureResult
1Modern user-friendly interface
No
2Dark mode
Yes
3Easy-to-locate features
No
4Automatic implementation of multiple appropriate scanning methods without user interaction
Yes
5Auto-resuming scans of failing drives
No
6Auto-resuming backups of failing drives
No
7Convenient source selection on start
So-so
8Convenient file-by-file preview of recoverable items
So-so
9Convenient thumbnail preview of recoverable items
So-so
10Mount recoverable items as disk
No
11Built-in updater
Yes
12Multiple view modes in scan results
Yes
13Hex view for recoverable items
Yes
14Filter recoverable items by type
Yes
15Search recoverable items by file names
Yes
16Sort results
Yes
17Multilingual UI
Yes
18Simple deployment
No
Recovery performance 60% by 126 rating criteria

60%

Recovery performance

126 rating criteria

There’s no doubt that R-Studio for Mac is packed with powerful data recovery features, but they’re sometimes not enough to deliver the desired results because some relatively commonly used file formats are not supported. It also doesn’t help that the application can’t recover data from system drives of M1- powered and T2-encrypted Macs. 

#FeatureResultDescription
1Clever in-depth scan
Good
Supported file types can be reliably recovered.
2Quick scan
Good
Supported file types can be reliably recovered.
3Other types of scan
Fine
Can't scan system drives on M1-powered and T2-encrypted Macs.
4Device support
Good
Most storage devices are supported.
5Real-life recovery challenge
Fine
Results can be a hit or miss.
6Other notable recovery features
Good
Many useful recovery features are supported.

Clever scan

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

80%

Average Score

#FeatureScore
1HFS+ partitions
2APFS partitions
3FAT32 partitions
4exFAT partitions
5NTFS partitions
6EXT4 partitions

R-Studio can recover the original folder structure and file names across all supported file systems, but recovery attempts involving the FAT32 and exFAT file systems produce the worst results.  

Quick scan

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

80%

Average Score

#FeatureScore
1HFS+ partitions
2APFS partitions
3FAT32 partitions
4exFAT partitions
5NTFS partitions
6EXT4 partitions

Again, R-Studio can reliably recover recently deleted files from HFS+, APFS, NTFS, and EXT4 partitions, but FAT32 and exFAT recovery is less reliable. 

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

59%

Average Score

#FeatureScore
1The number of formats supported by deep scan
2Native deep scan of system drives on M1/M2-powered Macs
3Native deep scan of system drives on T2-encrypted Macs
4Native data recovery from local Time Machine snapshots
5Scan for lost partitions
6HFS+ directory rebuild
7Recovered files' labeling
8Partial file recovery
9Disk images: scan and recovery

By far the biggest limitation of R-Studio for Mac is its inability to recover data from systems drives connected to M1-powered and T2-encrypted Macs. Additionally, the software can’t recover data from local Time Machine snapshots, and you need to go with a different solution if you want to rebuild an HFS+ directory.

Device Support

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

67%

Average Score

#FeatureScore
1Internal and external HDD
2Internal and external SSD
3USB thumb drives / Classic iPods (non-iOS) / FireWire devices
4Memory cards
5iOS devices
6Android devices
7Recovery from RAID1, 0, JBOD
8Unmountable partitions
9iOS backups
10iCloud
11Encrypted device support

All versions of R-Studio focus on recovering lost data from computers and the various storage devices that are typically attached to them, such as USB flash drives, external hard drives, and so on. As such, there’s no version of R-Studio capable of helping you recover missing files from iOS or Android devices, let alone their backups. 

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

56%

Average Score

#FeatureScore
1Document formats recovery
2Raw photo recovery
3Video 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

54%

Average Score

#FeatureScore
13fr (Hasselblad 3F raw image)
2arw (Sony alpha raw)
3bmp (bitmap image file)
4cr2 (Canon raw version 2)
5cr3 (Canon raw version 3)
6crw (Canon raw CIFF image file)
7dcr (Kodak digital camera raw)
8dng (digital negative lossless raw image)
9CinemaDNG (Blackmagic, Penelope, Pocket)
10erf (Epson raw file)
11exr (high dynamic-range file format)
12fff (Hasselblad raw image)
13gpr (GoPro raw format)
14heic (high efficiency image file format)
15iiq (intelligent image quality raw Leaf, Phase One)
16insp (panoramic image Insta360)
17jp2 (bitmap image format JPEG 2000)
18jpg (joint photographic experts group compressed image)
19kdc (Kodak digital camera raw image)
20mef (Mamiya raw image file)
21mos (Leaf and Mamiya raw image file)
22mpo (multi picture stereoscopic object file)
23mrw (Konica Minolta raw image format)
24nef (Nikon raw image file)
25nrw (Nikon raw image file)
26orf (Olympus raw format)
27pef (Pentax raw image file)
28raf (Fujifilm raw image file)
29raw (native digital camera file)
30rw2 (Panasonic LUMIX raw image file)
31rwl (Leica raw image format)
32sr2 (Sony raw 2 image file)
33srf (Sony raw file)
34srw (Samsung raw image file)
35tiff (tag image file format)
36x3f (Sigma camera raw picture file)
37x3i (Sigma super fine detail picture file)

As you can see by looking at the summary table above, R-Studio for Mac can’t recover many commonly used raw photo file formats, such as CRW, KDC, SRF, and X3F, just to give some examples. That’s not great because raw photos in general are becoming more and more popular, and they can now be captured even by some modern smartphones.

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

55%

Average Score

#FeatureScore
1360 (GoPRO 360 degree videos)
2ari (ARRI professional digital video camera)
3arx (ARRI professional digital video camera)
4avi (GoPRO CineForm intermediate codec)
5avi (MJPG, H.264, MSMPEG4 v2 codecs)
6braw (Blackmagic raw video file)
7insv (Insta360 panoramic AVC H.264 video file)
8insv (Insta360 panoramic HEVC HVC1 video file)
9mov (Apple ProRes 422 Proxy/LT/HQ)
10mov (Apple ProRes 4444 Raw/HQ)
11mov (advanced video coding H.264)
12mov (CineForm HD codec)
13mov (HEVC, HVC1 codecs)
14mp4 (advanced video coding H.264)
15mp4 (HEVC, HVC1, Apple ProRes codecs)
16mxf (advanced video coding H.264)
17mxf (DVCPRO HD codec)
18mxf (ARRI raw, Apple ProRes codecs)
19mxf (XDCAM HD422, HD35 MPEG2 codecs)
20r3d (Red digital camera company raw video file)
21wmv (pro raw 9 codec)

We wouldn’t use R-Studio for Mac as our video file recovery software of choice because multiple popular video file formats are not supported. The good news is that you can add a custom file format to R-Studio, but doing so is anything but straightforward. 

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

60%

Average Score

#FeatureScore
1accdb (Microsoft Access 2007+ database file)
2djvu (compressed image format)
3doc (Microsoft Word 97 – 2003 document file)
4docx (Microsoft Word 2007+ document file)
5fb2 (FictionBook 2.0 File)
6key (Apple Keynote)
7mdb (Microsoft Access 97 - 2003 database file)
8numbers (Apple Numbers)
9odp (OpenOffice presentation file format)
10ods (OpenDocument spreadsheet file format)
11odt (OpenDocument text document file format)
12pages (Apple Pages)
13pdf (portable document format)
14ppt (Microsoft Powerpoint 97 - 2003 presentation file)
15pptx (Microsoft Powerpoint 2007+ presentation file)
16rtf (rich text format)
17xls (Microsoft Excel 97 - 2003 spreadsheet file)
18xlsx (Microsoft Excel 2007+ spreadsheet file)

Documents are among the most frequently recovered files, but R-Studio’s performance doesn’t reflect this. We were unable to recover sample files in the DJVU file format, and even such commonly used file formats as DOCX, KEY, and PPT gave the software 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

62%

Average Score

#FeatureScore
1Overall non-intrusive read-only algorithms
2Network recovery
3Effectively filters out corrupted scan results
4Byte-to-byte device backups
5Bootable recovery drive creation
6Runs in macOS native recovery mode
7Convenient scan session management
8Bad sector management
9Recovery chance prediction
10RAID reconstructor
11Disk vitals monitoring and tracking during scan
12Data protection
13Links to in-lab recovery service for physically damaged devices
14Scan speed
15Scan free space only
16Start file recovery without interrupting the scan
17Preview recoverable items without interrupting the scan
18Forensic features

R-Studio for Mac (at least the more expensive versions of the software) brings to the table a whole host of notable recovery features, including the ability to remotely recover data from computers connected to the same network or the ability to reconstruct RAID arrays. Still, some nice-to-have features are missing in the current version, and it would be nice to see them introduced with a future update. 

Extras 9% by 12 rating criteria

9%

Extras

12 rating criteria

It has become a common practice for the developers of data recovery software applications geared toward regular users to include all kinds of extra features to help the users of their products better manage their files and prevent data loss by regularly backing them up. 

#FeatureResultDescription
1Disk space mapping
No
Not supported
2Disk clean up
No
Not supported
3Corrupted video repair tool
No
Not supported
4Corrupted photo repair tool
No
Not supported
5S.M.A.R.T.
Partial
Can display S.M.A.R.T. data of some storage devices
6Duplicate finder
No
Not supported
7Built-in disk space secure eraser
No
Not supported
8Disk cloning
No
Not supported
9Disk surface test
No
Not supported
10Secure data shredding
No
Not supported

Because R-Studio for Mac is aimed predominantly at professionals and not regular users, it doesn’t come with virtually any extra features that would expand its capabilities beyond data recovery. 

What Users Say about R-Studio for Mac

One of the most amazing features of this software is the ability to reconstruct failed RAID arrays. You can images the individual drives, then build the virtual array in the software. Once done, you can recovery files from the old array without it being intact. This alone makes this software invaluable, but it also routinely outperforms nearly any other software we compare it to.

Rude customer support and misleading refund policy. It's not about the money, but about the principle. Dont bother buying this. Choose another company, seriously. You dont want rude customer support on the phone when you are trying to recover lost data.

Shady refund policies, so don't even bother trying their demo which will mislead you into thinking you can purchase this now to see if the software works. I've tried other software and they have all been willing to issue a refund. I rather buy one of their licences. They won $60 from me but lost a corporate licence deal.

This is high quality data recovery software but there is less search capability as compared to other products. There is need of user friendly interface so that users can be able to understand it very easily.

The only significant disadvantage we found was R-Studio’s user interface. R-Studio is clearly designed for data recovery specialists and the interface can be confusing for inexperienced users. We think that the best solution would be to offer a “wizard”-style option for home users while keeping the current interface as an alternative.

Bottom line

R-Studio for Mac is a capable data recovery software solution that’s clearly designed for a specific group of users: professionals. If you’re reading this review, the chances are that you’re not a data recovery professional, however. 

The question then is whether you are willing to spend some time learning how R-Studio works just to obtain the same (and possibly worse) results than you could obtain using a much more intuitive data recovery application designed from the ground up for casual users. 

If you’re not sure, then we recommend you download the free demo version of R-Studio and try the software on your own computer. Should you end up liking it, unlocking unlimited recovery is as easy as purchasing a license. And if you decide that it’s not the right choice for you, then there are plenty of great alternatives from which you can choose. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Let’s answer some questions Mac users frequently ask about R-Studio for Mac.

You can download R-Studio for Mac directly from its official website.

Yes, R-Studio works on M1 Macs, but the software can’t recover data from their system drives. 

You can check for updates directly from R-Studio:

  1. Open the Help menu.
  2. Click the Check for Update option.

Not really. R-Studio for Mac is intended for data recovery professionals, and its user interface reflects this.

The demo version of R-Studio for Mac can recover an unlimited number of files, but they must be smaller than 256 KB.

To uninstall R-Studio for Mac:

  1. Launch Finder. 
  2. Navigate to the Applications folder. 
  3. Move R-Studio to Trash.

Will do ⚖️️

R-Studio for Mac Review – Powerful Features in an Intimidating Package
2.84

Out of 5 Total score

No. 3 Among all macOS solutions

If you’re a data recovery professional or an advanced Mac user, then R-Studio for Mac deserves your attention.

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David Morelo
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David Morelo is a professional content writer with a specialization in data recovery. He spends his days helping users from around the world recover from data loss and address the numerous issues associated with it.

When not writing about data recovery techniques and solutions, he enjoys tinkering with new technology, working on personal projects, exploring the world on his bike, and, above all else, spending time with his family.

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Yevgeniy Tolkunov is Hardware Engineer at ACE Data Recovery. Yevgeniy has a Master's Degree in Physics, Information Technology; 15+ years of experience.