Wondershare Recoverit for Mac Review – Is It Really Wonderful?
Out of 5 Total Score
No. 4 Among all macOS solutions
Wondershare Recoverit is one of the most frequently recommended data recovery applications for macOS, and its website lists many compelling reasons why you should choose it over available alternatives. Curious to see if Wondershare really is as wonderful as so many people claim it to be, we decided to subject it to our comprehensive real-world tests. Here are the results.
Top Recoverit Pros
Dedicated video search mode. The program has a dedicated module that searches only for deleted video files.
Modern interface. Recoverit has a modern user interface that makes it easy to use.
Bootable disk creation. You can use the software to create a bootable disk with macOS.
Video repair. The program can repair the content of video files that refuse to play.
High scanning speed. The data recovery software can scan even large drives quickly.
Image previews. Recoverit can preview a variety of image file formats, and it can even correctly scale and rotate them.
Top Recoverit Cons
Doesn’t scan Macs with T2 or Apple Silicon chips. Recoverit doesn’t scan system drives connected to Macs with T2 and Apple Silicon chips—it only shows existing data.
Bootable disk creation limitations. Bootable disks can be created only on Intel-based Macs running macOS Catalina and older and also on T2 and Apple Silicon devices.
Fake scan types. The data recovery software has dedicated scan options to locate files that were permanently deleted from the Trash folder, the desktop folder, or any other specific folder. These options are fake because no data recovery software can scan only a specific folder.
No results when scanning formatted APFS and HFS. The program can only do a quick scan of the file system data. If the data has been lost due to formatting, for example, the user will not find the original structure and file names.
No recovery time estimation. Recoverit doesn’t provide an estimated time to complete the recovery process.
Can’t be resized. It’s not possible to change the size of the main program window.
Can’t perform a full disk scan. There is no option to scan the whole disk. The program allows you to scan only individual volumes.
Doesn’t show corrupted data. The program doesn’t display corrupted data among recoverable files, making it seem as if the data doesn’t exist.
No backup capabilities. It’s not possible to create a byte-by-by-byte copy of a storage device before starting the data recovery process.
Inconvenient installation process. During installation, the program downloads additional installation files and automatically opens the official website when the installation is over.
Can’t be installed without access to the internet. The Recoverit installer needs to download additional files from the internet, so it’s impossible to finish the installation and recover files without internet access.
Lost partitions are not labeled. The program doesn’t indicate which discovered lost partition belongs to which disk, making it difficult to choose the right one.
Scan progress estimations seem unreliable. Recoverit displays a percentage indicator during scanning, but this indicator seems unreliable because it quickly reaches 50% but then takes a long time to reach 100%.
Poor scan session management. There is no way to save a disk scan session. You always have to start scanning again.
Duplicate results. Very often, the program shows the same recoverable file twice, with one of the entries not working.
Doesn’t name found files. The program doesn’t name found files properly even in situations when the information should be available.
Doesn’t monitor disk state changes. When you connect a new storage device, Recoverit doesn’t notice it until you manually update the list of available storage devices.
Exaggerated file format support claims. Wondershare claims that Recoverit supports more than 1,000 file formats.
Limited preview capabilities. It’s not uncommon for Wondershare to not be able to preview recoverable files. In such situations, the software prompts the user to recover the files instead, which is possible only after purchasing a license.
Can’t sort scan results. There is no way to sort recoverable files.
Doesn’t automatically resume scanning. If you start scanning a storage device and then disconnect it before Wondershare Recoverit is done scanning, the software won’t automatically resume scanning when you connect it again.
Scans often fail. Often, Recoverit informs that scanning can’t continue. The only option is to save found data and start again.
|Trial version available|
|Trial version limitations|
|No credit card to try|
|Money back guarantee|
Recoverit is a freemium software application, which means that some features and capabilities are available for free, but you need to purchase a license to unlock the rest. More specifically, the free version of Recoverit can recover only up to 100 MB of data, and you need to unlock it to recover more. To do that, you need to choose between several available licenses, and both subscription and lifetime options are available. If your goal is to recover lost video files, then you should really get a Premium license because it’s the only license that unlocks video repair capabilities. There’s also a special discounted license for students, and it includes everything the Premium license does.
|1||1 Month License||$75.99|
|2||1 Year License||$79.99|
|1||1 Month License||$95.99|
|2||1 Year License||$99.99|
Everything in Wondershare Recoverit Essential plus:
|1||1 Month License||$109.99|
|2||1 Year License||$139.99|
Everything in Wondershare Recoverit Standard plus:
Everything in Wondershare Recoverit Premium plus:
|1||Recoverit Essential 1 Year License (1 PC)||$48.99|
|2||Recoverit Standard 1 Year License (1 PC)||$55.99|
|3||Recoverit Premium 1 Year License (1 PC)||$69.99|
Everything in Wondershare Recoverit Essential, Standard or Premium
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Developer — Wondershare Technology Co., Ltd.
Recoverit is developed by Chinese company Wondershare Technology Co., Ltd. The company is headquartered in Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, and it was founded in 2003. Since then, Wondershare has released a number of software products, many of which have become popular both in China and in western countries.
2% 82.6% 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.
You would be hard-pressed to find a comprehensive list of the best data recovery software applications that doesn’t include Recoverit. Yet, the software’s online market share and brand name popularity are both fairly low, which has likely a lot to do with Wondershare’s location.
2003 • 20 years on market
West of Donghuan Road, North of 1-4 Road, South of 1-3 Road, Room No.2, Floor 6, Building No.8 of East of Liuwu Building, Lhasa, China
To reach its target customers, Wondershare spends a lot of money on social media and content marketing. For example, the company has produced a large library of data recovery guides that explain how its software can be used to solve all kinds of data loss scenarios.
How We Test
Our data recovery software tests can be broken down into five distinct stages, and each of them plays an important role in determining the performance and overall quality of the tested software.
|1||Installation||Is the software easy to install and launch?|
|2||Source selection||Does the software make source selection simple?|
|3||Scanning process||How long does scanning take and how convenient it is?|
|4||Managing found data||Can found files be managed in a straightforward manner?|
|5||Recovery and post-processing||Does the software help select a suitable recovery destination and process the recovered files?|
Because data recovery software applications often support several different scan types, we usually perform multiple tests to evaluate them all in order to give you the most comprehensive and accurate results possible.
You can download a free version of Recoverit that can recover up to 100 MB of data for free on its official website, but only if you visit a specific landing page. The free version that's available on the home page can only preview recoverable files.
The Reecoverit installer is very small because it downloads the necessary application files during the installation process. As such, it's impossible to install Recoverit without a working internet connection.
When the installation ends, the installer automatically opens the Recoverit website in a web browser, which can be quite annoying, especially if you're doing other things on your computer.
Recoverit automatically lists all available volumes on the main screen, allowing you to start a scan with a simple click. Unfortunately, there's no way to scan an entire storage device and all of its volumes in one go. You can always scan only one volume at a time.
Included among available sources are several folders where users frequently look for deleted files, including Trash and Desktop. Recoverit makes it seem as if it can look for lost files only in these folders, but that's not true—it always scans the entire volume.
It doesn't take much time for Recoverit to scan even a fairly large storage device, but that's something you won't know until the software is done scanning because it doesn't provide any time estimate.
The only thing Recoverit does show during scanning is a percentage indicator, but its accuracy is questionable considering how erratically it behaves sometimes, quickly reaching 50% only to take much longer to reach 100%.
Managing found files
By default, Recoverit presents recoverable files in icon view. You can switch to list view and detail view to display more information about each file. Unfortunately, it's not possible to sort recoverable files in list view.
Some file formats, such as JPG, PNG, and GIF images or MP4 videos, can be previewed directly in Recoverit. To see only specific file types, you can activate file type filters.
Overall, the file management experience is pleasant but somewhat less flexible than we would like it to be. The modern design of the user interface does make up for it to a degree.
Recovery and post-processing
To complete a recovery job with Recoverit, you need to select the files you want to recover, click the Recover button, and then specify the recovery directory. The software will remind you not to recover your files to the location where they were originally stored to avoid overwriting them. Once your files are recovered, you can click the Open Folder button to view them in Finder.
Wondershare Recoverit for macOS – Tutorials and Other Videos
To better understand how Wondershare Recoverit for Mac works, check out the videos below.
Wondershare is known for constantly improving its software products, and Recoverit is no exception. The data recovery software is updated roughly every 3 months, and new versions of macOS are supported soon after their release. We just hope that Wondershare will soon release a native version for Apple Silicon Macs to improve the application’s performance. Also, it would be nice for a changelog to be publically available, but we suspect that most regular users don’t care much about it.
Every 3 months
|4||Latest macOS supported|
Yes, all good
|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|
Recoverit offers a decent value because there are multiple licenses and plans to choose from. The cheapest regular perpetual license costs $119.99, but there’s also a special discounted license for students that makes the data recovery software even more appealing. Unfortunately, free upgrades are included only in subscription plans, and those can end up costing you a lot of money if you want to keep the software around for some time.
Yes (can recover up to 100 MB of data)
|4||Is it free?|
|6||Unlimited recovery in full version|
Only with a monthly or annual subscription
|8||Commercial rights in the cheapest license|
It’s clear that Wondershare put a lot of thought and effort into the design of the application’s user interface, but there are a few quite important commissions that bring the overall user experience down. For example, the software doesn’t automatically detect a newly connected storage device, and it doesn’t automatically resume failed scans. Scan results displayed in list view can’t be sorted, nor can they be mounted as a virtual disk. There’s also the fact that Recoverit doesn’t support dark mode, which, while not really important, is something that even casual Mac users can easily notice and be bothered with.
|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 data recovery performance of Wondershare Recoverit for Mac is at best average. The software claims to support over 1,000 file formats and all kinds of different file systems, including (APFS, exFAT, FAT16/32, HFS+, NTFS, ext2/3/4, and others. Those claims seem to be exaggerated, as the results of our data recovery performance tests reveal.
|1||Clever in-depth scan|
|No results when scanning formatted APFS and HFS.|
|Macs with T2 and Apple Silicon chips are not supported.|
|3||Other types of scan|
|Lost partitions are not clearly labeled.|
|Commonly used storage devices are supported.|
|5||Real-life recovery challenge|
|The program delivered average results.|
|6||Other notable recovery features|
|Recoverit doesn't offer almost any extra features.|
A good data recovery software application for Mac should be able to recover original folder structure and file names when scanning APFS and HFS+ partitions. Recoverit doesn’t deliver any results when scanning Mac-specific partitions. Fortunately, it does better when scanning NTFS, FAT32, and exFAT partitions, so at least it’s good for recovering data from external storage devices and Windows system drives.
If it wasn’t for the fact that the Quick scan option can’t be used to scan system drives connected to Macs with T2 and Apple Silicon chips (it only shows existing data) we would be much happier with the performance of Wondershare Recoverit for Mac. As it is, only external HFS+ and APFS drives can be recovered.
Other 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|
Recoverit can scan mounted disk images, but it can’t turn a storage device into an image for safer recovery of lost data. When the software encounters lost partitions, it doesn’t label them as clearly as it should, making it difficult to know which partition belongs to which storage device. Time Machine snapshots, system drives on Apple Silicon and T2 Macs can’t be scanned.
|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|
You can use Wondershare Recoverit to get back data from all commonly used internal and external storage devices. iOS and Android smartphones are not supported, but most other data recovery software applications for Mac don’t support them as well, with Disk Drill being the most prominent exception. There’s also the fact that Wondershare sells a dedicated iOS/Android recovery software application, called Dr.Fone, so it has a financial reason not to include mobile recovery capabilities in Recoverit.
Real-life recovery challenges
|1||Raw photo recovery|
|2||Video formats recovery|
|3||Document formats recovery|
Raw photo recovery
|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)|
Considering that Recoverit should support around 1,000 file formats, it’s surprising to see it miss so many raw photo file formats, including .raw, .kdc, and .erf, just to give some examples.
Video formats recovery
|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)|
It’s the same story when it comes to video recovery performance. Again, Recoverit misses a lot of popular file formats, such as Blackmagic raw video files and Red digital camera company raw video files.
Document formats recovery
|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)|
Surprisingly, Recoverit has the best detection rate when recovering deleted documents, but it still leaves a lot to be desired. Document files created by Apple’s office suite seem to give it more trouble than documents created using Microsoft Office.
Other notable recovery features
|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|
When it comes to additional recovery features, Wondershare Reecoverit doesn’t have all that much to offer besides bootable recovery drive creation, the ability to preview recoverable items without interrupting the scan, and a few other things.
The presence of useful extra features can greatly increase the value of any data recovery software application, especially when the included features are typically provided by standalone paid products.
|1||Disk space mapping|
|2||Disk clean up|
|3||Corrupted video repair tool|
|Recoverit can repair damaged video files.|
|4||Corrupted photo repair tool|
|5||Time Machine backups parser|
|7||Bootable macOS installer|
|Only on older Macs.|
|9||Built-in disk space secure eraser|
|11||Disk surface test|
|12||Secure data shredding|
Recoverit does offer one killer extra feature and not much more than that: it can repair corrupted video files. If your goal is to recover a lost video from a family vacation or a similarly important event, then this feature alone might be enough to convince you to go with Recoverit instead of competing data recovery software applications.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Wondershare Recoverit for Mac.
Yes, Recoverit by Wondershare runs on Mac computers, but the data recovery software can’t recover data from Macs with T2 and Apple Silicon chips.
To recover deleted files using Recoverit on Mac, download the free version of the software from its official website, install it, and use it to scan the desired storage device.
Yes, Recoverit for Mac is a safe data recovery application that has been successfully used by countless people to recover lost data from all kinds of storage devices.
The free version of Wondershare Recoverit can recover up to 100 MB of data. To recover more, you need to purchase a license.
A perpetual Recoverit license costs $169.99, and Wondershare also offers monthly and annual licenses.
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There’s a good reason why R-Studio for Mac is loved by professionals, but regular home users have different priorities.
Even though the software doesn’t look like it, it’s actually a one-trick pony that can be recommended mainly to those who want to recover damaged video files.
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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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