updated 09:10 pm EDT, Fri October 22, 2010
Free update corrects bugs in v3
Prosoft has updated its hard drive recovery software, Data Rescue, to v3.1 which now runs natively as 64-bit on Snow Leopard systems, as well as tweaked the re-designed interface and made other changes to improve or fix issues introduced in v3, which debuted almost exactly a year ago.
Users of Macs with large quantities of RAM will see the biggest improvement in speed with 64-bit processing, leading to faster scanning and recovery of lost files. The software works with hard drives that won't mount to recover files based on file type, bypassing the damaged directories or disk structure and attempting to recover data by scanning the drive directly. The recently-introduced v3 added a feature called "FileIQ" that could learn about non-standard file types from users directly rather than just relying on a list of well-known file types, and works with soft RAID drives as well as regular hard drives.
Among the improvements in v3.1 are changes to the welcome window for more direct access to suspended and completed scans, simplifying the Workspace and Home folder workflows, adding support for ORF raw images and an Expert feature for erasing drives or volumes to HFS+, and adding the ability to find and recover DMG files that had no partition table.
The update also fixes a number of issues that arose after the release of v3, including improving the recover of fragmented catalog files, restoring the Erase function for 10.4.x users, improved graphics for 10.6 users, and fixing activation issues when launched from its own boot DVD. Many other minor fixes, particularly concerning stability of the program when analyzing scans, working with secondary monitors and memory leaks, are also included in this update.
Data Rescue v3.1 is a free update for v3 owners. The program is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher and priced at $65 for an upgrade, $100 for a new single-user license, or $250 for a professional user licence.