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I have my parents' old Mac Mini that's running Leopard (10.5.8).

It has a directory of old scanned pictures that was inadvertently deleted and that I'm trying to recover. I have a trial version of Data Rescue 3 that finds the pics but it's in demo mode. I've contacted ProSoftEng but they won't sell a license for the old version.

Does anyone have any other software that will run and that is either free or you can still buy a license for? Alternately, does anyone have an old Data Rescue 3 license that I can buy?

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  • Surprised Dat rescue didn’t mention their newer software will recover the files over target disk mode. But it looks like you have some options now.
    – bmike
    Jul 4, 2022 at 13:55

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Try Disk Drill Basic.

Alternatively, boot the Mac Mini in target mode1 and thereafter attach its disk to a newer Mac, which can run newer versions of data recovery software.


1 Boot into target mode using one of the following:

  • If the computer is off, start it up while pressing and holding the T key.
  • If the computer is on, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Startup Disk, then click Target Disk Mode.

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