Apple has signed-up Kroll Ontrack as its only approved European data recovery specialist.

The move means that Mac owners sending their computer to Kroll Ontrack in order to have their data recovered from their machines won't be invalidating their Apple warranty.

"Kroll Ontrack has conducted thousands of successful data recoveries for Apple customers over the years. This verification gives Apple users the peace-of-mind that, in using our services, they will receive best-of-breed data recovery capabilities and processes,” said Phil Bridge, Managing Director, Kroll Ontrack UK.

The company has its own tools and technologies to recover lost or corrupted data from many operating systems and most media and storage devices, offering DIY, remote and in-house recovery capabilities.