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How to Recover Lost Files on Mac

Lost the Word documents or Excel sheet you worked on a whole day by unknown reasons? Store tons of important photos on your Mac but accidentally delete them all by wrongly operation? There's nothing worse than these. A data loss problem attacks your Mac! But calm down and don't worry. There's a chance to restore the lost data on your Mac if you follow our suggestions and instructions.

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Common Problem Asked by Users: Any Chance to Get Back My Lost Files?

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“I just delete one of my file and also delete it from my trash bin, and my question is I still need it after the deletion. Is it possible to restore deleted file? If yes, then How to recover lost files on Mac? I’ve asked somebody else, some said yes but some said no, so I came here to ask for more help. And, my machine is 2014’s MacBook Air.”

Seen this problem from Apple official website “Mac OS X” forum. And there are more questions like this one. When we talk about data recovery, because not all of users are the professional who is focusing on computer technology, so the answers to it can be classified into two extreme ways: One is when facing data loss problem, users may consider there is no way out for it because what they see is the files are deleting very completed from the Mac (or other storage devices), never heard about or consider is there any possibility to process data rescue operation.

The other way is some users think data recovery can be processed, this is right, but these users are too relying on some data recovery method and tell that no matter what kind of situation they meet, the data recovery method can help them to get back lost or deleted files back to the original size. Actually, both of these to ways are not completely right. So, what is the correct answer about lost files recovery? Is it really possible to undelete lost data on Mac or other storage devices?

Common Sense We Should Take: The Better Chance to Retrieve Your Deleted Data

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“Know your enemy and know yourself.” I always believe in this because after you learn the principle of one thing, then you can really understand what this thing means or why this thing happens. In this session, I will bring you to know the common reasons which lead to data loss and the common sense about file recovery that you should know.

1. Deleted files can actually be undeleted if you’ve met wrongly formatting/partition or virus infection.

When the Mac operating system is processing file deletion, only the action it will take is doing some different “fixing job” to the MetaData-make a deletion mark, clean the File Linked List, etc according to the different files. And the most important thing is, all the complicated and obscure technical words or action we see above will not really erase the files from your Mac hard drive until new data has been put into your Mac. Because the operating only frees up the space of the files you “deleted” so that there is enough space for storing new files. So, at this moment we can tell there is still a big chance to recover your lost files on Mac.

Wrongly deletion: This is very easy to understand and easy to handle. Sometimes you can get the files back from your Mac trash bin, if not, the a third party data recovery program may be helped.

Wrongly Formatting File Recovery: The damage of wrongly formatting is different because it is based on the different file system, and it is also based on which formatting way you’ve used to format your files. It is a little bit complicated but in a word, the chance of file recovery is still there.

Wrongly Partition File Recovery: The meaning of wrongly partition is delete the original partition and then build a new partition. According to different OS or platform, the partition operation will only process action on master boot sector, boot sector or volume label, but will not do harm to the data area. Thus, if only partition but not format the drive, it is easy to restore deleted files.

Virus Infection: No kidding, there is really virus infection happens on Mac (though the probability is very low.) And the result of virus infection is more complicated than the common problems we see above. If we just meet some “friendly” virus which only change a little thing on MetaData so that it can cheat and make the operating system consider some files have been deleted. But actually none of the File Linked List or data has been changed. At this situation, files can be recovered. But some virus will act as the operating system to delete the files even do the cryptographic operation on the management of data, at this moment, once the anti-virus software runs to kill the virus, the cryptographic way cannot be read and the chance of data recovery will be reduced.

2. Three situations may happen after data loss

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It is very complicated the way which is used to store data on your Mac or other devices. The way to store the data, the reasons of losing files, what operations have been taken after data loss, etc, all of these will infect the chance for you to recover lost files from your Mac. There will be three ways happen if we meet the reasons we talk about above which lead to data loss:

Lost Data Can be Recovered 100%

At some situations, if only the simple deletion users have taken to delete files, like wrongly deletion or formatting but do no harm to the data area, there is 100% the files can be recovered.

Part of Data Can be Recovered

Because of the way for storing files are different from different device, the probability of undeleting lost data will be different. For example, if you have two folders on your Mac hard drive, you delete both of them and clean your trash bin, and then put one new folder into your Mac. Using Mac data recovery software may help you to recover folder A or folder B, or a part of folder A and the whole folder B.

No Way to Undelete Lost Data

This is the worst result about data recovery-none of the files can be recovered. The reason of this is quite simple: When you delete a file, the operating system will not really it but only frees up the space of it so that there is enough space on your Mac hard drive for putting new files into it like we said above. At this moment, you can recover it by using some third party Mac file recovery software. But if you put new file into it, the new file will take the space which was belonging to the “deleted file” and you will lose the chance to get it back! (I don't exclude the possibility of it, but it is the highest level and will not be discussed in this passage.)

Common Question: How Do I Retrieve My Files

After the discussion we make above, I think that all of you learn the reasons why we lost our data and why the deleted files can be recovered. But how? I know that some of you may know that there are tons of Mac lost data recovery tools on the market. But when you have a suitable one, you have the good chance to get the files back. So what is a suitable one? In my personal opinion, “Easy to use”, “Interface friendly”, “The powerful ability” and the “Free risk & do no harm to original data“ are the “Big Four” of a date rescue software. uFlysoft Data Recovery for Mac is the one among the good ones.

Easy 3 Steps to Restore deleted files from Your Mac

Download uFlysoft Mac Data Recovery Software on your Mac first.

Select and scan the drive which your lost files were store before. (Or connect the storage device which the files have been deleted and you want to recover.)

Open the Files Recovery tool. Select the volume where your lost files were and start the scan.

Preview the scanned result after scanning (Only photos files can be previewed) and click ‘Recovery’, choose the path to save the recovered files.

Preview and recover lost files.

uFlysoft software supports almost all file formats for NTFS & FAT32 file systems. Because of this condition, user not only can use it to get the lost files back from Mac hard drive, but also bring them back if they were lost from storage device like USB drive, memory card, external drive, tec.

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iPod(Nano, Classic, Shuffle), iPod Touch, iPad, iPhone Mobile Phone, MP3/MP4 Player

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Mac Machine, USB Drive, External Hard Drive, Memory Sticks, Secured Digital(SD) Card, XD Picture (XD) Card, Compact Flash(CF) card, Multi Media(MMC) Card, Digital Camera

uFlysoft Data Rescue Software supports nearly all kinds of file format than other brand tools do for HFS:

the file types which are supported to be recovered


the photo files which you can recover

JPG, TIFF(TIF), PNG, BMP, GIF, PSD, CRW, CR2, etc format more than 100.

most of the video files format can be restored


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Time to Take Note: How to Protect Your Important Data on Your Mac

  • 1. There is not necessary for you to clean the Trash Bin quite often if your hard drive still have enough space because you have no idea what files you have been put into it one or two hours after you put the files into it. Be careful to empty it or check it before you empty it.
  • 2. Only install the software from Mac Store or the trustworthy website. Don’t try to download and install the software comes from nowhere because you will not know which of them will bring you the ads even a “thief” which will steal your file, privacy or your personal information.
  • 3. It is a good habit to build a backup for your Mac files by using Time Machine. And I suggest you back up the files weekly so that you will not lose most of the files when you need to restore the files.
  • Expert Tips - Useful Technology for User

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    According to the research, most of data loss problems are caused by our human beings. So be careful when you are using your Mac.

    No matter which device you are using, when data loss happens, stop using it to avoid any new files have been put into it and overwrite the original files.

    Before you search a good method to undelete the lost files, make sure keep your device safe.

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