Recovering Deleted or Lost Files on Mac

Recovering Deleted or Lost Files on Mac

Once many things were near to impossible, but time has changed and technology has improved things to a greater extent. For instance files once deleted from recycle bin were lost forever, but now recovering a deleted or lost file is matter of few seconds. There are many files recovery software available as well as operating systems are coming with data recovery tools. With so much ease, Mac users like any other OS users can now easily recover deleted files. Various methods of files recovery in Mac are discussed below:


  1. Using Time Machine: This is Apple’s built-in resource for data files recovery which is part of Leopard OS. Apple machines bought after November 2007 have the latest OS, Leopard loaded on them. Time Machine is a tool that you can use with extreme ease. All you need to do is to open the application, go to the point where you want to access your file, click “Restore” and you’re done. The program will recover the file and will place it in the folder where it was kept before deletion.
  2. Using Third Party Software: There is variety of third party software available for Mac with which you can recover your deleted or lost files, i.e. Stellar Phoenix, REMO Mac Recover etc. Stellar Phoenix can recover lost files from Mac hard drive after emptying Trash Bin as well as data loss due to any other reason. You can recover data from HFS, HFS+, HFSX, HFS Wrapper, and FAT file system volumes. On the other hand, REMO Mac Recover can also recover data in all data loss situations including emptying trash. The efficient algorithms make it work quite faster as compared to other software. Furthermore, third party software for the recovery of deleted files on Mac include both paid and free options, but finding the right one needs little effort. Better is to check out user reviews on Mac forums before buying one.

Although Mac data recovery tools are very powerful and the third party tools are also intelligent enough to recover data, but there can be chances of not recovering the full data that has been deleted or lost due to changes on system, so the best way is to have backup prior to making any changes. Following are most common and much efficient methods for backup on Mac:

  1. Mac Membership: With Mac membership, you can back up your files to a hard drive, a CD/DVD or iDisk. You need to select a backup plan, which can be found in the Backup window. Just select the files you want to restore and click “Restore”. You can have full system backup as well!
  2. Using FileSalvage/ Data Backup 3: With this option for Mac backup, you can back up, restore and synchronize any files you want. Run the application, select the required settings and you can now travel back to find files and folders. You can also schedule your backups with this option which is really very useful in case of system failure.
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