How Can You Perform Mac File Recovery Easily

Part 1 – Mac File Recovery Issue

Recently, we unintentionally see a large number of people asking questions like "how do I restore Trash on a Mac", "how do I recover deleted files on my Mac" and "how do I retrieve photos from Trash on my Mac" on the internet, hoping to get a satisfying answer. It's easy to find that their intention is to perform file recovery on Mac, but don't know a good way. In view of this, we decide to talk about Mac file recovery.

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We strongly recommend that both experienced users and novices get help from MiniTool Mac Data Recovery – a Mac data recovery tool with high reputation. This tool simplifies the recovery process of lost files, dividing it into mainly 3 steps: choosing a proper function, scanning the target drive and saving files from scan result.

Of course, we offer you a chance to experience the real performance of software before purchasing. You can free download data recovery software for Mac and install it; then, run the software and start Mac OS X data recovery independently. After that, you may make a decision on buying an advanced edition or not.

Though the free edition of MiniTool Mac Data Recovery is able to help you scan a disk and list all the files found on it, it only allows you to recover 1MB of data. That is to say, you may only be able to recover a small picture file or document. Thus, we suggest you buy a personal license here with a discount to break this limit.

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We'll take MiniTool Mac Data Recovery V3.0 - DEMO (the free edition) as an example to show you how to complete Mac OS X files recovery in different data loss situations.

Part 2 – How to Restore Files from Mac

For Mac users who don't know what will happen during file loss or the principle of data recovery, they'll regard file loss as a fatal blow. They think it's like the file is gone forever the moment when it gets lost. Yet the reality is several ways are available to help them recover data on Mac.

How Do I Recover Deleted Files on My Mac

It happens frequently that Mac users delete important files by mistake: they may press the wrong button or regard that file as useless. When they finally find that they've made a huge mistake, they may feel annoyed, hoping that they've never done this before.

Lucky for them, we'll introduce 3 ways to help recover deleted files from hard disk (both internal and external). In the first one, we'll tell you how to recover deleted files from Mac without software (but it is only helpful in some cases).

first The first way is to make use of Mac Trash.

When you realize you have deleted the files you actually need from a hard disk, you should firstly go to check Trash.

How to restore Trash items on a Mac:
  • Open the Trash Can and find the items you really need;
  • Select all the items you need and right-click on them;
  • Choose "Put Back" to restore them to the original place (if the original drive no long exists, you'll need to drag them out of the Trash directly).

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If you have deleted files from a flash disk, the files will not be sent to Trash; you can't find them here, so how do you recover deleted files from a USB flash drive? Certainly, you should turn to the following 2 ways.

second The second way is to use MiniTool Mac Data Recovery.

Sometimes, you may realize the deletion of important files after you have emptied the Trash, so the first way will not be helpful at all. In this case, we suggest you choose MiniTool Mac Data Recovery to get files back after emptying Trash.

How to recover deleted files from emptied Mac Trash bin:
  • Run the software by double clicking on its icon; (please connect the external hard disk or USB flash drive to computer if you need to recover data from it)
  • Choose "Undelete Recovery" from the main window of software;
  • Select the target hard disk partition/flash drive and click on "Scan" button to detect files;
  • Wait for the scan, and then check the files you need & click on "Save" to recover them when the scan is finished.

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third The third way is to rely on Time Machine.

If you happen to have created backups of the deleted files by using the Time Machine, you can easily restore the older versions of deleted files on your own.

How to recover deleted files from Mac by using Time Machine:
  • Open the partition or folder in which the deleted files are located originally; (If you have backed up the files to an external or network drive by using Time Machine, you should confirm that the drive is connected now)
  • Click the Time Machine menu and choose "Enter Time Machine" from the drop-down menu;
  • You can make use of the arrows to move back and forth between snapshots or make use of the timeline on the right side to directly jump to the backups you need; (Search bar can also be used to find specific files in snapshots)
  • You can double-click a file to open and determine whether it is the one you need;
  • Select all the files you need and then click on "Restore" to put back them to the original place. (In the case that the files you deleted were originally located in different folders, you should recreate the folders for them in order to recover them all)

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That's all you should know on how to recover deleted files from Mac terminal.

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How Do You Deal with Mac Partition Recovery

In general, when partition gets into trouble, we think it's more important to rescue data from it than just fixing the partition. Therefore, Mac partition recovery can be simply divided into 2 categories – recovering data from damaged partition and recovering data from lost partition. Here, we'll show you how to perform file recovery on Mac in just a few easy steps.

method 1 Recover data from corrupted partition on Mac.

If the logical structure of a hard disk partition is damaged, the partition will corrupt. In this case, some files in the corresponding partition may be lost or you may not be able to access the partition. Common reasons that could lead to a corrupted Mac partition are – sudden power outage, bad programming, virus attack, etc.

At this time, we strongly suggest you run MiniTool Mac Data Recovery and follow the tips given below.

Step 1: open the software and click on "Damaged Partition Recovery" (if the partition is located on an external hard drive, please connect it to computer firstly).

Step 2: select the corrupted partition and press "Full Scan" button from lower right corner of software screen to detect files in it.

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Step 3: browse the files and folders found by the software at the end of the scan and then make your choice on which to recover. Check the files you need and press "Save" button to choose a storage place for them.

After all files were recovered, you can re-format the corrupted drive to fix errors and then transfer back the recovered data here.

But as we mentioned at the beginning, MiniTool Mac Data Recovery V3.0 - DEMO is only able to help you recover 1MB of data; you'll see a prompt window in the software, saying that you reached the file saving limit.

Here is our suggestion for solving this problem: save the current scan result by using "Export Scan Result" -> buy a license for the software and upgrade it -> choose to "Load manually saved scan result" from above interface -> check files to recover by pressing "Save".

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You may be eager to know how to recover data from a dead Mac when the whole disk is corrupted. Please read You're Able To Recover Data From Dead MacBook, That's Impressive to know the exact things you should do.

method 2 Recover data from deleted partition on Mac.

It really doesn't matter if your Mac partition has been formatted with HFS+ or not. What really matters is that a Mac partition can be lost due to lots of reasons: accidental deletion, virus/malware attack, partition table problems, etc.

Please don't ask how to restore deleted partition on Mac after reading the following steps.

Step 1: run the software to choose "Lost Partition Recovery" from the main window (if the deleted partition is lost from an external hard drive, please connect it to computer before this).

Step 2: select the target disk that contains the deleted partition, and then press "Full Scan" button to search for missing files.

Step 3: look through the scan result and select the files you want to recover by adding check marks in front of the certain files. Then, click on "Save" button to choose another drive to store them.

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When all those steps are done, you may create one or more new partitions and then transfer recovered data into it or them so as to put an end to Mac partition recovery.

As you can see easily, the external hard drive data recovery on Mac is almost the same with internal hard drive data recovery on Mac. The only difference lies in: you have to connect the external hard drive to Mac computer before recovery.

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Part 3 – What Is Mac OS X

OS X is actually the exclusive operating system developed by Apple for Mac series products. It is the pre-installed system, and simplicity is reflected everywhere. As far as we know, OS X is the world's first comprehensive operating system that is based on the FreeBSD and object-oriented.

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The "object-oriented operating system" is developed by NeXT founded by Steve Jobs after he was forced to leave Apple in 1985. Later, Apple acquired NeXT, so Steve Jobs served as CEO of Apple again. Hence, the Mac OS system starts to be integrated into OpenStep system, developed by NeXT.

In fact, OS X is completely separated from the previous Macintosh operating system, and its underlying code is completely different from the previous version. OS X includes its own software development program and its major feature is the integrated development environment called Xcode.

History of Mac OS X Versions

  • Mac OS X 10.0 Cheetah, released on March 24, 2001.
  • Mac OS X 10.1 Puma, released on September 25, 2001.
  • Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar, released on August 24, 2002.
  • Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, released on October 24, 2002.
  • Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, released on April 29, 2005.
  • Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, released on August 7, 2006.
  • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, released on June 9, 2008.
  • Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, released on October 20, 2010.
  • Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, released on July 25, 2012.
  • Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, released on June 10, 2013.
  • Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, released on June 3, 2014.
  • Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, released on September 30, 2015.
  • Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra, released on June 13, 2016.

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Main Features of Mac OS X

  • 64-bit technology. It allows for 64-bit and 32-bit switch through a third-party Mode Selector.
  • Grand Central Dispatch. It helps program compilers use multi-core compilation to enhance software multi-core support.
  • OpenCL. It is a new technology that helps the image processor achieve ultimate effect to accelerate application performance.
  • NeXT-type program service. It helps to provide global spelling checker and other powerful tools.
  • Spotlight. It allows the real-time search of data files, mail messages, photos and other information based on the project features or content.
  • Automator. It is an application designed to create an automated workflow for different tasks.

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Part 4 – Summary

All in all, when any important files or partitions (containing useful files) disappear from Mac OS, the first thing to do is always Mac file recovery. But what makes it difficult is that the vast majority of Mac users are not experienced in Mac OS X data recovery.

We want to be helpful, so in part 2, we offer different solutions for users to choose in order to complete file recovery on Mac in different data loss situations. We think we have shown the specific steps clear enough to them. They should just follow the instructions to get back lost files quickly. After that, they can choose to rebuild the partition or not.

In part 3, we give a brief introduction to Mac OS X and its versions & main features. Now, this is the end of the article. Should you come across any problems during recovery, please feel free to leave a message.

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