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May 29, 2012

What is the best way to recover deleted files on a Mac?

My wife accidentally deleted some files on her Mac and wants me to help her recover them. I'm a Windows user and I've used Recova in the past with some success on PCs, but I'm not sure what would be the best way to go about trying to undelete Mac files. What do Mac users suggest using for file recovery?

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05/29/2012
Is your Mac set up with Time Machine? If so you should be able to get the deleted files that way. Click the Time Machine icon in the dock. Then go back to before you deleted the files, they are probably still available.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1427

That link will take you to a page about Time Machine. Click the Restoring Data From Time Machine Backups option. That should get you started.
04/08/2015
I think you must stop using your Mac immediately! The more likely the now free space will be overwritten by new data, making recovery anywhere from difficult to impossible.
http://www.uflysoft.net/data-recovery/data-recovery-for-mac/
03/12/2015
If you are not so familiar with computer operating system, I suggest you to use third party data recovery software to get back your files. After all, computer operating system is an complicated thing and if you operate wrongly, it may lead to the system crashed which make the easy recovery task become system restore or cannot be fixed. This is the result you don't want to see.Equally, you can do the things under Windows platform, so does Mac OS platform can be, even better. Now I will introduce lots of famous data recovery apps:
1. "http://download.cnet.com/Mac-Free-Any-Data-Recovery/3000-2242_4-76116450.html Mac Free Any Data Recovery
There are more free apps on CNET, you can go and check them out.In normal situation, the above free apps can fit your requirements, but if they are still not working, you can try some paid apps like uFly Data Recovery for Mac http://bit.ly/1EVlR0q MacKeeper http://bit.ly/1EVmEyn
All these are enough for data recovery. I have met the situation like yours when I used my Mac before and I have found and tried so many methods and leart a lot then I knew these. Hope these can help you a lot.
12/30/2015
I know that though as time goes by, there are still many user may meet this question like this post said: how to recover lost files if the computer hard drive is crashed?



Though it is difficult to do that, but in fact that data recovery is still be possible to perform. But the first thing users need to do is going to fix the hard drive first because I believe it is impossible to do any operation on a crashed drive.



Maybe you also know that fix a hard drive sometimes mean format it-all the files are gone. Is it true? Actually no.



Let's take formatting as an example. When you format a hard drive, it seems that all the files are gone you cannot find them anywhere. Actually, what the operating system does is only going to delete the catalog and free up the space of the files so that there is enough space for you to store new files into your hard drive later. At this moment, you still have chance to recover these files no matter you format your hard drive or delete files from your hard drive.



But one thing you need to pay attention to is that if you put any new files into your hard drive, these new files will occupy the space of the "deleted files"-this is the so-called data overwritten situation. Once this happens, you will lose the chance to recover the files.



12/26/2014
For fully free undelete software, use Photorec, a Mac Terminal program. A detailed step-by-step tutorial: http://installingcats.com/undelete-mac-files-free/
V
07/02/2014

Ever since I started working on OS X Mac, I have face data loss on couple of occassions. And that too on different types, first due to hard drive formatting and secondly due to logical corrupt hard drive. Though it looked as if I will be unable to recover my drive again, Stellar Phoenix Mac data recovery software helped me each time to recover files from corrupt & formatted disk. This tool is genius.

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07/02/2014

Don't panic, I suggest an advance or professional mac data recovery software. You can use third-party software Kernel for Mac Data Recovery Tool. It can quickly recover lost and deleted files.

12/11/2014
Yep you can retrieve data by yourself. There are programs to do that. For example kroll ontrack easyrecovery.

I used it few times.

Try http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1400764

But there is a sad news. I'm not sure but most of these programs work with NTFS and FAT32 files systems. I recently tried to find something that would work with ext4 but I was unsuccessful. So, because OS X is using HFS+ file system there could be problem with software. But I can't believe that they don't exist.

To sum up try to google "recovering HFS+ partition" or find program for recovering data that can work with HFS+ file system.

Good luck!
05/09/2014

there is no better option of data recivery than going for the Mac time machine, http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1427 ,  It not only keeps backup of your latest files but also comes with the trust of mac.. But the only drawback I find in it is, it is either scheduled or you an do it manually but what if yu want to recover files which you accidently deleted after your latest backup?? For thise situations, you can go for any of the 3rd party Data Recovery Software for Mac, which comes really handy in these data apocalypse situations..

M
03/09/2014

Not familiar with data-recovery issues.

I wonder if any apps can help you recover files by folders.

Some of my friends use Data Recovery Pro to restore deleted data.

I've never used because it's expensive.

A
08/30/2013

Maybe you can try Kvisoft Data Recovery for Mac, it can recover deleted files on Mac only in three steps:

Step 1. Launch the software to scan the device where your files deleted

Step 2: Preview the scan result files and make mark if it is the one you find

Step 3: Recover files

 

G
08/05/2013

. I advise to you to try Hetman Data Recovery Pack. The program is simple in use for beginners, but, at the same time, used advanced technologies are rather strong to interest specialists in restoration of data.Thanks to completely automatic step-by-step master, Hetman Data Recovery Pack will help to select the correct scan mode and other necessary options for restoration of files. The master will carry out you through all process of restoration of information for only some simple steps.

This product has the similar interface and works, as well as a standard window of the conductor. Everyone who is familiar with Windows Explorer operation will feel comfortably by operation from Hetman Data Recovery Pack. The program will display disk contents, showing remote files and folders on those places where they settled down before deleting.

The embedded function of print preview supports hundreds file formats. All most widespread formats of images, office documents, electronic spreadsheets, presentations, electronic letters and other files can be viewed before restoration.

Recovery functions, which were switched on in Hetman Data Recovery Pack, can interest professional users and specialists in restoration of data. Opportunity to create the full copy of a disk and to work with the virtual image instead of the real carrier allows to reduce considerably number of appeals to this disk that is very important by operation with the damaged carriers. Saving of files on CD/DVD disks or sending them through FTP connection are convenient in case of restoration of a large number of information.

 

 

L
06/21/2013

Does your wife use Time Machine on the Mac? If so, I think it would be easy to recover the deleted files.

If not, she may need a tool to recover deleted files for Mac. There are quite a lot of choices.

Good luck!

d
05/30/2012

You might want to check out Disk Drill as well.  It is not freeware to actually use Disk Drill to recover files, but it is free to install.  Which is nice.  I guess.  Whatever, it is worth paying for anyway.  It is very user friendly, so if you are not a Mac user, it should still be painless to use.

05/29/2012
Is your Mac set up with Time Machine? If so you should be able to get the deleted files that way. Click the Time Machine icon in the dock. Then go back to before you deleted the files, they are probably still available.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1427

That link will take you to a page about Time Machine. Click the Restoring Data From Time Machine Backups option. That should get you started.
W
03/07/2014

You can find Data Rescue 3 here:


http://tinyurl.com/recover-delete-file


It is not free, but will let you see what it can recover and will recover one test file without a purchase.


As for firewire target disk mode, the hard drive should show up as if it were an external hard drive on the other Mac, with or without any data recovery software. You may even be able to copy the files over directly, and not bother with the recover software.

Best answer
05/29/2012
Is your Mac set up with Time Machine? If so you should be able to get the deleted files that way. Click the Time Machine icon in the dock. Then go back to before you deleted the files, they are probably still available.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1427

That link will take you to a page about Time Machine. Click the Restoring Data From Time Machine Backups option. That should get you started.
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