Mac File Recovery Tips


You deleted a file by mistake and emptied your Trash Bin. Nothing to beat yourself up about; this happens to all of us sometime or the other. Read on to know how Mac file recovery is possible.

It Is Possible To Do Mac File Recovery

As long as OS X has not re-used the directory and cataloged the information yet, Mac file recovery is very much possible. Stop working immediately as soon as you realize you’ve lost an important file. Recovering a deleted file is made simpler in Macs owing to OSX. In OSX, the HFS+ file system helps to make accidentally deleted files recoverable. When a file is deleted from Mac, only the file’s reference is deleted. The file contents are still available on disk and can be recovered. OSX’s Finder Tool might not be able to find the file since the reference has been deleted. However, a good undelete software can find it.

Use Mac FileSalvage

You can use FileSalvage to accomplish Mac file recovery. FileSalvage is an extremely powerful undelete software that allows you to recover deleted files from a drive or volume. FileSalvage can restore files that have been accidentally deleted, have become unreadable, or were lost due to disk formatting.

FileSalvage can help you restore your lost files, iTunes libraries, iPhoto collections, and to rescue data that has been lost. FileSalvage has been built for your OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.5 Leopard, or 10.4 Tiger.

Use Mac Data Recovery

Mac Data Recovery is another undelete software that uses a signature search to find your deleted file. Each file has its own individual signature that the tool scans to find. In some cases, it may only find parts of the file, but you can also use Mac Data Recovery’s Intelligent Scan, which searches for other file attributes, in addition to file signature, to locate your lost data

Other Undelete Tools

The following tools work even if you are trying to recover deleted Mac emails, your Address Book contacts, or any other file or deleted photos on your Mac.

  • Data Rescue 3, which is a powerful file restoration tool. The tool’s search algorithms can recognize more than 100 popular file types for improved recovery results. You can also download a bootable DVD image to recover files from a computer that refuses to start.
  • Stellar Phoenix Macintosh Data Recovery is one of the known utilities that can recover and restore lost or deleted from Mac drives. This Mac Recovery utility supports Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.5 Leopard, 10.4 Tiger, and 10.3.9 Panther.

How To Save Recovered Data

Always ensure that you save recovered data in a disk or volume that’s different from the disk or volume from which the original file was deleted. This ensures that you don’t accidentally overwrite on the space that was occupied by the file that was originally deleted. This is just a precaution, as you might want to try to recover the data again till you get the content you want.


This article has been contributed by David Ritchie. David is a software developer and technical writer with over 10 years of professional experience. He is currently interested in Mac YouTube downloader software.

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