Recoverit Data Recovery can recover 1000+ types and formats of data from all storage devices in a variety of data loss situations.

The main file types can be photos, videos, audios, documents, archives, emails and many more. The storage devices include Windows or Mac hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SSD, digital camera, Drone camera, SD card, CF card, etc. It can also repair corrupted video files via its inbuilt video repairing tool.

1. Launch Recoverit on Mac

Before retrieving data on Mac, what we need to do is to let Recoverit run on your Mac. To launch the software, please follow the next simple steps.

  • Double click the “Recoverit” icon on the Mac Desktop.
  • Not there? Please go to “Finder” > “Applications” > “Recoverit” and double click the software.
  • For those who set a password, please input the password and press “Enter” or “Return” to launch Recoverit.
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2. Recover Files on Mac

Generally, the steps for recovering data are similar no matter what kind of computer you own, Windows or Mac.

To recover data on a computer, please follow the 3 steps.

  • Select a device
  • Scan the device
  • Preview and recover data

Step 1 Select a device

To recover data from Mac computer, please select a drive under the "Hard Disk Devices" tab or "Desktop" under the "Select location" tab.

If you know the exact file path of your lost data, you can also choose "Select Folder" under the "Quick Access" tab.

scanning lost files on mac

Step 2 Scan the location

Recoverit will start an all-around scan. With the advanced scanning and searching algorithm, all your lost, deleted or formatted data can be found.

You can pause or stop the scanning process if you find your data at any time.

scanning lost files on mac

If you wish to recover large-sized or complex videos, then you can also click on the “Advanced Video Recovery” feature on the bottom-left corner of the screen. This will perform a deep scan, particularly to recover lost videos. You can read further to know about this feature in detail.

1 Pinpoint files during the scanning

In case the results would yield an overwhelming amount of data, then you can filter the results. There is a panel on the right that can help you filter the results based on various parameters.

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Moreover, you can also directly search the keywords in the right-up box. Then Recoverit will recognize all the files referred to the keywords.

2 Pause or Stop the scanning

Even if Recoverit starts to scan the selected location for your lost data, you can pause or stop it at any time. You can suspend the scanning temporarily by clickingpause the data recovery, and the notice "Scanning Paused" will display on the progress bar. If you have found something you want, you can stop the process at any point by clicking on the stop stop data recoverydata recovery.

Step 3 Preview and Recover files

Recoverit allows users to preview the recoverable files before proceeding to the recovery step. If you are premium users, you can preview files with no limits. If you utilize the free version, you can still get a 10-second preview.

ou can select the targeted files and click the "Recover" button to retrieve your files back.

1 Preview files on Mac

Preview an image

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Preview a video

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Preview an audio file

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Preview a Word document

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Preview an Excel file

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Preview a PDF document

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Preview a Powerpoint document

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2 Recover and save Mac files

After reviewing the files and confirming they are what you want, you can now get them all back using Recoverit. Directly hit on the "Recover" button to retrieve your lost data back and choose a path to save the recovered files.

Please do not save the files on the hard disk where you deleted or lost the data before to prevent the overwriting of data.

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Note: The steps are applicable for recovering data from Mac’s internal hard drive. If you need to get data back from Mac’s Trash, external devices or a crashed Mac, please read a little further.

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3. Do Advanced Video Recovery

If you have lost your videos and can’t find them with the standard recovery method, then you can try the Advanced Video Recovery feature of Recoverit. It will perform a deep scan on the system and will let you get back heavy or complex videos with its advanced splicing algorithm.

Except for the provision to look for large-sized and complex videos with the help of its deep video scanning feature, Recoverit has updated the Professional Video Recovery feature. You can recover the HD, UHD, 4K, 8K videos using this feature.

Step 1 Select the “Advanced Video Recovery” mode

To start with, you need to select the Advanced Video Recovery option on the interface once you launch the software. Then you can click the “Start” button to run this process.

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You can select your videos files respectively from the external drives, such as cameras, mobiles devices, and other external disks, or select from hard disks in your PC.

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Once you launch the Advanced Video Recovery option, you have to select which disk and what kinds of video formats you want to scan. With this filter, it will cost less time to scan and find the target files.

Furthermore, MP4, MOV and AVI have been selected by default for they are the most common formats. You can cancel the default selection and choose again.

confirm advanced video recovery

Step 2 Complete the thorough scan

Recoverit 10 will take 2 or 3 scans to look for video files.

During the first scanning, it will find lost video files, which may be incomplete.

During the second scanning, it can merge video fragments and will take more time to complete the scan.

mac advanced video recovery scan

Step 3 Preview and Recover

In the end, you can just preview the recovered videos on the native interface of Recoverit. Simply select the videos you wish to get back and click on the “Recover” button. This will open a browser window, letting you locate the folder where you wish to save the videos. It is recommended to save them to another location instead of its original location to avoid the overwriting of data.

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4. Recover Files from Emptied Trash

Every time you delete a file temporarily, it is moved to Mac’ Trash. You can usually go to the Mac Trash to restore it afterward. However, if you delete files permanently or empty the Trash, Recoverit becomes an indispensable tool for you to get them back.

The data present on the Mac Trash can come from different sectors, partitions, hard drives or even external devices connected on Mac. Thus, scanning the Mac Trash for all data types will require a lot of time and bring some burden on your Mac.

To fix the problem, Recoverit offers 2 kinds of recovery modes, namely all-around recovery and deep recovery. The all-around recovery mode is to scan some frequently used files on the Trash, while the deep recovery mode can do the deep scan and even dig out the system files.

Step 1 Select the Trash

To restore Trash and retrieve deleted files from emptied Trash, select the recycle bin under the "Quick Access" as the target location. Click "Start" to commence the scan.

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Step 2 Scan the Trash

When it comes to Mac Trash recovery, there are two kinds of recovery modes. The all-around scan will be initiated first. It will take you a few minutes to finish it.

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If you cannot find the deleted or lost files, then you can try the "deep Recovery" option from the bottom of the interface. It will scan and search for more files from emptied Trash deeply, although more time is needed.

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Sit back and wait as the application would scan your Mac and recover the data deleted from its Trash folder. You can preview your files and even halt the scanning process as per your requirements.

Step 3 Preview and recover your data

After the scanning, you can locate, preview and select files before recovery. Finally, click "Recover" to retrieve the files back.

1 Locate Files

Once the scan is completed, you can utilize the below features to locate some specific data more quickly.

  • File Type: Filter results for specific file types, such as photos, multiple file types, or view all file types.
  • Time: This will let you filter files for specific dates on which they were modified or created.Toggle between the feature to show system files or hide system files.
  • File Size: To view all files irrespective of their size or files of a specific size (like 100-500 MB).
  • All Files: By clicking this, you can view all files or only view the deleted files.
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2 Preview files with Recoverit

Recoverit supports to preview different types and formats of data, falling back on different options.

  • Thumbnails
  • The "Preview" button
  • Double click a file
  • Toggle between different preview modes

3 Recover and save files from Mac Trash

Then, you can select the targeted files and click on the "Recover" button to retrieve your data back from Trash.

After recovering files, please do not save them to the same location. A different location like external hard drive or any other source is recommended.

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5. Restore Data from External Devices

Once you find the data stored on an external device gets lost, don’t worry! Recoverit can help you recover lost data from an external media connected to your Mac computer. Regardless of the type and model of the external device, you stand a good chance of getting them back using Recoverit. For example, external hard disks, memory cards, cameras, music players, pen drive, etc.

Step 1 Select the external media

To recover lost or deleted files from an external media, you should first connect it into your Mac, and then choose it as the target location for data scanning and searching.

mac external device recovery

Step 2 Scan the removable media

An all-around scan starts once you make the choice. It usually takes a few minutes.

During the process, you can filter and locate files of your choice.

scanning mac external device

Step 3 Preview and recover files

After it, Recoverit provides the preview function for you before recovery. A variety of files can be previewed, such as pictures, videos, movies, audios, music, documents, and so forth.

Then, select one or more files you want to restore and click "Recover" to get all of them back.

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6. Repair Corrupted Videos

Recoverit can repair your corrupt and damaged videos under different scenarios, including shooting, recording, transferring, editing, converting, or processing. It has a dedicated feature for Video Repair that you can access from its home. Just select the “Video Repair” option from the welcome screen and click on the “Start” button. The application has two different video repairing modes – Quick and Advanced that you can run according to your needs.

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Step 1 Add corrupted video

As the Video Repair application would be launched, you can simply add the corrupted videos on it. There is no restriction on the size of the video that you can add. Just drag and drop the videos from any location to Recoverit. You can also click on the add button to launch a browser window to locate the videos you want to repair.

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Step 2 Repair Corrupt Videos

As Recoverit would start the repairing process, you can simply wait for it to be completed. There is an indicator to let you know the progress of the repairing operation.

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1 Preview the repaired video

One the repairing process is completed, you can preview the results on the interface. Just click the Play button to prevew it.

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2 Advanced repair (add a sample video)

If the video has been severely damaged or the standard scan is not able to yield the expected results, then you can just click on the "Advanced Repair" option instead.

advanced repair
1 Add a sample video

To perform the advanced video repair, you need to first add a sample video to the application. The sample video should be of the same format as the corrupted video file and shot on the same device as well. The application will let you browse your Mac’s directory to add the sample video.

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2 Repair

Once the sample video is added, just start the video repair process and wait for a while as the advanced repair might take longer to repair your video file.

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Step 3 Save the repaired videos

In the end, you can just preview the video repairing results on the interface and save it on the location of your choice. A browser window will be launched, letting you save the repaired videos to a secure location on your Mac or any other source.

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7. Recover Data from Crashed Mac

Mac computer is less vulnerable to system crash compared to Windows computer. However, it does not mean the Mac crash will never happen. To recover data from a crashed or unbootable Mac, you need to boot it up at first.

Step 1 Preparations for Mac Crash Recovery

  • A blank USB flash drive or CD/DVD
  • A new computer that is working normally
  • Connect the bootable media to the new computer

Step 2 Create a bootable media

To recover lost data on a crashed Mac, you have to use Recoverit to create a bootable drive for starting the Mac up. The below steps can help you do that.

1 Select Mac Crash Recovery

The first step is to launch the data recovery software on the new computer and choose "Recover from Crash Computer" under the last tab. Click "Start" to go on.

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2 Select a USB drive

Recoverit can be used to create a bootable media to help you extract data from a crashed system.

Please insert a USB drive to create a bootable media drive. Once you connect it to your working computer, it will show in the drop-down box. Insert more than one external drives? Click the arrow to view the drop-down menu and choose a blank one. Click "Start" to go on.

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3 Backup and format data

To ensure the enough space on the USB drive, it will be formatted, and thus, all the data present on it will be wiped. So back up important files in advance.

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Click "Format" and the next interface will show you the procedure of formatting the USB drive.

4 Creating the bootable media

After the drive formatting, Recoverit starts creating the bootable media drive on Mac. During the process, do not remove the USB flash drive out of your Mac computer.

creating the bootable media

5 Finish creating bootable media

Usually a few minutes later, the bootable USB flash drive will be created.Then there will be a guide for you to boot your crahsed Mac.

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6 Boot crashed Mac from USB flash drive

  1. Plug in the bootable media drive to the unbootable Mac.
  2. Press and hold the Option key when restarting the computer.
  3. Select Recoverit Bootable Media Drive when it appears.

Step 3 Recover data from crashed Mac

  • After finishing the above steps, select files to copy.
  • Connect a good hard drive to the crashed Mac.
  • For the destination, choose the hard drive you connect, and click “Start Copy” button. Then the screen shows the process of copying data from the crashed Mac to the hard drive.
  • When the copying process is finished, it will show “Copy files completed!”.

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