How to Recover Deleted Files on Mac

Aug 02,2018 • Filed to: Solve Mac Problems • Proven solutions


No matter which Mac machine one owns, data loss scenarios are pretty common and they come into view irrespective of the version of Mac OS X. File system corruption is one of the major causes that result in huge data losses. Even the desktop-based Macs, such as iMac and more, are susceptible to file system failure due to issues like power failures, abrupt system shutdown, including when the hard drives become too old, they get so many of their sectors turned into bad ones, which the read/write head fails to read.

How to Recover Mac Deleted Files

Since file system is the key utility that manages the record of individual files saved on the hard drive, corruption of it leads to data inaccessibility or data loss at the end of the day. Losing your files and other data can be very frustrating. To help you handle such situations, Recoverit Mac data recovery software is there to restore all your important data. This Mac file recovery software works perfectly to recover deleted, formatted or inaccessible documents, photos, music, videos, emails, folders, and archive files etc. from your Mac notebooks, desktops and multiple storage devices including external hard drive, USB drive, SD card, memory card, digital camera, MP3/MP4 player etc.

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If you would like to recover data from any removable device, connect it to the computer before launching the program. Make a click on the "Recoverit for Mac" application icon on your Mac desktop.

  1. Select the scenario
  2. To recover deleted files on Mac, you can select the option "Deleted Files Recovery" to start performing lost file recovery.

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  3. Select the path of the lost files
  4. Select the location where you lost your files are originally stored, and then click on "Start" to go on. Recoverit will quickly scan your lost files.

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  5. Turn to "All-around Recovery" mode
  6. After the quick scan, if you can't find your files, please turn to "All-around Recovery" for more files. However, it will take longer time.

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  7. Preview and recover your lost files
  8. After the scan, have a preview of the founded files, select that one which you want to recover and click on "Recover" to get your lost file back.

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Note: Recover Lost Mac Data under Mac OS X 10.13 (High Sierra)

Due to macOS High Sierra (macOS 10.13) requirement, Mac users are not allowed an access to the built-in system drive from any apps. Therefore, if you need to restore lost data from the system disk under macOS 10.13, please "disable System Integrity Protection" first.

How to disable "System Integrity protection"? Please follow the steps below.

Step 1Reboot the Mac and hold down"Command + R" keys simultaneously after you hear the startup chime, this will boot OS X into Recovery Mode.

Step 2When the "OS X Utilities" screen appears, pull down the "Utilities" menu at the top of the screen instead, and choose "Terminal".

Step 3In the "Terminal" window, type in "csrutil disable" and press "Enter" then restrart your Mac.

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