How to Recover Deleted Files from External Hard Drive on Mac

Ever since media storage devices were introduced, their risks were born along with them. The storage of important data is one of the most important things. In order to back up data, users use all kinds of ways. One of the ways to back up and store data is through external hard drives. But the troubles occurrence with the media/data storage devices such as external hard drives. These troubles may cause the data stored in them become unusable either because it's lost or corrupted. Also, human error by accidental deletion of external hard drives can cause the data loss. We have dicussed what we can do to recover files on Windows, now we will talk about how to recover files from external hard drive on Mac. Firstly, data loss is based on these factors in general:

Part 1: The Best External Hard Drive Recovery Software

You will need a reliable data recovery software to help you recover deleted files from external hard drive on Mac, the external hard drive recovery software support to recover deleted or lost files from any storage devices. Recoverit data recovery for Mac is a reliable and effective external hard drive recovery software, with "Externla Devices Recovery" mode you can recover data from external hard drive on Mac and other storage devices easily and safety.

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Part 2: How to Recover Deleted Files from External Hard Drive on Mac

Download and install Recoverit external devices recovery on your Mac. Connect the external hard drive through USB to your Mac and launch Recoverit. Follow the next steps to restore deleted files on Mac.

Step 1: Select a data recovery mode: To recover deleted files from external hard drive, you should select the "External Devices Recovery" mode to start.

select external devices recovery mode to recover files from external hard drive on Mac

Note: Make sure your external hard drive connected to your Mac and recognized.

Step 2: Select the location of external hard drive where your data lost/deleted, click "Start" button to scan.

select external hard drive to recover files from external hard drive on Mac

Step 3: It will start a first scan to search your deleted files, you can preview some recoverable files after scanning and get them back.

scan files to recover files from external hard drive on Mac

Step 4: If you cannot find your files from the scanned result, you can try "All-Around Recovery" option which will deeply scan and search more files from hard drive. While it will take more time than first scan.

deep scan to recover files from external hard drive on Mac

Step 5: After the scan is complete a list of files found in the scan will be display on the left pannel. You can select the specfic files to preview and click "Recover" button to get your files back..

preview and recover files from external hard drive on Mac

Note: Please do not save any recovered files into the external hard drive which you lost files.

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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