How to Recover Overwritten Files on Mac

If your files on Mac got overwritten or replaced, in this article you can learn how to recover overwritten files on Mac within a few simple clicks.

Oct 29,2019 • Filed to: Solve Mac Problems • Proven solutions

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Can you recover overwritten files?

"Hi... A consultant from mine came in to re-install some files today. Unfortunately, she overwrote some files by the same names. Were there any possible ways out there that can recover overwritten files from Mac?"

Yes, there are ways to help you recover overwritten files on Mac. If you have maintained a backup copy of your Mac before the overwriting, you can use Time Machine to retrieve them. If you do not backup, you still don't need to worry. The overwritten files are still on your Mac. What you need to do is to stop using your Mac and look for a Mac File Recovery program to help you.

Part 1. The Best Software to Recover Overwritten Files on Mac

Here you can use Recoverit Data Recovery for Mac . This Mac data recovery software is able to recover a variety of files from your Mac, no matter if your files were overwritten or replaced on your Mac or other storage media. This file recovery program also offers a powerful data recovery solution for you to scan Mac and recover overwritten files.

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Recoverit - Recover Replaced Files in 3 Steps

  • Recover data from all storage devices with a 96% success rate.
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Part 2. How to Recover Overwritten Files on Mac

Accidentally saved over a Word document Mac? How do you recover a document you saved over? The section can tell you how to recover overwritten files on Mac in less than no time.

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How to Recover a Replaced Word Document on Mac Without Time Machine

Download and install Recoverit Data Recovery on your Mac. In this guide, we will focus on how to recover overwritten or replaced files on Mac. If you are working on PC computer, you can download Recoverit Data Recovery Windows version and follow the similar steps.

Step 1 Select the Overwritten Location

Launch Recoverit Mac Data Recovery. To recover replaced or saved-over document on Mac, you need select a location where your files were deleted or overwritten. Click the "Start" button to get started.

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Step 2 Scan the Replaced Drive

Recoverit File Recovery will start an all-around scan to search the selected Mac hard drive for your overwritten files. When the software is working, you can simultaneously filter and find the files you need.

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Step 3 Preview and Recover Overwritten Files

After the scan, all found files will be listed based on different categories and can be displayed in different views. You can preview your recoverable files and click "Recover" button to get them back.

Note: After recovering lost files on Mac, please do not save recovered files in their original locations, because this would lead to issue with the permanent loss of data.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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