How to Recover Overwritten Files on Mac

Hi... A consultant from mine came in to re-install some files today. Unfortunately, she overwrote some file by the same names. Is 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 unfortunately you have not, 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 data recovery program to help you.

Part 1: The Best Mac Data Recovery Software

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 on your Mac or your digital camera, external hard disk, memory cards etc. This program also offers a trial version for you to scan your Mac or your device for overwritten files.

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  • Supports to recover data for sudden deletion, formatting, hard drive corruption, virus attack, system crash under different situations.

Part 2: How to Recover Overwritten Files on Mac

Note: This program only supports Mac recovery. To recover overwritten files on Windows, Windows users should download Recoverit Data Recovery for Windows to recover overwritten file from Windows computer.

Step 1. Launch Recoverit on your Mac, you should select a data recovery mode first. You can select "Deleted Files Recovery" to start.

select a data recovery mode to Recover Overwritten Files on Mac

Step 2. It will start a quick scan to search overwritten files, you can simply preview some recoverable files after the scan.

Select a disk to Recover Overwritten Files on Mac

If you can't find your lost files after the quick scan, go to "All-Around Recovery" option which will help you search more lost files from Mac hard drive, but it will take more time than quick scan.

scan overwritten files to recover on Mac

Step 3. After the scan, all found files will be listed to the left of the window. You can check whether the found files are what you want to retrieve by file names.

You can then select files that you are going to restore and click "Recover" to save them to your Mac.

Note: Please do not save recovered files in their original locations, because this would lead to issue with overwritten data.

recover overwritten files from mac

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 restart your Mac.

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