How to Recover Overwritten Files from Mac - 3 Steps Tested in 2019

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

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Mac users will still make a few mistakes here and there on Mac. While some mistakes are simple like deleting a file which can be fixed by a simple solution- getting it back from the Trash, some other mistakes are not easy to fix. In particular, when the files are overwritten it will become a little tough to solve. However, in this article solutions and tips will be outlined to our users to know how to recover overwritten files from Mac.

A few scenarios where overwritten files happen, include:

  • You are copying new files on your Mac, and in the process, you say "Yes" to replacing files with the same names. As a result, your original files lost on the Mac.
  • You rename a file and it has a conflicting name with another one, and in the process, you do not change the names and it cause losing the file.

These are just some common scenarios that may lead to lost files because of the overwritting. When this happens, your files are not even in the trash. Does it indicate that they are not recoverable? Well, you don't need to worry because they are still in your Mac, and you can recover overwritten files from Mac using a simple in-built utility.

Part 1: Recover Overwritten Files from Mac Time Machine

Time Machine is a built-in software that comes with all Mac PCs. It is a simple to use utility that can help you get back your data on Mac with ease. Time Machine regularly backs up the selected data on your Mac, which is what makes it possible to recover overwritten files on Mac.

In order to use Time Machine for getting back those files caused by overwritten, here are what you have to do.

Before you begin using Time Machine

Before you make use of time machine to recover overwritten files on Mac, you will need to check if this feature is switched on in your Mac. If it is not on, then click on the button to switch on Time Machine in your Mac.

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Step 1: Start Time Machine

The first thing that you need to do is to start Time Machine. For this, go to the Time Machine Menu on the top bar of your Mac, and click on "Enter Time Machine". You can also click on the "Time Machine" option present in the Dock.

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Step 2: Finding the particular files and folders

From this screen, you have to select the files/folders that you are looking to recover. You can even search for particular files that you think were overwritten, and recover the ones that you require. Once you have selected the desired files, click on Restore and you will have your files back in no time!

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Thus, in just these few steps, you will be able to recover your overwritten files from Mac using time machine.

However, the issue with this method is that you must have enabled backups via Time Machine in order to recover overwritten files from Mac through this procedure. However, not all of the Mac users are familiar with Time Machine, and if you have not done this before, don't be panic- it is quite a common situation. This does not mean that you cannot get back your files, for there is a better Mac data recovery software that you can use in such a scenario.


Part 2: Recover Overwritten Files from Mac with Recoverit for mac

Recoverit Data Recovery for Mac is a piece of excellent software to recover overwritten files from Mac. Some of the features that make it one of the best choices for getting back your overwritten files on Mac include:

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How to Recover Replaced Files on Mac

Let us now go ahead and see what you need to do to recover overwritten files Mac with ease.

Step 1: Select the drive/location

To recover files from Mac, you can go to select the specific hard disk to start lost file recovery. Select the particular drive or partition where the files were before they resided prior to being overwritten. Once you have done that, click on "Start" to scan your drive quickly.

select a drive to recover the saved-over files

Step 2: Scan the selected drive

Recoverit will start to scan your selected hard drive on Mac all around in the read-only mode. The scan is aimed to find your overwritten or replaced files on Mac hard drive or external device.

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Step 3: Preview and recover replaced files

After the scanning, you can preview recoverable files and click "Recover" to save them in another different and safe location.

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Part 3: Tips for Recovering Overwritten Files on Mac

Thus, now you know the best ways to recover overwritten files from Mac. Any such situations in the future should not bring you too much trouble. However, even with an extremely efficient Mac data recovery software like Recoverit data recovery, there are a few things that you must take care of to make recovery smoother with a higher successful rate, such as:

  • Never save the recovered lost files in the same drive or destination where they were prior to deletion.
  • Avoid using any third-party utility for deleting or partitioning your hard drive and its files.
  • Ensure that the Time Machine utility and regular backups on it are configured and working in the right fashion.
  • Before you begin scanning to recover overwritten files Mac, it would be better if you limited the results either by file type or by a specific location. It would speed up the scan, make the results more efficient and overall save you a lot of effort and time.

All you have to do is to take care of simple things like these, and you will be able to make the most of the Mac data recovery software to recover overwritten files from Mac with ease!

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 1On hearing the startup chime, reboot the Mac and hold down "Command + R" keys simultaneously to 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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