What is the best way to recover deleted files on a Mac?


My wife accidentally deleted some files on her Mac and wants me to help her recover them. I'm a Windows user and I've used Recova in the past with some success on PCs, but I'm not sure what would be the best way to go about trying to undelete Mac files. What do Mac users suggest using for file recovery?

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You might want to check out Disk Drill as well.  It is not freeware to actually use Disk Drill to recover files, but it is free to install.  Which is nice.  I guess.  Whatever, it is worth paying for anyway.  It is very user friendly, so if you are not a Mac user, it should still be painless to use.


To recover deleted files on Mac OS X ,i use UFUSoft Mac File Recovery   The UFUSoft File Recovery for Mac is a comprehensive Mac data recovery software to recover lost/deleted data from Mac Hard Drive and Other Storage Devices.     www.data-photo-recovery-software.com/file-recovery-for-mac   * Completely recover deleted, formatted and lost data. * Recover documents, images, videos, audio, emails, and archives. * Recover Mac data from Mac hard drives and most storage devices. * Preview lets you enjoy data recovery in advance. * An easy-to-use wizard, no prior recovery skills needed. * Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9    

I Have been running Stellar Phoenix the whole day. It is still running but it looks like it has recovered 52GB, will be interesting to see if it actually pulls proper files back or if the 52GB is all gibberish.On their site it states that it even pulls data from "Undelete all your files, folders, documents even after completely emptying the Trash by hitting 'Command+Shift+Option+Backspace'."And: "Recover any Mac Partition/Volume that has been deleted months ago. With Stellar Mac Data Recovery, you can search and list all the previously existed volumes in your Mac hard drive."So I'm holding thumbs. Will keep you guys posted if it was all successful

I have just used Mac data recovery to recover the lost data. You can find the information here: http://bit.do/Mac-data-recovery
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Is your Mac set up with Time Machine? If so you should be able to get the deleted files that way. Click the Time Machine icon in the dock. Then go back to before you deleted the files, they are probably still available.


That link will take you to a page about Time Machine. Click the Restoring Data From Time Machine Backups option. That should get you started.

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Is your Mac set up with Time Machine? If so you should be able to get the deleted files that way. Click the Time Machine icon in the dock. Then go back to before you deleted the files, they are probably still available.


That link will take you to a page about Time Machine. Click the Restoring Data From Time Machine Backups option. That should get you started.


You can find Data Rescue 3 here: http://tinyurl.com/recover-delete-file It is not free, but will let you see what it can recover and will recover one test file without a purchase. As for firewire target disk mode, the hard drive should show up as if it were an external hard drive on the other Mac, with or without any data recovery software. You may even be able to copy the files over directly, and not bother with the recover software.
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Maybe you can try Kvisoft Data Recovery for Mac, it can recover deleted files on Mac only in three steps:

Step 1. Launch the software to scan the device where your files deleted

Step 2: Preview the scan result files and make mark if it is the one you find

Step 3: Recover files


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. I advise to you to try Hetman Data Recovery Pack. The program is simple in use for beginners, but, at the same time, used advanced technologies are rather strong to interest specialists in restoration of data.Thanks to completely automatic step-by-step master, Hetman Data Recovery Pack will help to select the correct scan mode and other necessary options for restoration of files. The master will carry out you through all process of restoration of information for only some simple steps.

This product has the similar interface and works, as well as a standard window of the conductor. Everyone who is familiar with Windows Explorer operation will feel comfortably by operation from Hetman Data Recovery Pack. The program will display disk contents, showing remote files and folders on those places where they settled down before deleting.

The embedded function of print preview supports hundreds file formats. All most widespread formats of images, office documents, electronic spreadsheets, presentations, electronic letters and other files can be viewed before restoration.

Recovery functions, which were switched on in Hetman Data Recovery Pack, can interest professional users and specialists in restoration of data. Opportunity to create the full copy of a disk and to work with the virtual image instead of the real carrier allows to reduce considerably number of appeals to this disk that is very important by operation with the damaged carriers. Saving of files on CD/DVD disks or sending them through FTP connection are convenient in case of restoration of a large number of information.



Siu PoNing
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If you have backup, the best way is restoring from backup. If not, you have to use mac data recovery software to recover deleted photos from Mac.

Leon Williamson
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Does your wife use Time Machine on the Mac? If so, I think it would be easy to recover the deleted files.

If not, she may need a tool to recover deleted files for Mac. There are quite a lot of choices.

Good luck!

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Not familiar with data-recovery issues.

I wonder if any apps can help you recover files by folders.

Some of my friends use Data Recovery Pro to restore deleted data.

I've never used because it's expensive.

Banzee Simmons
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there is no better option of data recivery than going for the Mac time machine, http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1427 ,  It not only keeps backup of your latest files but also comes with the trust of mac.. But the only drawback I find in it is, it is either scheduled or you an do it manually but what if yu want to recover files which you accidently deleted after your latest backup?? For thise situations, you can go for any of the 3rd party Data Recovery Software for Mac, which comes really handy in these data apocalypse situations..

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Don't panic, I suggest an advance or professional mac data recovery software. You can use third-party software Kernel for Mac Data Recovery Tool. It can quickly recover lost and deleted files.

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Try MAC data recovery and recover deleted data. Free download click here http://data-recovery-tools.weebly.com/mac-data-recovery.html

Vishal Chaudhary
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Ever since I started working on OS X Mac, I have face data loss on couple of occassions. And that too on different types, first due to hard drive formatting and secondly due to logical corrupt hard drive. Though it looked as if I will be unable to recover my drive again, Stellar Phoenix Mac data recovery software helped me each time to recover files from corrupt & formatted disk. This tool is genius.

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