How to Recover Files on Mac OS X?

Mac OS X is Apple’s leading operating system developed on the basis of UNIX kernel and has won overwhelming popularity from the day of its release. It is favored by many of the computer users because of its user-friendly interface, functionality, security as well as succinct and innovative design. However along with the popularity of Mac OS X, the most terrible thing which is impossible to stop on Mac OS X computers is data loss. Roughly 100% of the people around the world lose some precious files that they want back at some point of time. Losing important files is every person’s worst nightmare. But what should you do if it happens to you? Keeping an updated copy of your important files is best solution but that’s not always possible – by the time you realize the need for back up, it may be too late!!!! It’s unfortunate fact of life. But fortunately undelete OS X utility is there to help you.

Some of the file loss scenarios on Mac OS X:

Catalog File Corruption: Catalog file is a system file. They play an important role for managing the files on Mac OS X. Each volume has a specific catalog file which stores all the necessary details about that volume. The nodes of the catalog file are used to access the files or folders stored on the volume. If the catalog file gets corrupted due to malware or spyware attack, then it becomes very difficult for the operating system to access the files and the entire volume becomes inaccessible leading to data loss.

Unintentional Formatting/Re-formatting: Unintentional formatting or re-formatting of Mac volumes without taking proper backup copy of essential files results in loss of entire files at one stretch. In addition to this usage of corrupted third party utilities to carry out the operation may cause errors leading to data loss. The volumes on the drive are deleted when formatted. In such situation, you can perform deleted partition recovery using the recovery software. Get More here on deleted partition recovery

Corruption of Journal File: Journal File is a log file which keeps track of every single modification done on the file system. It helps you to recover files after sudden system shut down due to fluctuations in voltage. Corruption of journal file marks invalid entries in the file system, which may corrupt the file system rendering file inaccessibility.

Emptying Mac Trash: Trash on Mac operating system is same as that of Recycle Bin in Windows operating system. What ever the files or folders deleted on Mac OS X will be moved to Trash, at later time if you want the file back you can restore it from Trash. However emptying the Trash before checking its contents results in loss of mistakenly deleted files residing in Trash.

Volume Header Corruption: Volume header stores all the essential information related to that particular volume such as total size of the volume, free space available on the volume, last modification date etc. The volume header gets corrupted due to software malfunction, improper system shut down, disk failure and on usage of pirated or outdated versions of third party application to modify the volume header. Corruption of volume header results in loss of files on a massive scale.

Additionally data loss occurs from Mac OS X computer due to the Presence of bad sectors on hard drive, Accidental deletion of files, Apple partition map corruption, Mac time machine failure, OS X bugs. No matter how the files were lost from your Mac hard drive, you can retrieve lost data by using undelete OS X utility. You can also get here additional resources to undelete external drive data on Mac.

Precautionary Measures to be followed after data loss:

  • Do not save or add new files to the volume from which files are to be recovered. If you continue to use Mac OS X computer to save the files after data loss, you may lose the files permanently beyond recovery.
  • Never install the recovery software on to the same storage drive which contains lost files. Because installation of data recovery utility may overwrite the files leading to permanent loss.

After following the above precautionary measures make use of undelete OS X utility to get back every single lost file from hard drive. The software helps you to restore deleted hard drive( easily. The data from hard drive will be deleted usually because of accidental deletion, format, reformat, emptying Trash, etc. The software supports SATA, SCSI, IDE, etc. hard drive brands. This utility facilitates you to recover files on Mac Leopard, Mac Snow Leopard, Mac Lion and Mountain Lion operating systems. It supports file recovery from FAT16, FAT32, HFS+ and HFSX formatted partitions/volumes. It has an ability to recover deleted images on Mac OS X captured with popular digital cameras such as Kodak, Fujifilm, Nikon, Canon, Sony and Samsung by using RAW signature file search mechanism. It supports recovery of different types of image file formats namely JPEG, JPG, GIFF, GIF, TIFF, PNG, BMP and RAW images with simple mouse clicks. This software also performs iTunes file recovery from iPod Shuffle, iPod Classic, iPod Nano & also other models of iPod devices. Go to the page to get more info about the recovery procedure. This non-destructive and easy-to-use application will never let you down during recovery process.

This utility helps you to recover deleted files from memory cards of different types including SD card, XD card, CF card, MMC and SDHC card. Peek In to get more about memory card recovery.The Universal Binary application embedded in the utility helps users to work with both Intel and PowerPC Mac platforms. The extraordinary “Find-Tool” of the utility helps you to easily locate required file in recovered data list with in a fraction of seconds. This utility is available in trial version, you can download, install and run the trial version to undelete Mac OS X files but you cannot save retrieved files in trial version because it just provides the preview of the recovered files in Mac finder styled interface. If you are happy with the trial version results purchase the complete version of the utility and save the files.

Steps to carryu out Mac OS X file recovery

Step1: First you need to download and install the Mac File Recovery Software to on your Mac machine. After you launch the software, a main screen appears with 3 options. Select “Recover Files” option from the main screen and then select either Recover Deleted Files option or “Recover Lost Files” option from the next screen.

Undelete OS X - Main Screen

Step 2: Now, select the storage device and click on “Next” option to recover files on Mac OS X Operating System.

Recover files from Mac - Hard Drive Selection Screen Screen

Step 3: Once the file recovery process gets completed successfully, view the recovered files by using “Preview” option. If you are satisfied with the recovery results buy the complete version of the application and save the files to secured location.

Retsore Mac files - Preview Screen

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