How To Recover Deleted File From Mac Hard Drive

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Recover mac data from hard drive using these steps

It’s a sinking feeling for us when we come to know that our precious audio and video files are accidentally deleted. Data from the hard drive in your Mac may also get deleted due to various reasons, such as:

  • Accidental deletion or formatting of the hard drive 
  • Virus or malware attacks
  • Accidentally deleting the files from the trash
  • Accidentally pressing Command + shift + delete keys
  • Improper file transfer (Abrupt pause during file transfer)
  • Using a Mac Drive Cleaner that accidentally sweeps the files

All these above stated reasons could result to a huge loss of data in Mac. In order to avoid these situations, first and foremost the user should make a proper and a regular on another hard drive to keep the data intact. Backup should be made from time to time, such that the newly added photos, audio and video don’t get lost. Here are other precautions that a user should follow if he forgets to make a backup:

  • Proper shut down procedure
  • Installing licensed anti-virus software
  • Keeping system up-to-date
  • Making a power back up to avoid sudden power surge

All these above procedures should be followed properly but a time may come that a user accidentally forgets all these ways. In that case what to opt? The solution is with the Mac users only – the TIME MACHINE application.


Time Machine is a built-in software application that is provided in the Apple computers operating system. The software works with the Time Capsule storage and works with internal and external disk drives. This in-built software has the ability to create incremental backups of files, such as photos, contacts, calendar events, audios and videos.

Compatibility of Time Machine

  • Volumes connected to the local machine (local storage)
  • Network resources shared from other Mac

Time Capsule

Process of recovery from time machine:

  • Step 1: Select “System Preferences” and click on “Time Machine”.
  • Step 2: Slide the Time Machine bar to “ON” state.
  • Step 3: Click “Select Backup Disk” and opt for the disk for Time Machine backup.
  • Step 4: The hard drive will be formatted for backups and first backup will start in two minutes.
  • Step 5: From Time Machine menu, select “Enter Time Machine”.
  • Step 6: In the Time Machine window, choose the file or folder to restore.
  • Step 7: Find the file or folder and then click Restore button.
  • Step 8: The recovered files will be copied back to its original location on hard drive.

This process will successfully recover your lost or deleted audio or video files on Mac. But in case, the external hard drive gets corrupt while you are making a backup, then what will be the solution? The user should opt for third party software like Mac Data Recovery to restore documents, photos, music or videos lost due to deletion from any HFS, HFS+ file system.

Option 1: Disk Drill Pro

Disk Drill Pro is a good option for such data recovery problem. Disk Drill software is a feature packed professional software that can extremely useful for individuals and enterprises. This software can recover lost data from any type of storage device. This software is available absolutely free on Windows for unlimited use.

Disk Drill also has a windows version that is available on this page : Disk Drill Windows

Option 2: Stellar Phoenix

Stellar Phoenix is another popular choice for data recovery on Mac sytems. This software can efficiently perform Mac file recovery even from encrypted file systems. The deleted video and audio files are recovered with their original file names. In case the external hard drive gets corrupt during Time Machine Backup, this tool also supports Time Machine Backup data recovery.

Along with this, the recovery process can be stopped at any time and can be resumed later according to the user’s will. Lastly, the enhanced and interactive GUI will navigate the user to more easily recover lost data on any drive.

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