How to Recover Lost Files on Mac (High Sierra Also Fully Supported)

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It is a painful moment that you lost files on Mac and have to try hard to recover the lost files from Mac. Actually, there are many issues that will case files loss while you’re using the Mac, macOS system corruption, the hard drive corruption, system errors, intentional or unintentional hard drive formatting, etc. In this case, the best way to prevent files loss on Mac is to back them up regularly to an external hard drive. Anyway, if you lost files on Mac, try the following 3 simple ways to recover the lost files from Mac.

Method #1. Recover Lost Files from Mac Trash Can

Whenever you realize you have lost files on Mac, the first place to looking for these lost files is to check out the trash can. If you deleted the files unconscientiously and it happened within 30 days, then it is very likely you can find them in the trash can. Find the trash can in Finder, point the mouse there to see the files. If you find the files, drag and drop them to the desktop.

You can also try to search for the lost files from trash can by using the spotlight. Click the spotlight icon on the top right of the window > type in the file name in the box > use Command + click way to select the files > click the "File" menu in the upper left corner for the screen > choose "Put Back".

Recover Lost Files from Mac Trash

Method #2. Restore Lost Files on Mac from Time Machine

If you have emptied the trash can, you can retrieve the lost files by restoring the backup from Time Machine. By default, Time Machine backs up every copy of your files regularly.

Click to open the Spotlight on the upper right of the window and type in "Time Machine" to search the app. It is an app with a clock on it. After then, open it. Click the folder from where you have lost the file in the left side of Time Machine window. Scroll down the window for the files you have lost > select file(s) and click the Restore button. Please note that only after you select the files, the Restore button will appear.

Restore Lost Files on Mac from Time Machine

Method #3. Recover Lost Files from Mac via iBeesoft Data Recovery

If you tried the above mentioned 2 ways and still can’t recover the lost files on Mac, you need a professional data recovery for help. Only with a professional tool, it is possible for you to scan and find the lost files from your hard drive. The sooner the better. Otherwise you will lose the chances to recover the lost files on Mac. All lost files are still on the hard drive at the first place, being inviable, and waiting to be overwritten by new data. If you can’t rescue them quickly, they will disappear soon.

The Mac data recovery I want to recommend to you is iBeesoft Data Recovery. It is a professional, reliable and trustworthy tool. It supports more than 200 file types, allowing you to recover the commonly used lost files from Mac. And it is quite easy to use, which only takes you 4 simple steps, you can see the target files are there. Here are the steps for how to use iBeesoft Data Recovery to recover lost data on Mac.

Step 1. Download Mac Lost Files Recovery Software

Click the download button to download the installation package of iBeesoft Data Recovery for Mac. Next, double-click the .dmg, then drag the icon to the APP folder to install it there. It is a secure tool. Feel free to use it.

Step 2. Target the File Types to Scan

Launch the Mac data recovery software and then you can see all the supported file types are checked by default. Please only keep the file types you need checked, and uncheck the unwanted ones, preparing for the scanning process. Click "Start".

mac file recovery

Step 3. Select Partition to Scan

After selecting the file types to scan, then you’re supposed to select the partition on the Mac to scan for the lost files. All partitions are displayed in the main window. Select the one where the target files are lost and click the "Scan" button, letting the software scan for the lost files on Mac.

scanning hard drive to recover lost files

Step 4. Recover Lost Files on Mac

There is a progress bar on the software telling you how it goes on with the scanning process. Next, after the scanning process, all found files are displayed in the main window. All files are sorted into category. Find the one on the right side, and checkout the files on the right side. Select the files you want and click "Recover" to save them back to your Mac again.

recover lost file on mac

The default scanning mode is Quick Scan. If you can’t find the expected result in the windows, please try "Deep Scan". It will scan deeper for the lost files for you.

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