How to Recover Data/Files from Mac Hard Drive?

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While you’re using a Mac to work or study, it is very likely you need to recover files from the hard drive on the Mac. There are multiple reasons for why you lost the data from Mac hard drive. Basically, they are:

Whether how you lost the files, and want to recover files from Mac hard drive, you should do the task as soon as possible. Otherwise, you’ll lose them forever.

The theory of Mac hard drive data recovery: whether the lost data are deleted or missing, they are still on your Mac. Even being deleted, they are still somewhere on your computer, but become invisible, and waiting to be overwritten by new data. In this case, the sooner you recover them, the better result you’ll get. Here are the 2 mostly commonly used ways to recover files from Mac hard drive.

Method #1. Recover Files from Mac Hard Drive with Mac hard drive data recovery software

Method #2. Recover Data from Hard Drive on Mac by Restoring from Time Machine

Method #1. Recover Files from Mac Hard Drive with Mac hard drive data recovery software

To recover deleted or lost files from Mac hard drive, iBeesoft Data Recovery for Mac can be helpful. From its name, you can see what it is. It is a professional data recovery tool for Mac users to recover lost photos, videos, audio files, emails, RFT, documents, PPTs, Excels, and more. It is a lightweight tool only focusing on data recovery. Here are the simple steps for how to use iBeesoft Data Recovery to recover the target files from your Mac hard drive.

Step 1. Download iBeesoft Data Recovery for Mac

Click the download button below to get the Mac version of iBeesoft Data Recovery. It is a normal software tool with .dmg file as its installation package. Please install it on your Mac. It is very safe to use it, since it is virus free and does not collect any of your personal information at all.

Step 2. Launch the Mac hard drive recovery software

After you install the software, please launch it on your Mac. In the startup window, you can see the mainly supported file types, documents, music, archives, graphics, videos, other, etc.. All of the file types are selected by default. If the target files you want to recover are in 2 or 3 types, you should uncheck the unwanted ones, shortening the scanning process. Next, click "Start" to begin the Mac hard drive data recovery process.

Mac Hard Drive Data Recovery Software

Step 3. Select hard drive to scan

In the next window, all partitions on your Mac are displayed there. You’re supposed to choose the hard drive from where your files have lost and click the "Scan" button.

Select Mac hard drive to scan lost data

Step 4. Recover files from hard drive on Mac

It takes a few minutes to finish the scanning process. To be honest, the longer it takes, the better result you’ll get. You know, the time it takes to scan fully depends on how many files it find and scan. In the result window, when you find the files you want to recover, click "Recover" to save them back to your Mac.

Recover data from Mac hard drive

It is the best and efficient way to recover lost files in Mac hard drive. You know, you can do nothing manually to recover lost files, especially you deleted them and emptied the trash can. The sooner the better. Of course, if you have enabled the auto backup feature in Mac Time Machine, you can try method #2 to restore files from hard drive on Mac.

Method #2. Recover Data from Hard Drive on Mac by Restoring from Time Machine

It is a nightmare to lose data from hard drive on Mac. That’s the reason why Apple use Time Machine to keep an updated and exact copy of files from Macintosh internal hard drives. When you find you have lost files and want to recover lost files from Mac hard drive, you can try the following steps:

Recover Data from Hard Drive on Mac by Restoring from Time Machine

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