Unformat Mac Hard Drive to Find Lost Files

Updated to File Recovery Tips by Robert on Apr 13, 2023 | Approved by Jennifer Allen

Unlike computers running in Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X is comparatively stable. Instead of reinstall the operating system, the better choice is to format Mac hard drive. For the following scenarios, you may need to format the hard drive on your Mac:

There are so many reasons to format a Mac hard drive and it is quite easy. You may need to do it one or two times a year. However, formatting brings a serious problem: losing important files. So, before doing any formatting, you need to backup all the files you need, including photos, videos, audio files, voicemail, emails, text messages and more. If you had not backed up them before you formatted Mac hard drive, you need to unformat Mac hard drive as soon as possible.

How unformat Mac hard drive works?

The moment you format your Mac hard drive, all files are deleted from the hard drive, being marked as deleted files. You can’t see them, they are not in the trash bin, but invisible somewhere on your Mac. With a professional formatted Mac hard drive recovery tool, like iBeesoft Data Recovery for Mac for help, you can recover data from formatted Mac hard drive and save them to your Mac again.

iBeesoft Data Recovery for Mac is a professional and reliable Mac data rescue tool for you to rescue any data disappeared on Mac hard drive, including photos, videos, audio files, documents, worksheet, emails, and more. It is quite easy for you to operate on it. Only in a few simple steps, you’ll recover files from hard drive and save all your important files to your Mac hard drive again.

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Detailed guide for how to unformat Mac hard drive with iBeesoft Data Recovery

First, please keep in mind that you need to stop using your Mac as soon as possible after the formatting. All deleted files are invisible and waiting to be overwritten by new generated data. Some people even try to partition the hard drive after the formatting. No, you can’t do it if you want to rescue your data. When you do any further operation on your Mac, then there will be little chance for you to unformat the Mac hard drive. Calm down, and prepare for the process of unformat hard drive on Mac.

Second, install iBeesoft Data Recovery for Mac quickly. It is fully compatible with the latest Mac OS X. You can click the download button below to get the installation package on your computer and install it with the same steps as you to install other software.

Third, select file types to scan. There are hundreds of file types on your Mac hard drive, and I think there are thousands of files waiting to be scanned. By default, all the supported file types are selected in the main window. To shorten the scanning process, you can uncheck the unwanted ones, only scanning for wanted files. And click "Start"

Fourth, select the formatted Mac hard drive to scan. All hard drives on your Mac and external hard drives will be displayed there. Just select the one you want to rescue files from and click "Scan".

Fifth, it takes a few minutes for the software to scan lost files for the formatted hard drive on Mac. The more files it finds, longer it will take. Be patient. After the process, all found files will be sorted into categories and listed in the main window. You can unfold the directory in the left side to preview files in the right side. If there are target files, check them and click "Recover" to save them to your Mac again.

In the result page, you can see there is a button named as "Deep Scan". It is used for better and deeper scan. If you are not content with the scanning result, you can try it.