How to Recover Lost Files on Mac (Including macOS High Sierra)

How to Recover Lost Files on Mac (Including macOS High Sierra)

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By Ivan Cook | Dec 11,2017 20:20 pm

Maybe you have meet this problem many times, when you are working on a document on Mac for a long time, but suddenly you lost the contents by unknown reasons, you have to start editing again. What a frustrating thing and it will waste you much time. But do you know, actually it is no need to despair about it for you still have a change to recover lost files on Mac again. Get the right suggestions and instructions here to solve your problem.

Part 1. Recover with Data Recovery for Mac software

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Yes, we can help. We highly recommend iSkysoft Data Recovery for Mac (macOS High Sierra supported) for you. It can find those lost thus inaccessible files and recover them to a safe place. iSkysoft Data Recovery for Mac has the ability to recover lost data like photos, videos, documents, songs, archives, emails and so on.

It supports lost files that are deleted and emptied from Trash, or those that are removed without appearing in Trash, e.g. using Command+Delete. Not only can it recover lost files from Mac hard drive, but recover lost files from SD card, USB drive, digital camera, mobile phones, etc. You should definitely give it a try.


Part 2. How to Recover Lost Files on Mac (macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra and El Capitan Included)

With iSkysoft Data Recovery for Mac application, you can easily recover lost data on Mac. First download and install this Mac lost file recovery application.

Step 1. Choose the File Type

Open iSkysoft Data Recovery from Applications folder or any folder you've installed it to. And then choose specific types of the lost files on Mac. If you're performing file recovery from a USB drive, SD card, or a digital camera, connect it to your Mac before starting iSkysoft File Recovery for Mac.

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Step 2. Select a Drive and Start Scanning Lost Files

Choose the drive from where you want to recover lost files and click "Start" on top to scan existing files. If your drive is not included in the list, click the "Refresh" button beside "External Removable Device" to have a try.

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Step 3. Preview and Recover Scanned Files on Mac

When scanning process gets over, find the lost files you want with the help of folders and files names. If the files are deleted and emptied from Trash, go to the "Trash" folder to drill down to the right folder.

To recover lost files, check the boxes and click the "Recover" button on top. In the dialog that opens, choose a folder to save the recovered files and click "OK" to start recovering lost files.

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Note: Remember to disable SIP on macOS High Sierra firstly before recovery, if you have upgraded your Mac to the newest system version.


Part 3. Immediate Measures That Need to Be Taken after Files Were Lost

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The lost files won't be erased immediately after they are deleted or even formatted. They will stay on the file system until new file occupy its space. That's to say, if there are no files are saved, you can probably recover lost files. What you need is just a data recovery software application.

1. Don't save any new files to the same drive you've lost your files from because the new files will overwrite the lost files so you lost them permanently. Minimizing computer use will greatly improve the chance to recover lost photos, videos, documents, songs, etc.
2. If you lost files from USB drives, SD cards and memory cards, get them off the device and perform data recovery immediately. For digital camera and mobile phones, power them off before taking the card out.
3. Use a reliable and safe file recovery tool in order to recover lost files. iSkysoft Data Recovery for Mac reads data only so won't destroy the original files on the drive. Although guaranteeing a total recovery is hard, it does its best to help you recover lost files on Mac safely and completely.


Part 4. How to Protect Your Files

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Most files are lost in the following scenarios. Do your best to avoid them, then your files are safe.

  • Emptying Trash: Never delete files and then empty Trash. You can empty Trash every weeks or month. Make sure all the deleted files are not important files before you empty Trash.
  • Deleted files accidentally: Command + Delete is not a good way to delete files.
  • Loss of file due to defrag failure: Do it only necessary.
  • Catalog and Journal file corruption: Only install application downloaded from safe websites.
  • Volume header corruption Never edit your Volume header information.
  • Formatted partition: Make sure you're formatting the right partition before clicking Start.
  • Improper operations and other unknown reasons.

It's a good habit to keep a back up copy of every important file. In case your lost files. Find a highly reliable data recovery software to recover lost pictures, songs, videos, documents, emails and more.

Since iSkysoft Data Recovery for Mac only reads your files, it's the application you can rely on. It's fully compatible with all modern Mac OS X like Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, 10.12 and 10.13 (High Sierra included).


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