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Many a time, we have lost data that was very precious to us due to honest mistakes or faulty hardware/software. We are left to clutch at straws as we devise means to regain that treasured photograph or song. Losing a video has become a headache as well, and with that comes Google searches on the best possible ways to recover our video files, especially those that have been overwritten. Yes, it is hard to recover overwritten video files, however, you need to figure out whether your data is really covered. There is a myriad of software (both free and paid) that will assist in you in finding the file again. Firstly, you should ensure data is not usually permanently erased from a hard drive: instead, the pointer pointing to the data is erased. If the data has not been overwritten, you can scan and recover lost data from the drive.

Part 1. Can You Recover Overwritten Video Files?

Recovering files from an SD card that has been overwritten may sound like a daunting task, but it isn't all that hard. Because many user don't know the accurate meaning of "overwritten". Whether the data loss was due to a formatted SD card, a corrupt SD card, or virus infections, you go ahead and overwrite the card with new data. You now need to know the success rate of recovering lost files.

It all boils down to the amount of new data stored on your memory card. If the overwritten data was much larger than the newer data, the margin of success to recover parts of the video files is large and you can be fairly confident that you will get some video files back. However, it should be noted that if the new data is much larger than the old data, your chances of successful recovery are bleak. Even if you manage to recover the data, it might be corrupted or inaccessible.

At the end of the day, if you manage to access a highly reliable data recovery software, you can recover "overwritten" video files (etc.). It is possible and is worth a shot.

Part 2. How to Recover "Overwritten" Video Files

There is a highly reliable data recovery software available online iSkysoft Data Recovery for Mac (or iSkysoft Data Recovery for Windows). With 4 modes (Lost Data Recovery, Raw Data Recovery, Partition Recovery and Resume Recovery), iSkysoft Data Recovery can recover images, videos, documents, archives, emails, and audio files from a variety of mediums like your Mac computer, MP3 player, memory card, USB, and hard drive. You can scan the device, preview the located files, then choose which ones to recover. The entire process can take minutes, and if one opts for the deeper scan option, it may take hours. Now, if your lost video files are not overwritten completely, follow these steps and find your lost videos back.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Recover "Overwritten" Video Files on Mac

Step 1 Download and Install This Program

You can find the software on the official iSkysoft page. Download it and install the software on Mac. Run the program. You will be greeted with the following window.

launch the program

Step 2 Choose "Lost Data Recovery" Mode

Use "Lost Data Recovery" mode to recover data that has been accidentally deleted or misplaced. In the list of drives that comes up, choose the one you lost the data from. Then select "Scan" so iSkysoft Data Recovery can search the drive for lost data.

scan the drive

Step 3 Recover Overwritten Video Files

iSkysoft Data Recovery will eventually pull up a list of files it has found on the drive that were accidentally deleted. The useful preview will show you the files that have been found, along with their relative health: files that are labelled "Good" have a high recovery success rate, whilst those labelled either "Poor" or "Bad" will be more difficult to recover. Click on the file you would like to restore, and click "Recover". iSkysoft Data Recovery swill get the file back for you. Remember to choose the destination path in another drive.

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Here are some tips to maximise your experience of iSkysoft Data Recovery:

  • Use the filter option to specifically search for video files in the preview.
  • If your file is not appearing, opt for the Deep Scan option. It will take longer, but it will definitely bring your file up.
  • If the scanning is taking too long, you can pause it and resume it at a later time.


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