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How to recover files deleted from Apple macOS

Accidental deletion of a file stored on your Mac is not a problem as long as you have an appropriate data recovery tool. However, the success of the restoration procedure mostly depends on peculiarities of the mechanism used by OS to delete this file.

Note: Like in any other data loss case, recovery of deleted files is possible as long as the deleted files are not overwritten with some other information. For this reason, it is highly recommended to stop all operations with the storage you have accidentally deleted data from and immediately start data recovery.

The way data is deleted from the storage is defined by the applied file system. macOS employs two major file systems: HFS+ and recently released APFS. The chances of successful recovery depend on the file system type applied on a particular storage.

Note: If you are interested in the way how HFS+ and APFS store the information, have a look at the article Understanding file systems.

To restore files deleted from HFS+ or APFS, SysDev Laboratories offers UFS Explorer Standard Recovery. Even though HFS+ and APFS manage and delete files in different ways, the steps you should perform to recover deleted files from them are the same.

SysDev Laboratories offers UFS Explorer Standard Recovery to recover files deleted from HFS+ and APFS. Its embedded IntelliRAW mechanism in combination with minimized fragmentation of files increase recovery chances for the HFS+ file system. The data recovery process is simple and does not require any specific skills:

  1. Download, install and launch UFS Explorer.

Note: For successful recovery never download anything (including data recovery software) to the disk that contains the files you want to recover. Otherwise, the files will be overwritten which will lead to permanent data loss.

  1. Choose a partition with the HFS+ or APFS file system or a local disk if you are not sure which partition you have lost data from.

UFS Explorer automatically detects the file system of a partition and shows it in the list. If a user chooses a logical disk, UFS performs data recovery of one selected file system at a time.

  1. Press Recover to start scanning. Specify general scan parameters if needed and press Start.

  2. After the scanning process is over, browse through the found files and folders, choose the needed ones and save them to a secure storage.

Note: never save the recovered data to the storage you lost it from, this can lead to irreversible data loss.

Last update: 05.07.2018