As a data recovery software and services company, we often get emails asking for assistance on how to recover files that were deleted a long time ago. Another frequent inquiry is about the recovery of files that were erased weeks and months ago from a Mac.
In this blog, we answer these data recovery queries raised by our readers and software users. We also recommend downloading the free trial of the Mac file recovery program to restore files that were deleted a long time ago.
In distress, people want to know the magic trick that can recover their permanently deleted videos, documents, emails, and photos. The following are some of the SOS calls wherein the users anxiously ask us about recovering the files deleted permanently from a Mac, a PC or an external hard drive.
There are many such related user queries on how to recover the deleted data from a Mac or PC. And, is it even possible to recover the files that were deleted a few weeks or months ago?
Let’s see how the facts stack up for a Mac user—
So, again…can I recover the files that were deleted a long time ago from my Mac?
And the following three scenarios unfold:
You can recover the files that you deleted a long time ago only when the backup of those files is still intact with you.
You can navigate to the Time Machine application on your Mac and go back to the snapshot of that specific time when your data backup was done.
Simply restore your files from the snapshot to a new location and cherish the reunion.
What if the Mac backup is not available? Then, how will you recover your pictures, videos, and documents that were deleted a few months ago?
The answer is, by using a specialized data recovery software for Mac. Stellar Mac Data Recovery software is equipped with features and a facile user-interface to serve the preferences of Mac users.
Individuals with varying software proficiencies — IT pros, tech-savvy people, standard Mac users — can operate the software without any hassle.
Download a free trial of the data recovery Mac software to analyze your internal volumes or portable storage drive for recovering files that were deleted a long time ago.
As a Mac user, you just need to follow a few simple steps to recover files that were deleted or emptied from trash, formatted from a drive, and even from an external USB hard drive that’s not detected by Mac.
Assuming that you have downloaded and installed the software on your Mac; let’s quickly go through the steps for performing file recovery, as follows:
Launch Stellar Data Recovery for Mac from the Application folder
Select your portable storage media or start-up disk drive
Start the scan on your disk
After the scan, preview your recoverable files one-by-one
Activate the software and recover the files
In the demo version of the software, you can preview all the recoverable files.
Note: Windows PC users can use Stellar Windows Data Recovery – Professional to recover files deleted from an NTFS, FAT drive months ago. Read More
A Mac data recovery software works on the concept of scanning the blocks on the storage media and finding out the header information of the deleted files.
If the information is available and not yet overwritten, then the data recovery software will do the job. It’s noteworthy that in the case of overwritten data, no tool can recover the lost or deleted files.
If the data recovery software does not recover the deleted files, then it’s very likely that the data was overwritten.
Therefore, it’s strongly recommended not to use an affected volume or hard drive for writing files any further as this will overwrite the old data, thereby minimizing the chances of recovery.
The first measure to recover the files deleted from a Mac is by using the Time Machine backup, if available. Otherwise, a reliable Mac Data Recovery software is your best bet to rescue the situation and avoid further unsavory situations.
Therefore, try out the Stellar Mac Data Recovery Professional to see how it scans your deleted videos, pictures, documents, and Email data files for recovery.
The latest version of the software also supports APFS data recovery.
Vishal is a data recovery expert @Stellar. He addresses data loss scenarios on a Mac. He intends to help people solve their macOS problems. Besides, Vishal prefers to read about astronomy and autobiography, and his favorite is Steve Jobs - The man who thought different written by Karen Bluementhal.
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