How to recover deleted files from Mac external hard drive?

By Juno | Posted to Mac Data Recovery, on August 7th, 2017 |

External hard drive is one of the most popular storage devices to back up and store files. But with the wide usage of external hard drive, the risks of losing data on it are increasing. The most common reason for losing data on external hard drive is accidental deletion.

We may delete important files on external hard drives by mistake, or delete files and find it useful later. As is known to all, the deleted files can be restored from Mac Trash or Time Machine. But if the Trash has been emptied and time Machine hasn't been turned on, how to recover data from external hard drive on Mac?

Right in this passage, we will introduce why we can recover deleted files from Mac external hard drive, offer tips for deleted file recovery from external hard drive on Mac and the detailed tutorial to recover deleted files from Mac external hard drive.

Why we can recover deleted files from Mac external hard drive?

When we delete a file, the macOS will mark the file as deleted instead of really moving it from the drive. After that, the space where the deleted file occupies is been regarded as free space and wait to store new data. Although we can't see those deleted files directly, they still remain on the drive, until been fully overwritten by new data. With a reliable Mac data recovery software, the deleted files can easily been restored.

Tips for deleted file recovery from external hard drive on Mac

Before performing data recovery from external hard drive, here are 3 tips that can help to keep our deleted files intact and achieve better data recovery results:

1. Once we realize that we have deleted an important file, stop doing any further operation on the external hard drive as that may write new data to the drive and overwrite the deleted file. Once the deleted file has been overwritten, it's impossible to get it back.

2. Avoid saving new files on the external hard drive as those new files are very possible to cover the deleted file and make it unrecoverable.

3. To avoid data overwritten, please don't save the recovered file on the original external hard drive.

How to recover deleted files from Mac external hard drive?

All we need is iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery, a free Mac external hard drive data recovery software that can recover deleted files from Mac external hard drive, recover data from formatted external hard drive, recover data from not mounted external hard drive, recover data from unreadable Mac external hard drive, recover data from inaccessible external hard drive, recover data from corrupted external hard drive, etc. on macOS 10.14‎/10.13/10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery also supports to recover deleted files emptied from Mac Trash, recover data from Macintosh HD, USB flash drive, digital camera, memory card, and various other storage devices.

Step-by-step guidance to recover deleted files from Mac external hard drive

Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on Mac and connect the external hard drive to Mac.

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

Recover deleted files from Mac external hard drive

Step 3: Choose the external hard drive where we have deleted files, click "Next" to search for those deleted files.

Step 4: Preview the listed searching files, choose files that we need, and click "Recover" to recover data from external hard drive on Mac.

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