How to recover files from a deleted Mac user account?

Posted by Juno to Mac Data Recovery on August 10th, 2017

I am new to OS X and have a huge problem now. I deleted a useless user account on my Mac. But to my surprise, when I restarted the Mac later, everything on my account (not the one I want to delete) except my programs were gone! I had tons of photos, movies and over 4GB of music on the account but they have all gone. Is there any way to recover my lost data? Please help!

Mac user account is quite important in the process of using Mac and can prevent disclosure of our personal information. But there are times that we are been annoyed by losing our Mac user account as well as files in the home folder. Generally speaking, there are 4 reasons for losing Mac user account and the home folder: forgetting the password, deleting useless user account, mistaken deletion, and other unexpected reasons (like losing account after system upgrade).

It should be noted that when we delete a user account, the home folder of that account which contains all files and data created by the account will be removed. So losing a user account means losing its home folder at the same time. But if there are still significant files in the lost home folder, is it possible to get them back?

Of course yes. Although it's quite tough a task to achieve data recovery from a deleted Mac user account, we still have method to do it. Only with a free Mac data recovery software - iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery, we can recover files from a deleted Mac user account.

Create a new user account on Mac if the only account we have was deleted

If we have only one user account (namely the one that has been deleted), we should create a new account before performing data recovery. That's because the user account is indispensable for applications to achieve their functions on macOS. For users who have other account, there is no necessary to create a new one.

Steps to create a new user account on Mac: Go to System Preference, select Users and Groups, Click Padlock, Click + button to create a new user, input account name and password.

Data recovery from a deleted Mac user account with free Mac data recovery

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is a free Mac data recovery software that can help us to recover files from a deleted Mac user account, recover deleted files emptied from Mac Trash, recover deleted downloads folder, recover data from formatted, unmountable, inaccessible Macintosh HD on macOS 10.13/10.12 and Mac OS 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

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With iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery, we can also recover data from external hard drive, USB drive, flash drive, memory card and many other storage devices.

Tutorial to recover files from a deleted Mac user account

Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on Mac.

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

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Step 3: Select the drive where we have deleted the user account and click "Next" to search for lost files.

Step 4: Preview the listed searching results, choose those we want and click "Recover" to get them back.

Step 5: Go over to ensure all lost files have been successfully restored.

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