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What to do for recovering an overwritten MOV file in macOS?

Hi, I wanted to export my QuickTime .mov screen recording and chose the overwrite and replace option. However, the export stopped midway leaving the exported file damaged. I want to recover my file. However, I do not have Time Machine. Please help! Thank you.

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iBoysoft author Anna Yuan

Anna Yuan

Answered on Friday, April 12, 2024

Normally, when you save a file that has the same name and size as another one, the Mac operating system will always ask you if you'd like to replace the file that already exists. If you choose 'Replace', the file labeled with the same name as your new file is overwritten. That is what we call an overwritten file/replaced file.

The overwritten file will still store on your Mac internal hard drive until a new file is written in its place. But you can't find it from any folder or location on your Mac using Spotlight because once the files are replaced by new files, the operating system will automatically remove them to free up space. 

You can consider your QuickTime .mov screen recording was deleted from your Mac drive temporarily. To recover it, you can use Time Machine backup, iCloud backup, and data recovery software. Since you don't have a Timemachine backup and I guess you also don't have an iCloud backup, now the only method you can try to recover replaced files on Mac is using data recovery software.

Here, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is recommended to find and recover your overwritten .mov file. This powerful data recovery tool is compatible with Intel Macs and Apple Silicon Macs with M1 and M2 chips and also works on macOS 13/12/11/10.15/10.14/10.13/10.12 and OS X 10.11, which is also able to recover emptied Mac Trash.

To recover the overwritten files from Mac using iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac, do the following:

Step 1: Free download, install, and launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac on your Mac. 

Step 2: Select Storage Device or Disk Image under Data Recovery.

Step 3: Select your macOS internal disk and click Search for Lost Data to start scanning.

Step 4: Once the scanning process is finished, you can filter these recoverable files by different categories so that you can pick up the wanted .mov file quickly. Once you find the needed overwritten file, select it and click "Recover" to retrieve it from the Mac disk. Rember to not store the recovered file in its original place to avoid data loss.

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