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What to fo to recover a replaced folder on Mac?

I accidentally choose the "replace" option not "merge" and now every entire file in that folder is just wiped out. Can't even find it in the Trash bin, or in the Time Machine Is there any way I can recover replaced folder please?

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iBoysoft author Anna Yuan

Anna Yuan

Answered on Monday, February 19, 2024

When you save a folder 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 folder that already exists. You have picked the 'Replace' option, so the folder labeled with the same name as your new folder is overwritten. That is what we call an overwritten/replaced folder.

Don't worry! The overwritten folder will still store on your Mac's internal hard drive until new data is written in its place. But you can't find it from any location on your Mac using Spotlight because once it was replaced by a new one, the operating system will automatically remove it to free up space. You can consider your overwritten folder was deleted from your Mac drive temporarily and you still have a chance to get it back.

If you have backed up your Mac with Time Machine or iCloud before, you can recover the overwritten folder using Time Machine or iCloud. But you can't find the replaced folder in Time Machine, so this workaround is not applied to your situation. Plus, if you have no backups in iCloud, then the data recovery software should be your last option to retrieve your lost overwritten file/folder.

iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is a professional data recovery software that can easily recover replaced files on Mac. 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 replaced files/folders from Mac using iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac. You only need to download and launch it. Then use the Search for Lost Data function to start scanning all lost files on your Mac. Once the scanning process is finished, you can filter these recoverable files by different file formats so that you can quickly pick up the files you need.

Select the files, and click "Recover" to retrieve them from the Mac disk. Rember to not store the recovered files in their original place to avoid data loss.

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