“Hi!! Yesterday, I thought to transfer some important stuff from my iMac to an external drive to keep its backup. Before checking whether the transfer process has completed or not, I abruptly removed the external drive. As soon as I realized that the process has not finished yet, I connected it back. Then I was literally shocked to see that my external drive is totally empty and those files were missing from my Mac system also. I am not understanding how to find lost files on iMac. Please someone help me to bring my data from iMac. “
When you face such data loss situations don’t lose hope. One thing to be keep in mind that, you should not use that hard drive to copy any new data. This is because every lost or deleted files will be present on the same storage devices itself but cannot be visible to user. So when you copy any data to it, chances are there that added data can replace the existing data. If it happens then there won’t be any chance to regain files. So it is suggested not to use your drive until you complete the recovery process. Before knowing about recovery process and its procedure let us grasp few more reasons for data loss from iMac.
- If any interruptions occur during file transfer process such as, sudden system shutdown, power failure etc. may result in huge data loss
- Files from iMac may be lost while converting its file system to newer one or vice versa
- Any type of error in time machine backup may cause huge data loss
- File may go missing during new partition creation
- Corruptions to journal file may result in huge data loss
- Due to sever virus attack files from iMac get disappeared
Many iMac users are facing data loss situation due to above mentioned reasons. It is obvious that user get worried when he come cross such data loss situation. If the user has maintained proper backup then well and good. If not then make use of solution which is giving in the next paragraph.
Utility to retrieve data from iMac:
A reliable application to bring back lost files from iMac is Mac File Recovery tool. This tool is built with an advanced scanning technology that scans hard drive sector by sector to find the missing files. It is read only software since it will not modify original content of the file. The tool provides you with the search option in order to recover particular file by its unique signature. Application will arrange recovered files based on their file name, size, and file extension etc. Make use of preview option to ensure whether the correct files have been recovered or not. After verification save the regained files to the desired destination location. This tool can be installed on all Mac machines having Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), OS X 10.7(Lion), OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and OS X 10.10(Yosemite) operating systems
Steps to use the software:
Download and install Mac File Recovery program on iMac. Then, run the application and start the retrieval process by following the instructions given on the screen. From “Deleted File Recovery” or “Lost File Recovery” options, select “Lost File Recovery” in order to find lost files on iMac. Once you choose the option, allow the application to proceed with scanning process. Then, you will find the list of volumes present on iMac. From that, choose the volume from where files need to be regained. Further, software will indicate you to select the required file type or just click on ‘Skip’ option to select all files by default. Once the scanning process ends, you can see recovered files either in “Data View” or “File Type View”. Then, using “preview” option, check the files which have been retrieved. Then finally, select the destination location to save extracted files on iMac.