Mac Drive Recovery Tool

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.X and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks)


Hard drive is the central storage area for Mac. Generally, most Macs come with a large hard disk drive and Mac OS X. It is also practical and easier to add extra storage to Mac in the form of external hard drive. Mac OS X has a wide range of programs for performing different tasks such as internet, managing contacts, text editing programs, in-built dictionary etc. Mac OS X can recognize and work with HFS+, HFSX including several other types of file systems such as FAT32, UFS, and UDF etc. HFS+   is a default file system which allows the files to store its information in multiple forks.

Mac OS X is UNIX based Operating System that was built to work only with single forked files not multiple forked files. Hence, it holds nothing except than files.  This extended file system uses various file elements like file system metadata, packages and bundles in order to store complexity from the user. File system metadata contains several attributes like modification date, creation date, access control, permissions etc and also file system flags that are mainly used to recognize special file formats. Bundle is a group of related resources in single location whereas package based approach helps the developers to organize the all resources in a one package easily. As the storage capacities of hard drives have increased and most of the computer users using internet continuously, data loss has become the common issue.

Data loss scenarios are as follows:

Data loss due to catalog files corruption: Catalog file is same like master file table that contains records for each and every file. Generally, Mac uses catalog file in order to decrease the possibilities of accidental data loss. If this file gets corrupted due to virus attack, power failures etc then files stored on Mac hard drive may becomes inaccessible resulting in data loss

Volume header corruption results in data loss: Volume header contains entire information about volume, allocation block size and also the information about blocks that are available for use. It also contains volume data table, file allocation table and also extent allocation table. Volume data table contains physical details about volume and file allocation table contains the allocation information of files. Volume header generally gets corrupted due to viruses. In such case, files stored on those volumes cannot be accessed resulting in loss of files

Data loss due to human errors: The data may also be lost due to human errors such as accidental deletion of files using Command+Delete keys, accidentally formatting the volume that contains files, accidentally turning off the computer etc. For more queries you can visit at http://www.recoverdrive.net/data.html.

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.X and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks)

In such cases, never try to store new files on the Mac hard drives that has been accidentally formatted or from where you have accidentally deleted the essential files to avoid permanent loss. The main way to avoid data loss is to create backup using Time Machine in Mac. Time Machine creates backups in weekly, daily and hourly basis. Sometimes, you may accidentally delete backup file from Time Machines resulting in data loss. In such cases, make use of Drive Recovery Software to restore deleted data from drives on Mac. This tool can also restore data from formatted drive and reformatted drive. If the volumes refuses to mount or not accessible then you can use this software to retrieve lost files from such volumes. This tool has the ability to recover lost data from flash drive, external hard drives, memory cards etc at your fingertips. files recovery can be done on HFS+, FAT16, HFSX and FAT32 formatted volumes. This software is also capable of recovering accidentally deleted files from Trash.

Steps to restore lost data from Mac hard drive

Step 1: Download and install hard disk data recovery to recover drive on Mac

Step 2: The new window is displayed with 3 options after launching the tool. Select “Recover Volumes/Drives” option among 3 options to restore Mac hard drive files as shown in Figure 1

Recover Drive on Mac - Main window

Figure 1: Select retrieve Volumes/Drives option

Step 3: Select “Volume Recovery” option from the next window to restore files from corrupted volume of the Mac hard disk. Select the Mac HDD from the list of storage devices and then click on “Next” button to retrieve lost data from partitions of that specific HDD as shown in Figure 2

Mac drive recovery - Mac drive selection window

Figure 2: Select Mac HDD

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.X and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks)

Step 4: The software start scanning the mac drive to retrieve lost files from it as shown in Figure 3

Recover files from Mac hard drive - a window that displays scanning process

Figure 3: Scanning the volumes to recover lost data

Step 5: Now, you can view files that have been recovered from the Mac hard disk drive as shown in Figure 4

Restore Mac drive - Preview screen

Figure 4: View recovered files from Mac hard drive

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.X and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks)

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