I accidentally deleted one folder and lost documents inside the folder. I just thought I had saved extra copy elsewhere, however, it proved to be wrong. And those deleted files could not be found in Mac Trash. My Mac has a HFS+ file system. Does anyone know how to achieve HFS+ deleted file recovery?
HFS+ file system is an exclusive file system developed by Apple and is mainly used on Macintosh. A drive which has HFS+ file system is called HFS+ drive. Without third party software, Windows operating system can't write data to HFS+ drive. For Mac that has macOS X operating system, the default file system is HFS+ file system. Compared with HFS file system, HFS+ file system has changed the way how information is stored and maintained, and can be more reliable.
But HFS+ file system can't be 100 percent safe - we may mistakenly delete a single file or plenty of files, empty Mac Trash without realizing some of the files are still useful, or fail to find the deleted file in Mac Trash and Time Machine. No matter the above operations are done with intention or without intention, we will lose those files.
When we delete a file on HFS+ drive, the macOS will only delete the directory entry, while the real data still exists at the drive but is been hidden and the space of the deleted file becomes available for new data. Compared with other file systems (like FAT32, exFAT, and NTFS), one significant feature of HFS+ file system is that when a file is deleted in HFS+ drive, its directory entry will be write to the journal file, similar to back up the directory entry.
From the above, we can know that when deleting a file on HFS+ drive, both the directory entry and the real data will be kept though they don't exist as the previous condition. Naturally, it's more likely for us to recover deleted files from HFS+ drive. The easiest way to achieve HFS+ deleted file recovery is use data recovery software. Here, a HFS+ data recovery freeware - iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is recommended.
iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is a free & reliable Mac data recovery software that can recover deleted files from HFS, HFSX, FAT32 and exFAT file systems, recover deleted files emptied from Mac Trash, etc. on macOS 10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7/10.6.
With this free Mac undelete software, we can also recover data from unmountable hard drive, recover data from unmountable external hard drive, recover data from formatted drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, memory card, etc.
Tutorial for HFS+ deleted file recovery
After downloading and installing iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on our Mac, we can recover deleted files from HFS+ drive with the following 3 steps.
If you want to recover data from APFS drive, please refer to APFS data recovery freeware.
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