How to recover deleted files from Mac external hard drive?

Posted by Juno to Mac Data Recovery on August 7th, 2017

External hard drive is one of the most popular storage devices to back up and store files. But with the wide usage of external hard drive, the risks of losing data on it are increasing. The most common reason for losing data on external hard drive is accidental deletion.

We may delete an important file by wrong clicks, delete a file and find it's still useful later, or perform deletion on one file when we originally need to delete another. No matter why we delete useful files, the first thing comes to our mind after deletion is how to get those deleted files back. As is known to all, if we delete files on Macintosh HD, we can turn to Mac trash and Time Machine for help. But how to recover data from external hard drive on Mac if unfortunately we have deleted some important files on Mac external hard drive?

Right in this passage, we will introduce why we can recover deleted files from Mac external hard drive, offer tips for deleted file recovery from external hard drive on Mac and the detailed tutorial to recover deleted files from Mac external hard drive.

Why we can recover deleted files from Mac external hard drive?

When we delete a file, the macOS will mark the file as deleted instead of really moving it from the drive. After that, the space where the deleted file occupies is been regarded as free space and wait to store new data. Although we can't see those deleted files directly, they still remain on the drive, until been fully overwritten by new data. With a reliable Mac data recovery software, the deleted files can easily been restored.

Tips for deleted file recovery from external hard drive on Mac

Before performing data recovery from external hard drive, here are 3 tips that can help to keep our deleted files intact and achieve better data recovery results:

1. Once we realize that we have deleted an important file, stop doing any further operation on the external hard drive as that may write new data to the drive and overwrite the deleted file. Once the deleted file has been overwritten, it's impossible to get it back.

2. Avoid saving new files on the external hard drive as those new files are very possible to cover the deleted file and make it unrecoverable.

3. To avoid data overwritten, please don't save the recovered file on the original external hard drive.

How to recover deleted files from Mac external hard drive?

All we need is iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery, a free Mac external hard drive data recovery software that can recover deleted files from Mac external hard drive, recover data from formatted external hard drive, recover data from not mounted external hard drive, recover data from unreadable Mac external hard drive, recover data from formatted, inaccessible external hard drive, etc. on macOS 10.13/10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7/10.6.

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iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery also supports to recover deleted files emptied from Mac Trash, recover data from Macintosh HD, USB flash drive, digital camera, memory card, and various other storage devices.

Step-by-step guidance to recover deleted files from Mac external hard drive

Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on Mac and connect the external hard drive to Mac.

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

Recover deleted files from Mac external hard drive

Step 3: Choose the external hard drive where we have deleted files, click "Next" to search for those deleted files.

Step 4: Preview the listed searching files, choose files that we need, and click "Recover" to recover data from external hard drive on Mac.

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