Restore Deleted Folders on Mac OS X

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

How to restore erased folders on Mac OS X?


Macintosh is mostly popular for its innovative technology and brilliant functionalities. This operating system is mainly designed considering the needs of individuals for their personal as well as professional use. Mac OS X stores digital data in form of files on its hard drives. For manipulating and managing data on the hard drive Mac OS uses HFS, HFSX, HFS+ file system architectures. To control the access to your files and folders, Mac OS X sets permission automatically for disks as well as files and folders. These permissions for an item can be changed according to the user. Mac OS X facilitates permissions for three sorts of users like who have created the item, any other user having access to the item and any member of the group assigned to the item. Besides all these folder facilities important Mac folders get deleted sometimes because of some reasons. In such a case you should recover deleted folder on Mac OS X using a Mac folder recovery tool that has the potential to recover lost files from corrupt Hitachi hard drive and other popular hard disk drives. In addition, if you want to retrieve deleted folders from memory card and from other storage media, you can employ this tool as supports deleted folder/file recovery from all type storage devices. Before going in details about the folder recovery process on Mac let’s have a look at some common folder deletion scenarios on Mac.

Common Folder deletion scenarios on Mac:

  • Accidental Deletion: Folders from Mac OS X can get deleted due to common human mistakes like erasing some folders by mistake instead of any other data using shift + delete key combination. Deleting folders from Trash Bin while trying to free some disk space also gives rise to folder deletion on Mac
  • Catalog file deletion: Catalog files are mainly responsible for storing the details about the folders and files inside and their nodes are used to access a particular folder or file. If the catalog file of a particular folder gets deleted means the folder also becomes inaccessible i.e. can’t be accessed anymore by the user
  • Trash Bin Bypass: Folders on Mac can also get deleted due to Trash Bin bypass. If the deleted folder is having size larger than the free space available in the Trash Bin allocated, then the deleted folder may not be stored in the Trash Bin anymore after its deletion. This particular situation of files or folder deletion is called Trash Bin bypass
  • Besides all the above mentioned reasons some other reasons like improper shut down of the system, sudden power surge, improper usage of third party utility etc. are also responsible for folder deletion in Mac OS X

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To avoid folder deletion on Mac due to Trash Bin bypass try to deleted large folders in parts from different locations if there is not enough space in the respective Trash Bin.

To recover deleted folder on Mac OS X, you can try folder recovery software like Deleted Folder Recovery software. To restore files and folders deleted from hard drive on Windows OS, you should use Windows folder recovery tool. The Windows folder recovery tool can also perform USB drive data recovery with utmost ease. This Mac folder recovery software recovers deleted folders from hard drives (such as SATA, IDE, SCSI etc.), memory cards (like SD, XD, CF, MMC etc.), external USB drives, FireWire drives etc. This software has universal binary application which supports both Intel and Power PC Mac platform. With this tool, you can even restore deleted folders from Time Machine on Mac.It also recovers files and folders from HFS+, HFSX formatted volumes. It is also possible to retrieve folder deleted from Outlook using Outlook Recovery Tool

Steps to carry out folder recovery on Mac OS X:

Step 1: Download and install Deleted Folder Recovery software in your PC and launch it by double clicking the shortcut icon. After that select “Recover Files” option as shown in Fig 1 below

Recover Deleted folders on Mac OS X-Main Screen

Figure 1: Main Screen

Step 2: Then select “Recover Deleted Files” between the two options to RECOVER DELETED FOLDERS on Mac OS X as shown in Fig 2 below

Recover Deleted folders on Mac OS X-Select the mode of folder Recovery

Figure 2: Select the mode of folder Recovery

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Step 3: After that you have to select the logical drive from which you’ve deleted the folders. And then click on “Next” as shown in Fig 3 below

Recover Deleted folders on Mac OS X-Select the desired mac volume

Figure 3: Select appropriate Mac volume

Step 4: Once you click on “Next” the scanning process will get started. After the scanning is over you’ll find the list of recovered files with their folder hierarchies. Basing on that you can also evaluate the recovery results which is shown in Fig 4 below

Recover Deleted folders on Mac OS X-Evaluate the Recovery Result

Figure 4: Evaluate the Recovery chances

Note: You won’t be able to save the recovered Mac folders since you’re using the demo version. You have to buy the full version of this software to save the recovered folders.

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

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