How can I recover lost files on Mac?

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Catherine Le Nevez
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Your files are like your digital currency, they have immeasurable value to you, and it is what allows you to have professional and personal activities, memories, etc.

Like you do with your bank accounts, you want to have a backup that ensures your data is safe.

However, sometimes, despite all precautions, a series of catastrophic misfortunes occur and we have done nothing to safeguard our data.

The result is a desperate situation that can cost us a lot of tears and perhaps a lot of money. 


We can't talk about file recovery without reminding you that the best way to avoid alarms is to make backup copies of our data.

And if you can do it in duplicate, the better. And if you can do them in different places, optimal (one locally and one remotely, for example).

Your Mac already includes the software so you can make Apple-style backups, without having to worry about a thing. It's called Time Machine.

Just connect a hard drive to your computer and the system will ask you if you want to use it for backups. 

This is all there is to it. The operating system will take care of the rest. 

It will adjust the number of backup copies to the free size available on the disk, eliminating the oldest and keeping the new ones. And it will only make backup copies of the files you modify, so that, with the exception of the first backup copy, which must necessarily copy all the files, the following ones will take up relatively little space and have little impact on the computer's performance.

All you need to do is have the external hard drive connected to your computer so that it periodically makes a backup copy.

When all else fails

However, there are times in life when everything seems to be allied against us.

It could be that you have deleted the file you shouldn't have, or that your computer crashes and you find that the backup copies, which you thought were done correctly, have some problems.

However, stay calm. Maybe you have emailed the file you deleted to someone? For a message? Maybe you have an older version somewhere that you can recover so you don't have to start over?

I feared. You don't have it anywhere.

Fortunately, software brains have developed tools to fix these incidents as well, and there's a good chance you can recover those vital files without having to agonize for hours or spend a huge sum of money commissioning a company to do it for you.

The application we will recommend to you today is called Anyrecover and is a perfect data recovery tool for those moments when you urgently need to recover one or more files that you need to be able to move forward.

Anyrecover data recovery tool is perfect for knowing that the file you need is just a few clicks away, even if you can't see it.

Even if you deleted it from your hard drive, the file is still there, hidden from view, and will continue until another file needs that space. You can read How to Format a USB on Mac.

Of course, if you've formatted the drive or continued working on the hard drive, copying and pasting new files, it's more difficult (though not impossible) for the file to be complete.

The types of files that you can recover with AnyRecover are those that remained when you emptied the recycle bin or those that disappeared because you deleted the partition they were in. For example, read how to recover an unsaved Excel file.

AnyRecover can restore more than 1000 types of files, such as photos, videos, office documents, archives and more. Files ending in docx, jpg, avi, zip, and even Windows executable files, just to name a few. 

You can also recover data from an SD card, external drive, pendrive, etc.

How Anyrecover works

To recover files, Anyrecover uses unique algorithms that allow it to scan the disk at high speed.

Once it has recognized all the files, it shows them in a list and gives you the option to see a preview, to make sure they are the correct files.

Hit the recovery button, and voila, within seconds you'll have them back in your possession, ready to use.


Losing the files we need is something that has happened to all of us, and it's a horrible feeling that we don't wish anyone.

Fortunately, today there are applications that allow us to overcome these situations without great stress and in a short time.

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