How to Rescue Deleted Files on Mac Mini?

Mac Mini was Apple’s first model of desktop computer without display. This computer is just similar to a PC but without monitor, keyboard and mouse. It was the best option for computer users who preferred to ship from Windows to Mac using Mac Mini. Equipped with latest Intel i7 processor this desktop can perform with ultrafast speed and provides minimum storage memory of 1TB which is twice as of normal computer storage.

This Mac OS X desktop can be connected not only with traditional computer monitors, but also to television and other display devices via HDMI port. Mac Mini is the most flexible, compact and simple Apple desktop that runs with various Mac OS X versions including the latest OS X version Mavericks. Albeit of all these unique features, Mac Mini too is a victim of data loss. Human mistakes are the most common cause for deletion of files from Mac Mini. Below listed are possible ways in which files are erased from Mac Mini:

  • Erasing any file thinking that it is not required for further usage. But later, finding the necessity of that erased file
  • Enabling Auto-empty Trash option or emptying Trash folder after every deletion process on Mac Mini will erase any unseen important files that were saved in Trash
  • While creeping with the features of Disk utility on Mac mini, one may accidentally click on Erase HD / Erase volume option that removes numerous files present in volume on Mac mini
  • Using Terminal on Mac Mini to erase folders with ‘rm’ command might sometimes result in deletion of wrong files / folders permanently
  • While using third party trashing tools to accomplish the task of permanent deletion of files on Mac mini, user may accidentally select necessary files and delete them

Mac users may encounter all these scenarios and lose crucial files from Mac Mini. But, even permanently erased file can be retrieved back if the storage memory on Mac Mini is not used for further read / write process soon after deleting any files. This is because, deleted files are just made invisible to the OS X by removing registry pointers of erased files from file allocation table and marking their memory as reusable. Thus, files still reside in the same memory location until any new data is saved to their location.

Simple approach to extract deleted files on Mac Mini:

Most of the times, Time Machine an inbuilt backup utility can restore erased files on Mac computers. If Time Machine utility doesn’t help in restoring deleted files, then go for any third party proficient Mac recovery tool to accomplish the task. One such utility is Yodot Mac File Recovery software to retrieve erased files on Mac Mini. The tool is well equipped to rigorously scan the selected storage media like hard drive, external hard drive, USB drive, etc. on Macintosh machine to recover lost and erased files within minutes. This recovery program is well suited for Mac computers/laptops like Mac Mini, Mac Pro, iMac, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air that operates on OS X Snow Leopard (10.6), Leopard (10.5) and OS X Lion (10.7) versions.

Procedure to use Yodot Mac File Recovery tool:

  • Download the software to a new volume on Mac Mini and install it
  • After running the program wait for the main screen to get displayed
  • From the given two options in the main window, select ‘Deleted File Recovery’ option
  • Next screen shows all the volumes present on Mac Mini
  • Select the volume from which files are erased and click next
  • Allow the software to thoroughly scan the volume for deleted files
  • Next screen holds all the recovered files in Data view / File Type view
  • Switch between these two options to browse for required file types and preview the details
  • Then target a new destination location and save these files

Necessary Tips:

  • Do not erase files from Terminal as it will remove files from Mac beyond manual recovery
  • Before emptying Trash make sure that it does not hold any important files
  • Always keep backup of crucial files and folders to overcome occasions of accidental deletion

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