How to Recover Disappeared Files from MacBook?

“Few files from my MacBook Pro have been disappeared automatically; actually yesterday before shutting it down, I have checked and those files were present in the location where I have saved them. But they are no longer present in my MacBook. Is there any method that I can follow to find files which have been disappeared from my MacBook?”

MacBook is a notebook introduced by Apple Inc. which has gained popularity in a short span of time. It allows you to add huge amount of data and you can carry it wherever you go as it is portable. However, sometimes even though you have not deleted any files or transferred them to another location, files from MacBook might get disappear without your knowledge. In such circumstances, one can follow below mentioned procedure to make disappeared files appear on MacBook

  • Use Search Box: Every MacBook is provided with search box in order to find for certain files which are out of your reach. Hence put name of the file in search box and press enter button. Mac will now show you the files. You can directly open the files by clicking on it or right click on it to find for the original location
  • Utilize Mac Terminal: In case the files are hidden, then first method will not work. Hence you are suggested to visit Mac Terminal to unhide the files which are in hidden state. First of all Launch Mac Finder and then open utilities folder followed by a Terminal Window. Type these words on it “SUDO defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES; killall Finder”. Hit enter and then close Mac Terminal
  • Time Machine: If you had ran Time machine while working on MacBook, then the disappeared files will be saved in Time machine. Open Time machine and restore required files; but Time machine fails to save files if you do not run it while carrying out any task

Files recovery software for MacBook:

If you have already gone through above procedure and could not find disappeared files in MacBook, then those files may not exist in your MacBook. To make them visible, you are recommended to download software named Yodot Mac File Recovery. This software will scan specified drive and display recoverable files in a Mac styled menu which will makes it easier to restore files. One can view retrieved files based on their file size, created date and file type for easy identification. As the application works on read only mode, it will not write single byte to existing files that you want to regain back. One can bring back MS Office, iWork Suit, Adobe, Archives and other file formats which got disappeared from MacBook (MacBook Pro, MacBook Air), iMac, Mac Mini and Mac Pro desktop. Also, one can effortlessly recover lost files from Mac computers running with Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks operating systems.

Steps to get back files disappeared from MacBook:

  • First of all download Yodot Mac File Recovery software and install it to your MacBook
  • As soon as this software gets installed, run it to begin the file recovery from MacBook
  • Main screen shows two options which are “Deleted File Recovery” and “Lost File Recovery”
  • Choose “Lost File Recovery” option and then select the drive from where you want to regain files
  • Next screen will display list of recoverable files; select required file types or select “Skip” option to choose all file types by default and go further by hitting on “Next”
  • Cross check recovered list of file by utilizing two view types which are “Data View” and “File Type View”
  • At last save retrieved files in a desired location you like on your MacBook hard drive ot to any external storage drive

Preventive Tips:

  • Always run ‘Time machine’ utility to backup your files present in MacBook
  • Be careful while commencing any action using Mac Terminal

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