Recover Files from FAT Partition on Mac

“You bought a new Mac Book laptop and you changed one of the Volumes of the Mac hard disk to FAT32 in order to access this partition on both Windows and Mac OS. You stored all your important files like PDF, text, document, project files and etc on this Volume. And one day suddenly the files from the FAT Volume went missing due to virus attack”. Now you want to know, how to recover data from FAT Volume on Mac.

FAT (File Allocation Table) is auniversal file system which is supported on both Windows and Mac operating systems. So by creating a FAT partition on Mac, it is easier to access that Volume on both the operating system .But due to poor logical structure,the FAT file system gets corrupt and the data under these partitions become inaccessible and lost.

Let us see some of the scenarios which lead to data loss from FAT partition on Mac

  • Accidentally deleting a file or folder from your FAT Volume on Mac
  • Deleting a file using “Command + Delete” key combination which bypasses the Trash can
  • Formatting the FAT file system and then finding out that you had important data on it
  • Improper termination of the system when the file from the FAT Volume in use
  • Virus attack on the FAT file system
  • File system corruption caused due to partitioning error on the FAT drive
  • Interruption during creating, re-sizing, removing or converting the FAT file system

How to recover data from FAT Volume on Mac?

Whenever you delete a file or folder from your Mac Machine, the OS only makes a deletion mark on the file / folder directory entry, marking clusters in FAT as "empty" and therefore allows users to store new files. The deleted / lost file is still available on the clusters. This makes it possible to recover files from FAT file system.

Which recovery tool should be used?

Yodot Mac File Recovery is the best recovery tool to recover data from FAT Volume on Mac. This application easily recovers files from a FAT partition which was either deleted or formatted. The tool also helps in recovering files from other devices having FAT file system like pen drives, thumb drives, memory cards, memory stick and etc. The Software has very user friendly interface through which even a novice can recover his lost data.Apart from FAT the software also recovers files from HFS and HFS+ file systems.

Steps to use the software

  • Download and install Yodot Mac File Recovery Software to your Macintosh (Not on the FAT Volume from where data is to be recovered)
  • Open the software and stick to the onscreen procedures
  • You’llfind two options, i.e. "Deleted file recovery" and "Lost file recovery" from the main screen
  • Select the one as per the data loss situation
  • The Software scans and displays all the Volumes present in the system including the external drives if any connected
  • Choose the FAT Volume from where files are to be recovered
  • The Application scans again and displays all the deleted / lost files present on the selected Volume
  • The Recoverable files are displayed in two views, i.e. i.e. “Data view” and “File type view”. Data view displays the files and folders in hierarchical format whereas file type view displays the files based on their file extensions
  • You can use either of the two views to searchand recover your files
  • Select the files or folders which you want to recover
  • Browse for the destination location in order to save your rescued files. It is suggested to not save the recovered data on to the same FAT Volume from which you are recovering from because the possibilities of the original data getting replaced is very high


  • Do regular backup of your important data onto any storage devices such as external hard disk, CD, DVD etc; in order to compensate for data loss situation
  • Check twice or thrice before formatting any Volumes / partitions
  • Make use of “Read-only” option to protect your important files from deletion or modification
  • It is suggested not to add any new data to the drive / Volume containing the deleted file cause it may result in overwriting