Retrieve Deleted Files on Mac Lion

It happens to most Mac Lion users at some point or the other, you realize that you have accidentally erased your project documents, that is due in 2 hours and then committed a bigger mistake by emptying the Trash Bin. When you encounter such situations do not panic as the items you deleted from Mac Lion are still recoverable.

Mac OS X Lion was among the most awaiting and advanced operating system manufactured by Apple Inc. This operating system has advanced features such as Multi-touch Support, Launchpad, Mail V5, Full-screen Apps, Auto Save, Air Drop etc. But, in spite of having such wonderful features, this operating system is not free from file deletion and loss, either due to human’s mistake or due to technical reasons. Below are some of the prominent reasons for file deletion on Mac Lion:

  • Mistakenly removing few vital files on Lion, while freeing up hard disk space
  • Using “Command + Shift +Option+ Delete” combination to empty the Trash bin without checking its contents
  • A third party application erasing your file without your knowledge
  • Files from Mac Lion are also deleted if there are bad sectors on Mac hard disk
  • Malware / Virus infection on your important file
  • Sudden power failure when file in use
  • Volume header corruption, catalog file corruption, OS failure are some of the other reasons

How is it possible to recover deleted files?

Once a file is deleted from Mac OS X Lion, it is not permanently gone. It is just invisible to you; the operating system just removes all its entries from the computer and marks the memory as free. But, it is also true that the deleted file still remains on its original location until it is not overwritten. One easy way to retrieve deleted files is from Trash. However if the file is not present in Trash then the best way to retrieve them is by using file recovery software for Mac systems.

Best software to recover erased files on Mac OS:

Yodot Mac File Recovery is a highly reputed application to retrieve deleted files on Mac Lion; you can rescue your important files such as documents, photos, audio files, video clips, compressed files etc using the software. The software supports deleted as well as lost file recovery from all Mac Lion file system such as HFS, HFS+ and HFSX and is easily compatible with all other Mac operating systems including Mac OS X (Leopard), Mac OS X (Snow Leopard) and Mac OS X (Lion).

Using the software:

  • Download and install Yodot Mac File Recovery software to your Mac computer
  • Run the application and follow the main screen steps
  • Use “Deleted File Recovery” option to retrieve back deleted files from Mac Lion
  • Select the Volume from where erased files have to be recovered
  • The recoverable files are displayed in two view types “Data View” and “File Type” view which makes your search easier
  • Choose the desired files by making use of the two view types and click on "Next" button
  • The software also allows you to preview the generic files before saving
  • Finally, browse for the destination location to save your rescued files (Although not to the same Volume from where they were recovered from)


  • Check the contents of Trash before emptying it
  • Don’t Install the application on the same Volume from where deleted files are to be recovered
  • Utilize “Time Machine” utility to regularly backup your vital files

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