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Useful Ways to Restore Deleted Files in MacOS Sierra

Jason Kirk,

Do you often clean your computer for unnecessary files and information? Probably, your Trash on the desktop has long been crammed. Has it ever happened to you that you deleted certain files from your Mac, but then regretted it so much? Well, you are not alone, many people wonder whether there is a way to restore deleted files on their computers. If you have a MacOS Sierra or some other Apple operating system, it actually won’t provide you with an “undelete” tool, but help you recover the files you need. Please, read this detailed instruction:

Check your Trash First

The simplest thing you can do at first is to look in your trash. After you delete files, they are saved in the Trash until it is emptied. Thus, if you did not manage to delete the files from the Trash, you can easily restore them. Go to the Trash app and restore the files easily.

Use Time Machine to Recover Deleted Files

Time Machine Backup is certainly a good choice for you to seek ways to restore deleted files on your Mac. If you’ve already been using this smart tool, you have no difficulty in recovering files. You may use Time Machine to backup the files in network locations, external drives, and even AirPort Time Capsule devices. In fact, you are able to restore the files you deleted or at least their previous versions.

Here is a small guide for recovering files using Time Machine Backup:

  1. On the menu bar, click on the Time Machine icon. Select “Enter Time Machine.”
Enter Time Machine
  1. At the bottom right corner, specify the date and time that you would like to go back to. This is the time when the file was on the computer. Click on “go back in time”.
Restore files using Time Machine
  1. You will notice a list of files stored on your Mac at the specified time. The ones that had backed up in the external hard drive are pink, the ones backed up on the internal storage, are white.
  2. To preview a file, select it and press the spacebar.
  3. Click on the “Restore” button to restore it.

Take an Advantage of Using Disk Drill

If you fail to restore the necessary files using the previous methods, there is one alternative but a reliable option. Use such a data recovery program like Disk Drill 3. This is a very useful software for recovering files in macOS Sierra.

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It is known that the ability of data recovery on the hard disk is influenced by factors, namely: the time elapsed since the file was deleted, the drive activity, the type of encryption on your hard drive and others. But the program Disk Drill 3 can restore any files from both external and internal hard drives.

With Disk Drill 3, you can also restore the files deleted from the solid-state drives (SSD). However, for example, files deleted using the TRIM command cannot be restored with any possible technique or software. SSD drives of new Mac models have a TRIM function that works automatically, but nevertheless, you can change the settings and turn it off. Using the new Disk Drill, you can still restore the files deleted by TRIM while you have enabled the Guaranteed Recovery in the SSD drive’s settings. The Guaranteed Recovery creates an invisible cope of any file before it is deleted from Trash, and Disk Drill will restore that copy for you.

Here is a short instruction on how to use Disk Drill:

  1. Download Disk Drill 3 software and launch it. If you want to recover files from the external hard drive, connect it.
Disk Drill 3 on macOS Sierra
  1. Choose the disk that you want to restore files from. Click on “scan”. Be ready to wait as the process may take some time.
Restore Deleted Files
  1. Now you can see the catalog of files. Choose the ones you need to restore and click on “Recover”. Disk Drill restores files to your computer in a matter of minutes.

These two options are very easy to follow so it’s up to you which one to choose. Nevertheless, restoring files won’t be a problem anymore.