The sinking feeling that accompanies losing a huge amount of data on a MacBook Pro is one that many of us – most unfortunately – have experienced. Never fear – there are tried and true steps you can take to recover your data.

Of course, you can easily restore your data if you’ve recently backed it up, but if you haven’t, then Apple data recovery is still possible. That’s because files that appear to have vanished from your system are not immediately removed by the Mac operating system (OS). Rather, the OS simply frees up the space formerly occupied by a lost file and makes it available for reuse. As long as that space remains free from new files, your lost file is still recoverable.

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Attempting to recover lost data from your Mac

The first step you should take is to try some data recovery software, this can save a lot of time and cost when trying to retrieve lost data from your Apple device. If this doesn’t work then don’t panic, this doesn’t mean that data cannot be retrieved, you can hire a data recovery company that specialises in Apple data recovery in your area – often companies like Evolution Business Data Recovery will be able to recover data using hardware. Hardware owned by these experts is usually state of the art and gives a much higher rate of success than using software.

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Data recovery software

First, download the MacBook Pro data recovery software as soon as practicable following the data loss. After doing this, you should be able to retrieve lost files in three, easy steps. First, select the types of files you wish to recover in order to reduce the amount of scanning time. It should be noted that two recovery modes exist when it comes to MacBook Pro data recovery. It’s best to try Quick Recovery mode first. If that doesn’t recover your data, then you’ll need to select Advanced Recovery mode in order to continue. Of course, the Advanced Recovery mode will take more time than the Quick Recovery mode but it is likely to find many more files.

Second, select the hard drive on your Mac on which you lost your files. Once you do this, the software on your computer automatically will scan your hard drive in an attempt to recover lost files.

Once the scan is complete, your results will appear in three forms – including Path, Time and File Type – which will make it significantly easier to find those files for which you’re searching. The MacBook Pro data recovery software also has a feature that allows users to preview files to check their quality or learn more information about them before deciding to save them.

Preventing data loss on your MacBook

Being able to recover your files is great, but it’s even better to never need a reason to in the first place. In order to prevent against future data loss, your best defense is to ensure that you back up important files before deleting or formatting them. In the event that you have already lost data on your MacBook Pro, then be careful not to save any new data onto your hard drive, as that may overwrite your lost data. Prevention is key.

By Marcela