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Restore Deleted Files in Mac OS X

A common misconception about Mac OS X is that the operating system securely deleted files by default, removing them from the user's hard drive as soon as the user empties the Trash bin. As is the case with most modern operating systems, Mac OS X only erases the file directory entries for deleted files. The operating system basically marks the space used by the deleted files as free without actually overwriting any data.

Restore Deleted Files in Mac OS X

The file deletion process on Mac OS systems poses several serious challenges for data recovery engineers.

When a Mac OS X computer needs to write new data, it will overwrite the deleted files. However, data is always recoverable up until this point. Experienced data recovery engineers can recover deleted data from Mac OS devices by using dedicated utilities to restore the deleted file directory entries and rebuilding any overwritten data.

Factors that affect data recovery for Mac OS X deleted files include:

  • Extent of File Overwrite
  • Size of Deleted File
  • Deleted File Format
  • Mac OS X Version Number
  • Type of Storage Media

Secure Data Recovery Services provides professional data recovery services for all Mac OS X systems. We specialize in Apple data recovery, and our engineers regularly work with deleted and overwritten files. Contact us today for a free media evaluation.

Steps to Take After Deleting Files on a Mac OS X Device

Because data recovery software can easily damage your files when used incorrectly, we strongly recommend using a professional data recovery service instead of a Mac OS X deleted file utility. Commercial data recovery programs work by using an automated process to restore deleted file entries, but this often results in file corruption or overwrites. Some programs provide a list of recoverable files, but these lists are typically inaccurate due to the automated nature of the software.

Professional data recovery engineers can work directly with deleted data, repairing corruption and using an individualized approach to give each case the best possible chances of a successful outcome. Data recovery engineers can work safely with deleted files and never take risks that could result in media damage or accidental overwrites.

As soon as you realize that you need access to deleted data, you should turn off your computer. Mac OS X regularly writes data while operating, and shutting down your computer will prevent the system from overwriting your data. Without turning your computer on, try to make a list of the deleted files and folders. Call Secure Data Recovery Services as soon as possible to set up free diagnostics.

Our engineering teams have many years of experience with Mac OS data and can provide you with a fast media analysis. We provide a price quote and turnaround estimate with every evaluation, and when possible, we will also provide an accurate list of recoverable files. Secure Data Recovery Services is one of the only data recovery companies with completely risk-free, no-obligation media diagnostics for Mac OS systems.

Secure Data Recovery Services and Mac OS X File Recovery

Secure Data Recovery Services offers custom file repair and data recovery services for Mac OS X systems. Unlike other data recovery companies, we use strict security procedures to protect restored Mac OS X files. We were the first data recovery provider to earn a SSAE 18 Type II Certification, which we maintain along with the related SAS 70 certification through regular audits and laboratory tests.

Additionally, we hold compliance certification for PCI-DSS, and as a member of the Information Systems Security Association, we promote transparency in our industry by posting all of our certification documents online. We are also a member of the General Services Administration (GSA) contractor schedules and a certified Green Business.

Reasons to choose Secure Data Recovery Services include:

  • Dedicated Mac OS X Data Recovery Teams
  • High Recovery Rates and Fast Turnaround Times
  • Decades of Combined Experience with HFS, HFS+ and Other Mac Filesystems
  • 24/7/365 Emergency Data Recovery Services
  • Online Case Monitoring Tools
  • Free, No-Risk Media Diagnostics for All Mac Storage Devices
  • Certified Class 10 ISO 4 Cleanroom Data Recovery

Our free media diagnostics are the fastest and safest way to analyze recovery options for your Mac OS X system. Within 24 hours of receiving your media, we will evaluate the condition of your deleted files to provide a no-obligation price quote and turnaround estimate. If you approve the recovery, we will make a bit-by-bit clone of your media to prevent any chance of accidental overwrites. Secure Data Recovery Services' engineers have access to proprietary file utilities, a Certified Class 10 ISO 4 Cleanroom and state-of-the-art Mac OS X data recovery tools.

To set up a new case or for more information on Mac OS X deleted file recovery, contact our customer service team today.