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How to Recover Data from HFS on Mac?

2012-07-26 15:20:16 / Posted by to PC Utilities Topic
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The key difference between Windows and Mac data recovery is the different file systems they support separately. The Windows computer typically use NTFS files system, while the Mac file system is known as HFS (Hierarchical File system). And current Mac computers, including iPod, use a newer version of HFS plus to replace the primary file system of HFS. Sometimes the data loss problems occur because the data structures used by HFS file system to store, manage, access and manipulate data are damaged or corrupted.

Reasons why data lost from HFS file system?
* Accidentally deleted the important files from HFS while you originally want to delete another file;
* In some situations, the HFS file system volume may become inaccessible on Mac operating system;
* You are forced to format the HFS that causes all the files lost on the system;
* Virus infection occurred on the HFS file system which leading to a data loss issue;
* Many more...

What you should do after the situation happens as above? The first thing you need to do is to stop saving new files into the HFS system in case the lost files are being overwritten by new data. Then, perform the HFS data recovery immediately with the Data Recovery for Mac, which is specially designed to help Mac users to recover lost, deleted or formatted videos, music, photos, documents and more from any type of storage device, such as memory card, USB drive, hard disk, mobile phone, digital camera, etc.

Read the following guide to see how to restore lost data from HFS on Mac by using Data Recovery for Mac. If you are a Windows user, you can pick up the Windows version of Amacsoft Data Recovery Pro, which can do the same recovery job on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Window Vista, etc.

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3 Steps to Restore Lost Files from HFS on Mac OS X

Step 1: Choose the recovery mode

Firstly install and run the HFS Recovery for Mac software. There are three modes for you to select include "Deleted File Recovery", "Raw Recovery" and "Lost Partition Recovery". Here we press "Deleted File Recovery".

Step 2: Select the HFS file system

Select the HFS file system where your lost files were and click the "Scan" button to begin scanning. It can recover the lost files from external hard drives and USB flash drives with different file systems as well.

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Step 3: Preview and Recover Data from HFS on Mac

When the scan is over, the recoverable files all list for you to choose. Pick up the check-box of the lost files which you want to recover and click the "Recover" button. Type or or select a destination where you want to save the target files, and then click the "Save" button.

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Here we highly recommend you to select other locations from your source partitions, and other operations like copying, deleting or altering the files on this damaged HFS file system should also be avoided as it may occupy and overwrite the area of the lost data.

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