How to Bring the Lost Files Back with Data Recovery Software

We’ve all accidentally deleted an important file-or forgotten to save a file after typing up a whole page worth of changes. The latter problem is fixed with Autosave in most modern Mac apps, and the former is usually fixable if you have a Time Machine backup setup or if the deleted file was in Dropbox (where you can undelete files or roll back changes to them for up to 30 days for free, from their site).

But what if you manage to delete a file that wasn’t backed up? Or-even worse-what if you wipe your whole backup disk without meaning to? You’re going to need a disk recovery tool, one that can undelete files. I just had this happen to my personal backup disk, and after recovering from my initial panic, took uFlysoft Data Recovery for Mac for a spin to see how much it could get back. This time, I wasn’t just testing an app for a review: I honestly needed the app to work.

The good news: it worked, most of the way. Here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly of disk recovery, and how to bring lost files back if you ever find yourself in a similar situation.

When Your Heart Drops Into Your Stomach

Here’s what happened for me. My Mac is a 13″ MacBook Air, with 128Gb of internal storage. That’s not too cramped, but you sure don’t want to store all of your photos and videos internally. So, I’ve got a 500Gb USB3 external hard drive, where our full-sized images and videos get stored, along with installers, ISO files from CD/DVD rips, and a backup of everything in my Dropbox (which is where all my documents, code, and lots of my music and pictures live). I’m not too much of a hoarder, since it all fits there, but it has some rather invaluable stuff like our wedding pictures and videos.

But then, I also have VMware Fusion virtual machines on my external harddrive-yes, the same one I use for backups. There’s not internal space in my Mac to have a copy of Windows 8, Ubuntu, and a second test copy of OS X installed, so I keep them installed in virtual machines stored on the external hard drive. They work surprisingly well from there.

Then, I downloaded a copy of OS X Mavericks beta from my developer account inside the OS X virtual machine, and think I’ll copy the installer to my external hard drive before installing it. I access my Mac (the host machine, remember) over the virtual network, open the external drive (that the virtual machine file is stored on and currently running from), and start copying the file over. I noticed that it only showed one file-the OS X virtual machine-on the external drive, but for some reason assumed it was just a quirk.

It wasn’t. The transfer crashed, I shut down the virtual machine, and then opened my external drive on the MacBook. Low and behold, everything was missing other than the virtual machine and the Mavericks installer-and the virtual machine file was messed up too, enough that it couldn’t reboot.

Moral of the story: don’t access an external hard drive through a virtual machine that’s running from said external hard drive. Whether it’s an OS X or VMware Fusion bug that caused the crash, or somehow I went too deep into digital Inception, I don’t know-but I do know that it wiped my “backup” drive.

Digging Through the Scrambles of Your Data

And that-or hopefully a less crazy scenario-is what uFlysoft Data Recovery Software is for. It can do a deep scan to find files of any type that you just deleted, or in the worst case scenarios, it can dig deep and find almost anything that’s been deleted from your drive and try the best to recover them. In a case like mine, you need the deep scan. It’ll take quite some time-around a half hour for me-but will start showing you the files that you can recover almost immediately, organized by file type and extension. It won’t recover your original folders, or even your original file names in most cases, but it will find the actual data, or even the parts of it that are left.

uFlysoft Mac Data Recovery lets you see all of your files as they’re rediscovered (Only photo files can be previewed) , organized by type and format. You can use Quick Look to preview the files as they’re discovered.

After the scanning and preview the files, you target the files you want to recover and then click “Recovery” button to start the file rescue process. Now what? Just wait and see.

Finish! Yes, only few steps to solve the problem I’ve met and explained in the long paragraph above. This is what uFlysoft Data Recovery for Mac does for you-quick and workable scan and recovery ability.

Final Though

Now, the best case would be that you’d never need to use uFlysoft Data Recovery. I sure hope you won’t have to. But this isn’t the only time I’ve needed to recover files-the other time, a memory card was somehow corrupted, and I used this app again and it worked too. But the best thing to avoid this situation is building a backup for you files. This can keep your files safety. Search more details for data rescue and backup just go and visit our Christmas special offer page to get data recovery method and big discount>>