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How to recover deleted files on Mac and Windows?



Recovering deleted files on both Mac and Windows involves utilizing built-in features or third-party tools. Here's a guide for each operating system:


On Mac:

1. Check the Trash:

- Open the Trash by clicking on its icon in the Dock. If you find the deleted files, right-click on them and select "Put Back" to restore them to their original location.

2. Time Machine (for Backup):

- If you have Time Machine enabled for backups, you can restore deleted files from a previous backup. Open the Time Machine application, navigate to the desired date, and locate the files to restore.

3. Use a Data Recovery Software:

- If the files are not in the Trash, you can use third-party data recovery software like Disk Drill, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, or Stellar Data Recovery. These tools can scan your storage and recover deleted files.

4. Restore from iCloud (if applicable):

- If you use iCloud, check iCloud Drive or Photos for the deleted files. iCloud may keep copies of your files that can be restored.


On Windows:

1. Check the Recycle Bin:

- Open the Recycle Bin on your desktop. If you find the deleted files, right-click on them and select "Restore" to return them to their original location.

2. Restore Previous Versions:

- Right-click on the folder that contained the deleted files and select "Restore previous versions." This option allows you to restore files from a previous point in time if File History or System Restore is enabled.

3. Use File History (Windows 10/11):

- If File History is enabled, you can recover deleted files using this feature. Open the folder where the files were located, click the "History" button, and navigate to the version you want to restore.

4. Data Recovery Software:

- Similar to Mac, there are several third-party data recovery tools for Windows, such as Recuva, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, or Disk Drill. These tools can help recover deleted files from your storage.

5. Check OneDrive or Cloud Storage (if applicable):

- If you use OneDrive or another cloud storage service, check the online storage for the deleted files. Some cloud services offer file versioning, allowing you to recover previous versions.

6. Restore from Backup:

- If you have a backup of your system or files, restore the deleted files from the backup. This could be a backup created by built-in Windows tools or third-party backup software.

Remember that the chances of successful recovery decrease over time as new data is written to the storage device. It's crucial to act quickly and avoid using the affected drive for new data until the recovery process is complete. Additionally, regularly backing up your files is the best practice to avoid permanent data loss.

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