How to Recover Deleted Files on Mac and Windows?


The accidental deletion is a real menace given that you pressed Command (or Shift) during the process. You won’t get a chance to restore the files from the Recycle Bin and there is nothing you can do about it.

Have you ever encountered a situation like the one given above? We wish for a magic wand to recover all the permanently deleted files within a blink. Is that really possible?

Yes it is! In this article, you will find out two different methods you can use for both Mac and Windows to get back any corrupted or permanently deleted files like a brisk business.

Recover Deleted Files on Mac and Windows

As stated earlier, the article consists of two parts; one for Mac and the second for Windows. For both the platforms, I used different tools to dive deep into the partition and pull out the deleted files.

How to Recover Deleted Files from Mac?

You need to follow the steps given below so that you can have any deleted file on your computer like it was there before.

Step 1: First, you have to download an application and install it. I recommend using Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac as it allows us to get back deleted files from any device.

Step 2: Once you have the application installed on your Mac machine, you need to figure out from where you want to recover the files. In case you want to retain deleted files on external media, you must not forget to connect the same to the computer.

Step 3: Now, open the software and choose the scan mode according to the location of the data recovery. Then, you will see the interface to have two different scanning choices. If you think you have deleted the file long ago, deep scanning is the one you should go with. In case the data recovery involves the files you recently deleted, you can try a quick scan.

Step 4: At this step, you need to select the hard drive where the deleted data was stored in. Then, you can select the file types (comes handy when you look for a specific file as it filters the certain type only).

Step 5: On hitting the Scan button, you will see the progress bar with the remaining time. Once the scanning finishes, you will see the target files with a preview option. The previewing helps you have a sneak at them to figure out the insider.

Step 6: Finally, you can hit the Recover button after selecting the required files.

How to Recover Deleted Files from Windows?

Step 1: For Windows, you can download and install EaseUs Data Recovery. I am sure you will open the app once it is installed.

Step 2: It will ask you to select the partition you want to recover the files from. If an external storage device is the source, you can choose that one also here.

Step 3: When you go through both the steps given above, you can hit the Scan button.

Step 4: On finishing the scan, you will get the results with an option to preview the file. Select what you want, choose a destination, and there you have it.

What are the Features of an Ideal Data Recovery Application?

Diversified file support:- We deal with many file formats every day. When it comes to me, documents are what I use the most. It may or may not vary when it comes to you. We all have important photos on your computer, which we are not comfortable with losing. So, a recovery tool should support all file types so that we can use it whenever we accidentally delete any file.

External media compatibility:- The data loss can happen anywhere no matter the storage device is internal or external. Whenever important files from your external media lose, you can seek the help of the recovery software if it supports the same.

Deep and quick scanning option:- Deep scanning digs deep into the file system to pull out files deleted long ago whereas quick scanning accounts for finding files deleted recently. Quick scanning doesn’t take much time to finish the process. Of course, we need both of them.

Preview pane:- Once the scanning completes, the software presents a list of files it found before us. Given the large number of files, recovering each one is tedious and time consuming. So, you can use the preview pane to sneak at what the file contains and easily figure out the required file from the list like a walk in the park.


I hope you know how to recover deleted files from Mac and Windows. You won’t be having any doubts as every step is provided above.

In case you encounter a problem, feel free to leave a comment below.


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