MacBooks are gaining tremendous popularity. They might soon overtake the total computers produced by the largest PC manufacturer. Apple reportedly sold 5.3 million MacBooks in the fourth quarter of 2018 alone.
As more people invest in MacBooks, we are starting to become more aware of the technical issues. Data loss is one of the most common problems.
There are a number of reasons that MacBook files can be lost. Some of the most common problems are:
- Malware infections
- Physical trauma to the media storage devices
- Failed operating system upgrades
- Corrupted software files that create instability’s in the rest of the system
- Human error
All of these problems are common causes of MacBook file loss. Viruses are especially dangerous. The Flashback is one of the worst causes of data loss, after infecting at least 650,000 Macs around the world. Fortunately, there are a number of ways that you can restore files to your Mac device.
Here are some general guidelines to help you restore lost files from your MacBook.
Pinpoint the cause of your data loss while running memory mode
You are going to need to take the following steps to begin restoring the data.
Specify the Cause of the Data Loss in the Memory Mode Wizard
Before you can start restoring lost MacBook files, it is necessary to identify the cause of the problem. Even if you have found that there is no damage to your MacBook media, you still need to determine the cause of the problem before you can start restoring your files.
When you are using a MacBook file recovery tool, you may need to specify the cause of the file deletions and how are you intend to restore the data. This is usually done in a process called memory mode or something similar. You will need to launch the memory mode process when you begin the program. Your selections may include:
- Restoring data that has been lost during the formatting or petitioning process
- Restoring files that have been accidentally deleted from your main hard drive
- Restoring files that have been deleted from your trash bin
- Restoring files that have been lost due to an improper update
- Restoring files that have been deleted by a virus
Choose the proper option from the memory mode wizard to ensure that your files are properly restored.
Conduct a quick scan on the hard drive that the data was lost
Once you have specified the type of file deletion that you need to restore from the memory mode wizard, you’re going to need to scan the affected hard drive for the files that you want to restore. You can perform a quick scan by clicking the hard drive and selecting the appropriate scan button. Keep in mind that this operation is usually used for more easy to identify files. They have usually been recently deleted due to human error without being overwritten. If the files have been overwritten or the media has been compromised in some way, then you’re going to need to use a full system scan and recovery.
Select the files to restore
The final step is to preview the files and restore them individually. You need to make sure that you are restoring the right files.
How can you restore files from a hard drive or MacBook media external storage device that has been physically damaged?
Recovering files from a MacBook that has been physically damaged is going to be more difficult. Fortunately, there are a number of MacBook file restoration tools that can help.
Mac World discusses some of the problems that you need to tackle during this process. You are going to need to first determine whether or not the physical device can be repaired. Then, you are going to need to launch the Disk Utility wizard. You will need to then specify that you want to scan the disk and search for errors. Once the errors are identified, you are going to start searching for errors and select First Aid command to fix them.
This is often sufficient, provided there wasn’t any extensive damage to the device. However, if the device was badly damaged, then you will need to try using a MacBook file recovery tool.