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PDF Recovery Mac: How to Recover Deleted PDF on Mac

Part 1Can I Recover Deleted PDF Files on My Mac?

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Hey, the problem is that some of my deleted PDF files in my Mac trash have been totally removed. I know this is a big mistake, but I wonder whether there is any way for me to get my PDF files back on my Mac or not. Any suggestion will be very much appreciated.

This is an annoying problem. Thankfully, there is still chance for you to restore PDF on a Mac. One thing you need to keep in mind is that only when new data is saved on your Mac that overwrites the lost PDF files, will they be lost forever. This means you need to stop using your Mac and look for a Mac PDF recovery program to help you.

It’s quite a simple job to restore PDF on Mac if you have Wondershare Data Recovery for Mac on hand. This nicely designed program is capable of recovering lost, deleted, formatted or corrupted PDF files from many different kinds of devices, including Macs, external hard drives, memory cards and flash drives.

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Download the trial version of Wondershare Data Recovery for Mac to start Mac PDF recovery now. PS: If you are a Windows user, you can also get the Windows version of Wondershare Data Recovery and learn how to recover lost PDF files on Windows computer here: how to recover lost pdf files on Windows computer.

Part 23 Steps to Process PDF Recovery Mac

Setp 1. Choose File Type to Recover PDF on Mac

With Wondershare Data Recovery to restore lost or deleted PDF on Mac, select the option "Document" to start.

Note: Please do not install the tool on the partition where your PDF files were lost from.

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Setp 2. Scan the Partition for Lost PDF

Now, the program will look like the image below, where all partitions are detected and listed. You just need to select the one you are going to search for your PDF and hit on "Start" to begin.

Note: If your PDF files were lost from external storage device, please make sure that it can be recognized as a hard drive on your Mac.

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Setp 3. Recover PDF on Mac

When the scan is over, all files found including your PDF files, will be listed as below. You can check the found PDF files and click "Recover" to save them back to your Mac.

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Note: You can preview and check the found PDF files before you purchase the PDF recovery mac tool to makre sure that they’re the right files. Also, please do not save the found files to the location where they were lost from. This might cause them to be overwritten and lost again.

Note: Recover Lost Mac Data under Mac OS X 10.13 (High Sierra)

Due to macOS High Sierra (macOS 10.13) requirement, Mac users are not allowed an access to the built-in system drive from any apps. Therefore, if you need to restore lost data from the system disk under macOS 10.13, please "disable System Integrity Protection" first.

How to disable "disable System Integrity Protection"? Please follow the steps below.

Step 1Reboot the Mac and hold down"Command + R" keys simultaneously after you hear the startup chime, this will boot OS X into Recovery Mode.

Step 2When the "OS X Utilities" screen appears, pull down the "Utilities" menu at the top of the screen instead, and choose "Terminal".

Step 3In the "Terminal" window, type in "csrutil disable" and press "Enter" then restrart your Mac.

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