How to Recover Formatted Mac Hard Drive

Is it possible to recover files after formatting Macintosh HD? The answer is definitely YES! In fact, Mac hard drive formatting doesn't wipe your files (unless the files are overwritten by other files). When you format a Mac hard drive, the file system of disk is replaced with a new empty file system. Thus, the entries of all the files and directories saved on the hard drive are cleaned and they are inaccessible. However, the disk maintains an index file, telling the computer's operating system the place that a particular file is stored. When you format the Mac hard drive, links between index and file are deleted. Those lost files are still physically intact, and you can recover formatted Mac hard drive before they are overwritten by new files.

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If you have backed up your Mac files, you can restore formatted files easily from the backup files. If you don't have any valid backup, you will need formatted Mac Recovery software to help you retrieve data back. Wondershare Data Recovery for Mac is a reliable Mac hard drive data recovery program, and 100% safe to help you recover formatted Mac hard drive. No matter formatted, deleted or lost files due to different reasons.

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How to Recover Formatted Mac Hard Drive

  1. Select the file type
  2. Install and run this data recovery on your Mac. To recover formatted files from your Mac HD, slect the option "All File Type" to start

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  3. Select the Macintosh HD for recovery
  4. Select the Mac hard drive that you formatted accidentally, and click on "Start" to find out all lost files.

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    If the quick scan can't find your data, go to deep scan which will deeply search and take more time.

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  5. Start to recover formatted Mac hard drive
  6. When the scanning completes, you can preview the scanning results and check those files important to you for recovery.

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Why need to format Mac Hard Drive

There is a built-in tool named Disk Utility in Mac which allows you to perform the format process by hitting on the "Erase" tab when specifying the disk or the volume. Formatting can fix some of the hard drive related logical problems, but also erase all the saved files and folders in the Macintosh HD, so usually you may not format Macintosh HD. Formatting is only performed for your certain purpose, such as:

• To remove a deadly virus, which even can't be cleared with an anti-virus software.
• Reinstall operating system to fix boot errors or restore missing system files.
• Replace damaged file system or Macintosh HD structures.
• Clear all data that you don't want from the Mac.

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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