Overwriting important files is one of the most common data recovery problems today. Luckily, no matter whether you’re overwritten and important file or even deleted a file by accident, there’s always a way to repair the damage. In this article, I’m going to look at some of the most popular file recovery tools for both PC and Mac.
The first thing that you should do when trying to recover a lost file is attempt to fix it using any available (built in) recovery solutions. Windows machines can normally roll back individual files through folder settings, while Mac OS devices have the Time Machine feature. Now, if these solutions for some reason don’t work or are not available to you, look for third party file recovery tools.
Deleted/overwritten file recovery
Alright so let’s say that any available inbuilt solutions didn’t work and you really need to get your files back. Your only option is to get a professional file recover tool such as this software to recover overwritten files from Mac. Some of these have trial versions, while others will require full payment upfront. I recommend going for something that has a trial since there are no guarantees that it will work!
Now, once you download and install the recovery tools on your machine, the rest of the process is very straightforward:
- Run the program and let it scan your disk.
- See what files are available for recovery and pick which ones you’d like to retrieve.
- Finalize the recovery process and you’re done.
A great thing about using trial-version software is that it will normally allow you to scan your disk and review results without purchasing anything. Then, if you see that the files which you need are available for recovery, you can happily pay for the software and finalize the recovery process.