Pretty much all computers and i phones come with video capability these days. As a result, we all get to be documentarians of our lives. Not only this, but videos can be useful ways to save important information and communicate with friends. Like any other file though, video files some times get lost in the shuffle and deleted. If this has happened (or is happening) to you, you know the pain and anxiety that results from suddenly realizing you’ve irretrievably lost something important.
In the past, file recovery was a tedious and laborious process that didn’t always work. Fortunately, a lot has changed in the past ten years and there are now dozens of file recovery programs to help you out.
Before going into the specifics of file recovery, let’s talk about some of the causes for lost data in the first place.
You may need to recover a file simply because you deleted it by mistake. This is a pretty easy fix and sometimes you can even find the lost file in the recycle bin, which is easy and quick.
A little more tricky is when your OS is corrupted by malware or a bad file. Corruption may freeze up entire drives and as a result delete or rewrite files.
The worst case scenario is when a piece of hardware fails. Depending on the level of damage, there may be no DIY solution to this one. Severely damaged hardware should be brought to a specialist or a forensic recovery lab.
So, if you’ve lost a file, but your hardware seems to be running fine, let’s discuss what you can do.
You’ll want to first leave all affected drives alone during recovery. Affected drives are those on which the file was stored. If you start saving or introducing new files, your computer will overwrite the “free” space left behind by the deleted file. You don’t want this. You want to pluck the ghost of that file from the free space.
While leaving the drive alone, you’ll want to get a recovery application. There are a lot of options so here’s a little tip: pick an application that runs natively on Mac OS X. These apps will support all of the features of your device without causing further complications.
A few examples of native applications are uFlysoft Data Recovery, Prosoft Data Rescue, and Alsoft DiskWarrior 4.4. All of these products are package deals that will handle a variety of scenarios and restore an array of different file types. Take some time to read about each app and choose the one that meets your needs.
Most recovery apps work in a similar fashion. You first scan for lost files. After this you manuall search among those profiles, being sure to preview each one to double check its contents. Many deleted files lose their file names, meaning that you’ll have to verify their contents with your own eyeballs. Once you’ve located the file in question, you tell the app to recover the file. The entire process is easy to execute by can be time consuming and tedious, depending upon how buried or hidden a file is.