How to restore deleted files on drives and storage media on an Apple Mac

Find files you thought were lost and restore them

If you are looking for deleted file recovery software for your Apple Mac, Remo Recover is worth considering. It finds documents, photos, videos and more and you can try it for free.

We all lose files from time to time and we swear we saved something in a folder or on a drive, but a month, week or even just a day later, it is nowhere to be found. What happened to it? Gremlins get everywhere. The obvious place to look for the missing file is in the Trash and it can be a life-saver, but what if it is not there?

Often, but not every time, lost and deleted files can be recovered using special software that scans the drive looking for them. The thing is, deleted files often remain on the drive for some time and they are simply hidden. Recovery software can present you with a list of deleted items that you can then restore.

Remo Recover (Mac) is easy to use and you don’t need any technical knowledge to recover deleted or lost files. It is useful to try the free version to see if it can find the files you lost before paying for the full version. It works with most types of external storage like USB drives, memory cards from devices and so on. There is even a Windows PC version too.

Basic, Media and Pro editions

Remo Recover (Mac) comes in several editions and you can choose from the Basic Edition, Media Edition or Pro Edition. They cost $59.97, $69.97 and $179.97 respectively (Windows versions are a bit cheaper). The software can be downloaded for free and the free version can be used to find and view deleted and lot files, but you need to buy an edition to actually save the recovered files.

Remo Recover file recovery software for Apple Mac
A Pro Edition user has access to all features

The Basic edition is able to recover lost or deleted files from Mac OS Extended (Journaled) partitions and drives. It is OK, but the Media Edition has more features for just $10 more.

The Media Edition supports the recovery of digital photos, videos and music files from memory cards, USB drives, iPods and other flash memory storage. This is the best version and it costs only slightly more than the Basic Edition.

The Pro Edition is only needed if you want to recover drives and partitions that have been lost, formatted to reinstalled with a new operating system.

Recover lost or deleted files

Choose to recover files or media and you can choose the method used. There is a quick option to recover deleted files and a slow option that scans the drive more thoroughly, but takes much longer. It is useful to select the quick method first and then use the thorough one only if it does not find the files you want to recover.

Remo Recover software for Apple Mac. Recover photos, videos and music
Recover Photos recovers videos, music and other files too

You are presented with a list of drives and volumes plugged into the Mac and you can select the drive to scan for lost files.

Choose the drive to scan with Remo Recover for Apple Mac software
Select the drive to work with

The Media Edition lets you choose the type of files to scan for, which makes it more useful than the Basic Edition, and it shows the estimated recovery speed. Pictures and documents are very quick to scan for, but music and video files take longer. One or all types of file can be selected.

Choose the types of file to recover with Remo Recover for Apple Mac
Choose the types of file to scan for

The drive with lost files is then chosen and Remo Recover scans it – quickly or slowly and thoroughly as selected earlier. Afterwards there are two ways to view the results and organizing them by file type is useful if you know what you are looking for.

Select the files to restore in Remo Recover for Apple Mac
Select the files to recover and click Save. Job done!

A file can be selected, such as a photo, and clicking the Preview button shows it. This is useful if you want to check that the file selected is the one you want to recover.

Tick the checkboxes for the items you want to restore and the files are saved to another drive, like the Mac’s internal drive. You then just open Finder and go to the folder to access them.

Testing Remo Recover (Mac)

Does it work? I formatted an old USB thumb drive and put some files on it. I then deleted them, bypassing the Trash, which would be too easy to recover from. Remo Recover then scanned the drive. It found the deleted files and recovered them without any problems.

I also performed a deep scan and it found files from before I started. Files from the last time I used the drive. It recovered them even though I had formatted the drive and put new files on. It found files after a drive format.

Remo Recover worked perfectly and restored all my test files. However, in real life, file recovery is rarely so easy and deleted files can be overwritten either partially or completely, which may make them impossible to recover by any recovery software. Remo Recover cannot work miracles!

The software is good and it performed well in tests. If you have lost files I recommend downloading it and trying it. It will show the files it can recover. If you see the ones you lost, you can then go ahead and register it and then recover them. If you don’t, well, it hasn’t cost you anything.

Software license supplied by Remo Software.


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I have been a computer, phone and internet enthusiast for many years. This has enabled me to build up an extensive knowledge about them. I still have a lot to learn, but I am working hard at it!