HFS Data Recovery - Get Back Data from HFS File System
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HFS Data Recovery - Get Back Data from HFS File System

The key difference between Windows and Mac data recovery is the different file systems they support separately. The Windows computer typically use NTFS files system, while the Mac file system is known as HFS (Hierarchical File system). And current Mac computers, including iPod, use a newer version of HFS plus to replace the primary file system of HFS.

Sometimes the data loss problems occur because the data structures used by HFS file system to store, manage, access and manipulate data are damaged or corrupted, due to numerous reasons such as virus attack, user errors, improper system shutdown, system crash, and operating system malfunction. Then HFS file system may not work properly. In some situations, the HFS file system volume may become inaccessible in Mac operating system. Or you accidentally deleting of files or formatting. In such situations, you need to do HFS data recovery to save your lost files with Mac Data Recovery software.

How to do HFS data recovery on your Mac?

Firstly download Wondershare Mac Data Recovery software.

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There are three modes for you to select include "Deleted File Recovery", "Raw Recovery" and "Lost Partition Recovery":

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Here we will guide you to get back the lost files by "Deleted File Recovery", and the steps for recovering data are similar under other Modes.

Step 1: Select the HFS file system

Run on your Disk Recovery Software for Mac, and choose the first mode of "Deleted File Recovery" on its main screen. Then select the HFS file system where your lost files were and click the "scan" button to begin scanning. It can recover the lost files from external hard drives and USB flash drives with different file systems as well.

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Step 2: Preview and recover the lost files on certain HFS file system

When the scan is over, the recoverable files all list for you to choose. You are able to preview the documents, photos and archives. Pick up the check-box of the lost files which you want to recover and click the "Recover" button.

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Note: Here you can filter the search results to precisely find your deleted files in a short time.

Step 3: Specify the output folder to save files after recovering

Enter or select a destination where you want to save the target files, and then click the "Save" button. Here we highly recommend you to select other locations from your source partitions, and other operations like copying, deleting or altering the files on this damaged HFS file system should also be avoided as it may occupy and overwrite the area of the lost data.

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Detailed Instructions of 3 Available Recovery Modes

Deleted File Recovery – If you delete files by pressing "command + delete" or empty the Trash, this is the quickest way for you to find the data on HFS file system.

Raw Recovery – You can't find your deleted files by "Deleted File Recovery", or the data loss is due to formatting, virus or malware attack or improper operations etc. This way will take a longer time to recover data.

Lost Partition Recovery – If you can't find the partition where your lost data locates, you can use this mode to find your partition first and then recover data.