Recovering Microsoft Word Files on a Mac

By | September 22, 2015

Word Documents are very important for people who do a lot of writing, or people who must create memos and flyers. Really, Word is such a versatile and basic application that its uses are innumerable. This is part of the reason why it sucks so much when you accidentally chuck a .doc file into the trash and then empty the bin.

The key thing to remember is that files are not gone when they’re deleted—they’re simply designated as “free space”. The contents of your former Word file are still intact on the drive, there’s just nothing stopping them from being overwritten. With this in mind, make sure to not use the affected drives, or the drives on which your file was stored. If you accidentally save something, it may go into the free space that your lost file was occupying. Don’t let this happen! There are still ways to recover the file, but they’re more time consuming and complex.

Alright, so you’ve taken your precautionary steps but the file is still MIA. Now it’s time to take action! If you’ve lost a Word document you can get it back by downloading recovery software like uFlysoft. This software offers a suite of services including retrieving lost files, keeping your Mac clean, reducing boot and loading times through optimization, and improving your security.

uFlysoft software copies recovered files to a separate disc earmarked for recovery. Contemporary software means that recovery disks are extremely versatile and capable of handling a variety of file types and devices. You don’t need a specially formatted disc because you can back up files to any other digital device, like an iPod, iPhone, or another Mac.

The first step will be scanning your computer for the lost file. uFlysoft offers an option for both a full and quick scan. Quick Scans are good for recent mistakes involving a single deleted file, whereas Full scans are for more extensive projects like an erased drive.

The more involved a project is, the longer its going to take uFlysoft to find and recover the files. uFlysoft’s first stage of recovery is searching for data that’s recoverable. The second phase actually recovers the data and puts it back on your computer. Generally this process is easy; however, depending on how hidden or damaged the file was, it may be hard to find. Since file names are destroyed there is no easy way to search for what you want. Instead you have to preview a bunch of unknown files to verify their data for yourself.

A way to find recently recovered items, especially picture and video files, is to import them into media applications like iTunes or iPhoto, as they will give you a visual representation of the file.

That about sums up the process. Once you’ve successfully recovered your file make sure to back it up. Really you can use anything, but make sure that the file goes somewhere and not just back to its original disc. Sometimes the recovery process will modify the affected disc causing you to re-lose the file if you save it where it was.

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