When you empty the trash on your Mac you delete the file. However, deleted files aren’t truly erased. Instead, what happens is the space that file was occupying is designated as empty and available to be overwritten by another, newer file. In order to avoid accidentally overwriting the information you want, don’t use the disc on which your file was stored. Also, before running a recovery app, double check your recycle bin for Word documents.
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 spcially 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 onto a platform like gmail or iCloud. 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.
This is just a quick crash course on how you can recover Word documents and other files with software like uFlysoft. Depending on the extent of damage (especially if it’s hardware damage) it may be difficult to recover a particular file on your own. In these extreme circumstances you’ll want to visit a forensic recovery expert.