How To: Recover Data on OS X

How To: Recover Data on OS X

My thanks to the team over at CleverFiles the makers of the premier data recovery app DiskDrill for making this content possible. DiskDrill is a data recovery application for both OS X & Windows. Allowing you to recover deleted files be it videos, documents, photos, etc. An essential tool when it comes to protecting & saving the data that means most to you.

Data is a big part of our lives nowadays. We store our lives pretty much digitally be it our photos, videos, or documents. Our digital media is apart of our precious memories & thats why its important for us not only to protect it but have a solution in case we need to recover them. So in the event you ever have a drive that is corrupted, data that is accidentally deleted, or partitions that missing here’s how you can recover that data on the mac.

DiskDrill offers two versions of it’s software. A free basic version that allows you to recover data that is lost only while the app is protecting your drive. In order to recover data that has already been lost on a drive you need to upgrade to the pro version.

The application works in a very simple method.

Video Overview:

1-Scan

DiskDrill scans your drives be it a local one, external, or any drive that can be detected by your mac. Simply select the drive/partition you want scanned for recovery & let DiskDrill do the rest. It’s recommended you let the app run it’s initial recovery scan as it runs all of its methods to best recover any data. You also have the option to run advanced scan techniques such as looking for lost partitions, rebuild them, run quick or deep scans & so on. Allowing you to rebuild, rescue, or remount any drive of your choosing. The bigger the drive is & more data you need to recover the longer the scan will take. Sessions can be saved & pause at any time.

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2-Recover

The app after a scanning sessions allows you to recover the data that it finds be it corrupted files it reconstructed or just outright deleted files. DiskDrill supports a wide arrange of file systems such as:

  • HFS & HFS+
  • FAT/FAT32/exFAT
  • NTFS
  • EXT3/EXT4

As far as files that the app can recover:

  • Photo files like JPG, PNG and TIFF
  • Graphic files like AI, PSD and INDD
  • RAW camera files like CR2, NEF and DNG
  • Video files like AVI, DV and MP4
  • Music files like AIF, MP3 and WAV
  • Document files like DOCX, PPTX and XLSX

 

So it covers a wide arrange of formats & file types that will almost assure you recovery of the important files you’ve lost. The app will display all of these files to you while giving you the ability to filter out through these files. You can sort by type, date since deletion, etc. DiskDrill also offers you the ability to preview files before even recovering them. Once you’ve done this you set your recovery destination and let the app process the rest.

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3-Protect

The last step is optional however highly recommended. After you’ve recovered the data you want its important to do your part in preventing it from happening again. You can use DiskDrill’s built in protection features to help secure your drive. When enabled it helps by keeping extra invisible copies of your data in the case that you accidentally delete or lose something. Keep in mind this requires extra hard drive space.

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Mac OS X users also have a built in backup tool called “Time Machine” which does something similar with an external drive. This allows you to backup your data & have it exist in two places rather than one which significantly improves your protection of your data.

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Your data is an important part of your mac & it should be protected with the same relevance that the files themselves mean to you. Whether its professional or personal documents that you store its worth investing in a recovery solution in preparation for the worst case scenario.

How To: Hide Files on Mac OS X

How To: Hide Files on Mac OS X

So lets say you have those pictures I mean documents or what have you that you just don’t want people to see.  Private, sensitive, or just outright explicit. Here’s a look at how to hide your files on mac OS X easily & through a variety of methods.

Be it word documents, photos, or video files these methods allow you to hide those files of your yours from prying eyes. Completely shielding files from users who have physical access to your machine. Through native methods to 3rd party software that makes hiding files a simple click away.

 

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Method 1- Plain Sight

The most simplest & possibly so stupid it may just work is hiding your files in plain sight. That “secret folder” or folder buried within a folder can go a long way for some people. A great place in Mac OS X that users can hide files in is the “Library” folder.

Open Finder & hit the keyboard shortcut “Shift+Command+G” to open the go to folder menu. Insert the following line:

~/Library

This will open a library folder that is normally hidden within OS X this is a great place users can store files that isn’t easily accessed from most users. For that matter one that unless a user knew how to access such a folder that no one would see.

Again this is a method that is perhaps the simplest way to hide files but isn’t exactly full proof.

Method 2- File Vault

Another built in method is utilizing OS X “File Vault” encryption feature. This allows you to protect a drives files easily without the need for 3rd party software. FileVault encrypts your data & makes sure no one without appropriate information or access keys can see your data. This is a two for one benefit in that FileVault implements  a high level 128-bit encryption to lock down your files while also in a sense hiding them behind this software based vault door.

Method 3- Third Party Software

Of course there’s a ton of software out there for you to hide files which make hiding those P$%N videos I mean cat videos you don’t want anyone to see easy & simple. Two apps we recommend are:

Hider 2 ($10 USD) Hider is a fully featured app that allows you to lock your data down easily & privatize your files so only the user with the Hider key can see & access. A list of features from 256 encryption, password protection, and external drive support all make it a great product if your willing to spend the money to secure your data.

Hide Folders (Free) Altomac’s solution is completely free & while it isn’t as polished as Hider its functionality & price can’t be argued with. Simply drag files/folders into the app you want to hide & hit the hide button. Boom! Just like that your folder/file is hidden from wherever its original location is & out of sight from other users. To re-show files you can easily do the same in reverse even adding on a password layer that way only you can hide/show files at your leisure.

Method 4- Terminal

For your geeks out there who like to use Terminal (Windows CMD equivalent) have no fear. By simply typing in the following command you hide files on OS X as well.

Start by typing

chflags hidden (File Path) note you can easily just drag in the file into Terminal after the “chflags hidden ” is typed in. Again note the spaces are important. An example would look like

chflags hidden /Users/Dojo/Desktop/TEST.txt

To unhide the file input the following command chflags nohidden (File Path) so essentially the opposite with the “nohidden” command.

 

Whatever method you decide to use these are all methods to hide files on Mac OS X easily & efficiently.  Highlighting both free & paid solutions for you to secure and hide those important/secret files. Great tips to keep in mind if your using a personal computer that frequently is accessed by others or just something you want to keep secret in general in the event lets say your computer is compromised. Get those files together & get them hidden on OS X today!

Look forward to more content on hiding your files for both Windows & Android coming soon.