Edit: After half day, my wife’s Mac started having the same problem. I have then applied the solution that I found in the Apple
MAC Data Recovery – Some easy ways to get it done
Mac data recovery has been one bother buzzing the minds of most Mac users for quite a time. Over the passage of time, Mac has worked a great deal to overcome this shortcoming. The latest notebooks and Operating System are designed to fix this problem on their own without making users go for other options like buying out recovery software etc. Let’s consider both ways of recovering lost Mac data –one using Mac inbuilt functions, and one with some reputed software and sites etc.
Firstly, the chances of getting your data lost or corrupted on Mac have been reduced to a great extent. In previous versions of MAC OS and in MS Windows, if you once delete a file, you would get a second chance to retrieve it from the ‘recycle bin’. Once you take on this second chance, you would consequently lose these files permanently. However, with the latest Mac releases, in particular the Mac OS X lion, even if you delete them from your PC completely, you could get the limited number of files back to the original location. So before you try out any other thing, just go through the options of recycle bin, and you would be prompted to enter the details of deleted files. The most recent deleted ones would be easier to recover and the ones deleted before quite a time may not be recovered at all with this particular way of recovering Mac data.
Some of the software officially released by Mac are amongst the best solutions to get your Mac data recovered. These software are exceedingly sturdy and made to upgrade themselves every now and then. You just need to install them on your Mac and enable the automatic updates, and the software would be upgraded to allow itself to recover even greater number of file formats. Currently about more than sixty file formats are compatible with most Mac recovery software, but the official one by Apple is even looking to include more formats to its ‘compatible list’.
Some private software developers too have come up to the scene to produce some very exciting software that not only restores the lost files, but also speeds up the Mac OS, increases disk space and some other very favorable uses. MacKeeper, in particular is very effectual lost data recovery software for all Macbooks and all the previous and current versions of Mac Operating System. Data lost or corrupted on Mac OS X Lion, quite specifically is far easier to be retrieved. Most software, including Mac Keeper is far more effective with MAC OS X Lion. However, be cautious of some scam software that has earned quite a proclivity amongst users due to influential marketing tricks. You might get an email stating some very enthralling software that could recover the lost files on Mac, but then there is a huge probability that these might be just another scam. Also avoid freeware for this purpose as these might contain viruses and could further disrupt the smooth running of your Mac OS. If you feel that buying these software from web is putting a great deal of strain on your pocket, you could get them from the physical outlet of Mac or any other computer store.
However, if you feel that a freeware would be a better option than you might get it from different websites offering. Again, be very precautious here, and ensure that you are not violating any copyright issues. In addition, there are extra tools available on web that could further verify that the software you are opting to download is free from any viruses or bugs. Once you download this Mac data recovery program, also make a careful observation on the running of the software. If you suspect any odd in the behavior of your Mac OS, you are better advised to uninstall it and download any other freeware.
A latest edition of software named DiskDrill is also quite effectual to get your lost data recovered. This not only recovers the data lost on the hard disk, but also other tools from Mac like memory cards, USB stick etc. Make your selection with respect to the use of software, or use the inbuilt functions of Mac.