How to Recover Files on Mac after Shutdown in 4 Ways

After a sudden Mac shutdown, you might find that some of your files disappeared. In this article, we put together all valid recovery methods for you. If you have trouble getting back your data, read this post to see how to recover files on Mac after shutdown. You will see both general methods and method concludes third-party tools in this guide.

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"My MacBook Pro froze up last night, and I had to do a forced shutdown. When I rebooted, all was fine except for a Pages document that was open during the freeze was lost. Can this file be recovered?"

-- Apple Community

One MacBook Pro user asked for help in Apple Community, saying that his Pages document got lost during the Mac freeze and shutdown, and he wanted to know how to recover the file. Sudden Mac shutdown sometimes not only means restarting but also may cause data loss, and the type of data loss is uncertain. You may find that your Word document gets lost, or a few of your photos in the Photo Library disappeared. No matter what kind of data is lost, your priority is to recover Mac's files.

Can I Recover Mac Lost Files after Shutdown?

Is there any possibility for you to recover deleted files on Mac? This would be your biggest question. Luckily, the answer is positive. Users have many ways to recover data on Mac. They can try to find data in Mac Trash bin, check the iCloud backup and Time Machine backup. At last, they can take advantage of Mac data recovery software to retrieve the lost files.

1. How to Recover Files on Mac after Shutdown from Trash Bin

No matter what kind of data you lost, you can search the Mac Trash bin to see if the lost files are in it because it is likely for your Mac to delete your files after shutdown automatically. As long as you don't empty the Trash bin, the deleted files will be stored in the Trash bin for 30 days until they are completely deleted. If you don't see your lost files in the Trash bin, you can try Method 4. Now follow the steps below to see how to recover Mac files from the Trash bin.

Step 1. Enter your Mac Trash bin, check if your lost files are in it.

Step 2. If you find your lost data, drag them to the desktop. Or right-click on them and select the "put back" option to recover deleted files on Mac from the Trash bin. The files will return to their original location.

Recover Files from Trash Bin

2. How to Recover Files on Mac after Shutdown from iCloud

If you have enabled iCloud on your Mac, iCloud would automatically sync your Mac files. So you may find a backup of the lost files in your iCloud account. But this method only works for iCloud supported files.

iCloud supports backing up the following files on Mac:

  • Calendar
  • Note
  • Pages
  • Numbers
  • Keynote
  • Reminder
  • Photos
  • Mails, etc

If your lost files belong to the categories mentioned above, you might find a copy in iCloud. Here are the detailed steps of how to recover files on Mac after shutdown from iCloud.

Step 1. Log in to your Apple ID in

Step 2. Click the Account Settings option.

Recover Mac Files from iCloud

Step 3. At the bottom left, there are options including the one we want: Recover Files. Click on this option to see if you can recover the lost files. If you can't find the lost files in iCloud, go to Method 4 to try to get them back.

Clicke Restore Files

3. How to Recover Files on Mac with Time Machine

Time Machine is Mac's backup solution. It will automatically back up all Mac content, including apps, music, photos, email, documents, and system files. If you have set up Time Machine to back up all the Mac content, you can recover files in Time Machine. If you can make sure the files you lost have already backed up by Time Machine, follow the steps below to restore Time Machine backup.

Step 1. Launch Time Machine on your Mac. You can click on the icon in the menu bar and choosing Enter Time Machine or search for Time Machine using Spotlight.

Step 2. You can find the specific files you want to restore using the onscreen up and down arrows to locate it. Then you can preview it by pressing Space Bar.

Step 3. Finally, click the "Restore" button, and then the deleted file will be returned to its original location.

Recover Files with Mac Time Machine

4. How to Recover Files on Mac after Shutdown with EaseUS Recovery Software

All the methods mentioned above have more or less disadvantages. For example, the missing files happened not to be backed up because the backup has a time interval. Or the Mac does not put your files into the Trash bin, but the files just disappeared. And that's why we want to recommend a professional Mac data recovery software to you.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac is developed to help Mac users to recover lost, deleted, and damaged files, for example, unsaved Word document. Besides, it can help Mac users to restore data from external hard drives and media devices like cameras and iPods. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will deeply scan all your lost Mac files at a quick speed and recover the files you need without the hassle.

Please download the software and check the following guide to see how to recover files on Mac after shutdown with EaseUS recovery tool.

Step 1. Select the disk location (it can be an internal HDD/SSD or a removable storage device) where you lost data and files. Click the "Scan" button.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display the scanning results on the left pane.

start scan on the Mac

Step 3. In the scan results, select the file(s) and click the "Recover" button to have them back.

click recover now button to recover lost data on your Mac

The Bottom Line

You might get back the lost files on Mac after reading this guide. The best way to prevent you from data loss again is to make backups regularly. For Mac users, there are a lot of choices, such as iCloud and Time Machine. And if you do not make backups, you don't need to worry about it because professional data recovery tools like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will always help you out. 

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