How to Recover Deleted Files on Mac Without Time Machine in 3 Steps

Cedric Grantham posted on Jan 15, 2019 to Mac File Recovery | How-to Articles


Time Machine will not be helpful if you don't have an external hard drive to use it to create a backup of all of your files on Mac. However, at this time, you are able to recover deleted files on Mac with a professional Mac data recovery tool. And EaseUS Mac Data Recovery Master is such a program that allows you to restore Mac data without Time Machine backup.

"I have accidentally deleted some photos from my macOS Sierra. I don't have a backup drive to use Time Machine, yet but I would still like to try to recover the lost files. How can I do that now without Time Machine?"

Time Machine, the built-in backup feature of your Mac enables you to automatically back up all of your files, including apps, music, photos, email, documents, and system files to an external storage device. You can optionally make hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for all previous months. When you have a backup, you can restore Mac files easily when data loss happens caused by unexpected system problems, hardware failure, virus attack, and other reasons.

However, most of us don't have a large enough storage device to do the entire Mac backup each time or fail to maintain regular backup with Time Machine and encounter data loss. In this article, we’ll recommend you try EaseUS Data Recovery for Mac to recover deleted files on Mac without Time Machine. With this professional and reliable data recovery tool, data loss on your Mac won’t be trouble for you even with no backup.

How to Restore Mac Deleted files without Time Machine

EaseUS Data Recovery Master for Mac is known for its high recovery rate in restoring permanently deleted files, lost, or inaccessible data on your MacBook, iMac, hard drive, USB, camera, memory card, SD card and other storage devices in worse scenarios.

With this easy-to-use software, you recover data on Mac without Time Machine in three steps: specify the location > scan > preview and retrieve. Go through the steps listed below.

If you only need to recover a few files less than 2GB, it would be better for you to use the free version of EaseUS Mac Data Recovery.

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 the location where data lost 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.

scan the selected disk to find lost data on your Mac

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

click recover now button to recover lost data on your Mac


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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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