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How to Recover Deleted GarageBand Files/Tracks on Mac

Updated on Apr 19, 2019 by Abby Haines to Mac File Recovery


You can use GarageBand to create multiple tracks with pre-made MIDI keyboards, pre-made loops, an array of various instrumental effects, and voice recordings. If you happen to lose GarageBand files due to accidental deletion, app crash, hard drive corrupted, or other possible reasons, you can use the AutoSave feature and EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to recover deleted or lost GarageBand files effectively.

Recover lost Garageband files with AutoSave
Recover deleted Garageband files with Mac data recovery software

GarageBand File Recovery Overview

GarageBand is a music creation application for macOS and iOS that allows users to create music, podcasts and mix their own songs. The standard format of the GarageBand file is AIFF. This file size is huge because it's uncompressed. Therefore, many users would like to transfer the GarageBand files from Mac to another storage device or delete some unwanted ones to free up Mac space, which has become a cause of data loss inadvertently.

Except for the accidental deletion during clearing up memory, other reasons, like GarageBand crash or upgrade, hard drive formatting or virus attack will also lead to GarageBand file missing. At this time, you can refer to the following two available ways to recover the deleted GarageBand files and tracks.

Method 1. Recover Unsaved GarageBand Files on Mac from GarageBand AutoSave

1. Command-click the problem GarageBand Project and select "Show Package Contents".

2. In the window showing the package contents, open the "Media folder".

3. Copy any .aif files out of the package and put them somewhere safe.

4. Finally, import the .aif files into a new GarageBand Project.

recover deleted GarageBand files

If you have lost the GarageBand files unsaved for program crash or Mac shutting down unexpectedly, you can try this way to recover the lost data. For other reasons result in removing GarageBand files permanently, move to the next solution. 

Method 2. Recover Deleted GarageBand Files/Tracks with Mac Data Recovery Software

If your GarageBand files get lost due to accidental deletion or some other reasons, and the AutoSave doesn't work, you can to ask EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac for help. With this powerful tool, you can recover the deleted GarageBand audio files and tracks without effort.

EaseUS Mac data recovery program is capable of recovering deleted files from recycle bin, hard drive, memory card, SD card, flash drive, digital camera, and camcorders.

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