How to Recover a Replaced File on Mac Without Time Machine

I lost the original file's contents last week when I unintentionally saved a file over a very critical document. I looked for answers, and it turned out that Time Machine is my best bet, but it seems that it had to be running when the file was lost. So how can I get it back?

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Dany· Answered on Mar 10, 2023

The replacement files in the occupied area on a storage device cannot be recovered after deleted files, because they have been removed and new files have been saved there. But by using specialized file recovery software, the lost file in the vacant space can still be recovered.

Assuming this occurs, you have two options: restore all replaced files from your Time Machine backup, or seek assistance from a reputable Mac data recovery program. You will need to utilize third-party Mac data recovery software as an alternate way to recover replaced files without a time machine from the empty space.

Your best option is EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac because it is strong, secure, and simple to use. It supports restoring many sorts of files from Mac, including images, movies, documents, music files, etc., in three easy stages and enables you to recover deleted items on Mac.

Step 1. Select a disk

Open EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac, and click "Search for lost files" when your mouse is over the device where you misplaced a replaced file.

Step 2. Select lost files

Select the specific file type, such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Keynote, Pages, or Numbers, that you accidentally deleted and overwritten.

Step 3. View and restore files that were replaced

Click "Recover" after selecting the appropriate version and double-clicking to preview your file and save it to another, more secure location on your Mac.

Of course, overwritten files can easily be recovered on a Mac without using Time Machine. For instance, a lot of cloud backup services maintain a history of file modifications, making it simple and quick for its users to restore earlier versions of data.

Use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover deleted or lost files easily and quickly.

Tutorials on how to recover lost, deleted, or formatted data from HDD, SSD, USB, SD card, or other storage media on Windows and Mac.

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