How to Recover Lost Video Files on a Mac

recovery video files on macWe store so many things on video files now: birthday parties, weddings, family vacations–for some people substantial hunks of their life are reproducible on digital video files. That’s why losing those files can feel like a life-shattering catastrophe. It’s not just that you’re losing data–it’s that you’re losing some of your most valuable memories.

In the past, losing a video file would have meant a trip to the Mac Store/Genius Bar and valuable time spent standing in line, waiting around, arguing with the employees and finally being told that your system will have to undergo some complex and expensive repair. I’m exaggerating a little bit, but you get the drift.

Nowadays there are literally dozens of file recovery programs. One simple, effective and reliable one is Data Recovery Guru.

The DRG first checks your computer for faults in your scanned drives and then finds and recovers deleted files.

DRG can be downloaded and installed much like any other software. You’ll have to download it and then unzip the application and bring it to your applications folder. Once it’s up and running, DRG is extremely simple to use–there’s only one button on the basic version and it says “Scan Now”. Click it.

You will then have some options about what to scan and how much to scan. Generally, if you have some notion of where the file is, try to limit your scan to that area. If you end up scanning your entire computer it could take a while. If you’re not sure where the file might be however, this is probably your only option.

Recovering a video file on your Mac is about as easy as scanning for it. You simply click the “recover now” button and wait for the process to finish.

The full version of Disc Recovery Guru is about $100. This sounds like a lot, but there are no built-in applications that perform the same function. The reality is that, for the most part, you hopefully won’t need to use this program, but just like a hammer or saw, it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

There are other programs out there, some of them cheaper, but the problem is that many other recovery programs are unnecessarily complex and difficult. Some of them are just plain pieces of junk that deserve to be cast into a trash bin and overwritten into oblivion!

Of course, you can always take recourse to built-in options like Time Machine. Time Machine is great, but since it only restores, it may not help you recover the most recent copy of a file you sent to the trash. This means that if you did substantial work on a project and suddenly lost it, you will only be able to get back an outdated version of the file. With Data Recovery Guru, you have the option to recover the whole thing.

Think it over and pick up a copy. Don’t be one of those people blithely cruising along under the assumption that you’ll never lose your information, just to be on the verge of tears when it inevitably happens!