MOV is a multimedia container created by Apple. You may have realized that the videos recorded with macOS QuickTime Player is saved in MOV format, also MOV is compatible on Windows. So, we may have saved many videos in MOV format. But what if these MOV files get lost or are deleted by accident? How do we recover a MOV file?
If you have backed up your MOV files, the recovery job can be quite easy, if you don’t have a backup, we will recommend using a professional data recovery tool.
Though MOV is compatible on both macOS and Windows, MOV is more macOS friendly. That’s to say, there are more possibilities that you need to recover MOV files on a Mac. In this part, we will share the easiest way to recover MOV files on mac, no matter the MOV file is saved on your mac internal hard drive, or external storage device, like SD Card, USB, etc.
Cisdem Data Recovery is the Mac MOV recovery tool you should try to get your files back. Its first release was in 2013, with Cisdem’s persistent hard work for consecutive 7 years, it helps more and more users to recover their files successfully. This tool is designed to recover 200+ types of files from both mac internal and external hard drive, it applies to recover files lost under different situations: delete, format, disappear, system crash, power off, etc.
To recover lost or deleted MOV files on Windows, you will need another dedicated data recovery tool---Wise Data Recovery.
Wise Data Recovery helps Windows users to recover various files from local drive, external drive, USB, SD Card, mobile device and so on, including documents, videos, audios, photos and emails.
Wise Data Recovery Features
In my opinion, one of greatest apps from macOS is Time Machine, it helps mac users to back up their files and offers a perfect solution to get lost or deleted files back. If you have enabled Time Machine on your mac, recovering MOV files is as easy as a cake and there is no way you cannot get them back.
This solution also tells us how important it is to back up your file daily, weekly or monthly. Today, we live and work with data, such data saved in various file types, with a number of thousands on an average, data loss becomes inevitable, so we have to develop a habit to back up files, especially important files.
Getting MOV files back from Trash Bin may seem infeasible, even incredible to some users, but it is not.
Whenever we delete a file on mac, the file is just moved to the Trash Bin, the file still exists on your mac, laying in your Trash Bin, you have 2 ways to process these removed files in your Trash bin, Put Back or Delete Immediately for permanent deletion. If you did nothing after you moved a file to Trash, the Put Back feature will help to recover a MOV file.
So, it seems that we should be very careful when emptying the Trash Bin, leaving a way open for the future.
I know how terrible it is when you feel you are going to lose some of your precious files forever, if this does happen, don’t just give up, try to get them back. To recover files, including your MOV videos, you can try any one of above listed solutions basing on your situation. But the one comes with higher recovery rate is always using a piece of professional data recovery software, like Cisdem or Wise Data Recovery, they simplify the recovery workflow and are much likely to get all your lost files back.
Connie has been writing for Mac productivity and utility apps since 2009. Each review and solution is based on her practical tests, she is aways energetic and trustworthy in this field.