It’s a good habit to set up Time Machine and backup your Mac to it. Time Machine allows you to restore files if you enable it and do have backups. But sometimes you can’t backup Mac to it successfully, how to perform data recovery on Mac when you find data lost? This guide will show you how to restore from Time Machine and recover lost data on Mac after Time Machine backup failure.
Time Machine is a Mac built-in backup utility developed by Apple. It creates incremental backups of files that can be restored at a later date. It allows users to restore the whole Mac system, multiple files, or a single file and works with any external or internal volume that connected to your Mac via USB, FireWire, or Thunderbolt.
When Time Machine is enabled, it takes periodic snapshots of all your files and catalogs them on the hard drive you choose as backup disk. It backs up the entire contents of your Mac files hourly, daily and weekly, as the drive gets full, Time Machine will delete the oldest backups and replace them with newer versions.
And you can also backup your Mac files by choosing “Back Up Now” after clicking the Time Machine icon in the Menu bar. But sometimes due to the Mac performance, wrong operation, or the space of hard drive you choose, there is not always successful backup from the Time Machine. And you may get a pop-up message displaying for you: Time Machine Error.
At this time, you need to check whether the space of the hard drive used for backup is enough, whether it is read only or corrupted, whether your system preference is compatible with the Time Machine, and check AirPort base station and network connection, etc.
If you do backup Mac to Time Machine successfully, then you can restore from Time Machine when you find data missing. Here is the guide on how to restore files from a Time Machine backup:
But when you get Time Machine backup error or forget to backup Mac to Time Machine, how to recover lost data on your Mac? Please read on.
If the Time Machine backup's failure caused you data loss or you can’t restore from Time Machine, a data recovery software is urgently needed to recover your lost files. Here take Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac as an example to retrieve lost files on Mac after Time Machine backup failure.
Cisdem Data Recovery offers five recovery solutions including Basic Data Recovery, Trash Recovery, Formatted Drive Recovery, External Devices Recovery and Advanced File Recovery. No matter which solution you choose, it can help you recover photos, documents, videos, music, archive, etc., from Mac hard drive & external drive, memory card, MP3 player, etc.
To avoid data overwritten, please select a new partition/volume to save the recovered data.
If you set up Time Machine, you can restore from Time Machine backup. But if you do not have Time Machine to restore, don’t worry, Cisdem Data Recovery can help you get all deleted and lost files back.
Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.