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How to Recover Lost Files after Installing macOS Catalina?

by Ava, 2019-09-09

As the new macOS Catalina is equipped with some strong features and improvements, many users choose to upgrade to this new system. It’s really nice to enjoy the new features after the upgrade. But for some Mac users, it’s a horrible experience as some files are gone after installing macOS Catalina. The files would be missing if you choose to erase the drive when installing macOS Catalina. Additionally, if there were some other issues occur during the installing process, it would also cause data loss.

some files are gone after installing macOS Catalina

If some files are gone after installing macOS Catalina, you may want to know whether the lost files could be recovered. The answer is “Yes”. Normally, there are 2 ways to recover the lost data after installing macOS Catalina. The first way is to restore the lost data from your back up directly. The other way is to recover the lost files with data recovery software.

1. Restore lost data from backup

Mostly, Mac users are suggested to create a backup with Time Machine before upgrading or installing macOS Catalina. If there were any issues happen and cause data loss, you can then restore the data from the backup directly. Here is how:

  • 1) Open the Launchpad on Mac, and click "Others".
  • 2) Click the Time Machine icon to enter it.
  • 3) Find the files that you want to restore and click "Restore" to recover the lost data from Time Machine.

If you backed up your data with any other third-party backup software, you can still try to restore the files from the backup if possible.

2. Recover lost files with data recovery software

If some files were gone after installing macOS Catalina and you failed to create a backup before, what you can do to recover the missing files is to choose a trustworthy data recovery tool. We recommend TogetherShare Data Recovery for Mac in such a case. The download is available here.

The professional Mac data recovery software can help you recover the lost photos/pictures, videos, audio files, documents, emails, archives, and many other lost files after installing macOS Catalina.

With simple interface and interactions, you are able to perform the data recovery task easily with TogetherShare software. Only three simple steps are needed to recover the lost files after installing macOS Catalina. Please do as follows step by step:

Step 1. Select the drive.

Please check and ensure on which drive you lost the files during the macOS Catalina installation process. Then choose the drive from the drive/device list by clicking it.

some files are gone after installing macOS Catalina

Step 2. Scan the drive.

After selecting the drive, please ensure to click the "Scan" button to start the scan process. It will scan the selected drive automatically and deeply.

some files are gone after installing macOS Catalina

Step 3. Preview and recover the lost data.

Once the scan process is finished, please ensure to preview the found files first to verify whether the lost files were found correctly. Then please recover the wanted lost files.

some files are gone after installing macOS Catalina

Data loss may happen on Mac for different reasons, such as accidentally deleting, formatting, or other reasons. Now as TogetherShare Data Recovery for Mac is available, you can download it to recover you lost data under different circumstances.

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