How to Recover Corrupted Mac Files

by Greg Lindberg

Once a corrupted file is found by your Mac operating system you receive a pop-up notifying you that the file is corrupt and asking whether you want to delete it or proceed with it as corrupted. Deleting the file is the best option for protecting your system. The corrupted file, like all deleted files, is hidden for a period of time so that it can be recovered and also do no harm to your computer. There are many software applications out there for recovering corrupted or deleted files on Mac operating systems.

Download VirtualLab Data Recovery (see Resources) by clicking on the Download Now option. Try the free trial before purchasing the actual software. It's best to use these free trials than to use freeware that may not be as user-friendly, stable or effective.

Open the application for installation and then choose what Mac operating system that you want the recovery application to be used on. Click on the installation icon, called VirtualLab.mpkg.

Click the Continue button twice and then click on the Agree button to agree with the terms of agreement. Click on the Install button to complete the installation process.

Click on your Applications folder and then click on the VirtualLab application to launch it. Choose the option, "I accidentally deleted some files," which is the option that will help you find the corrupted files that were deleted. Click on the Next button and then choose the option that reads, "Start a new VirtualLab Recovery." Click on the Next button and a search will be performed that will find the corrupted files that were deleted.

Click on the corrupted file and on the left-hand side you will see a description of the file. You can see why the file was corrupted and the date when you deleted it. Click on the Repair option at the top of the screen and VirtualLab will attempt to repair the file. Now, click on the Recover button and you'll see a pop-up for choosing where you want the recovered file to be restored on your system. Click the of the folder you want the repaired file to go and click on the Repair button.

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