How to Recover Lost Files After Reinstalling macOS?

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Under various scenarios, you might reinstall Mac operating system. However, resetting or reinstalling Mac without taking a backup of important files can cause data loss.  

It is disheartening if you have lost data. But don’t worry, you can easily recover lost files after reinstalling Mac. However, you should stop using your Mac computer until you don’t perform data recovery from it.

In case, if you have taken your backup on Time Machine then, you can easily restore the lost data after macOS reinstallation or else you need to use data recovery software.

Remo Recover Mac | A Perfect Solution to Recover Data Lost After Reinstalling macOS

Remo Recover Mac is a user-friendly data recovery software. It is designed with a highly interactive Graphical User Interface (GUI) to help users recover lost files after reinstalling macOS with ease. This Mac data recovery tool works with advanced scanning programs to perform sector-by-sector scanning to recover lost or deleted files. This tool can even restore formatted Mac devices like iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and etc.


While scanning your Volumes, Remo Recover Mac software directly retrieves the data from the previous macOS without taking any reference from the current file system (macOS). Thus, Remo Recover Mac makes it possible to get back your lost data after reinstalling macOS instantly. 

How To Recover Lost Files After Reinstalling macOS?

Utilize Remo Recover Mac software to recover lost photos, raw images, videos, audio, text documents in simple steps. This Mac data recovery tool not only recovers data from Mac after reinstalling but also recovers missing files after macOS update to Catalina or any other macOS versions.

free-download-for-macStep 1: Download and install Remo Recover Mac software to recover lost files after reinstalling Mac.
Main screen of Remo Recover Mac tool to restore files after reinstalling macOS

Step 2: Select Recover Volumes/Drives option and click Formatted /Reformatted Recovery option to recover lost files after reinstalling Mac OS.

Step 3: Select the Mac drive or volume to perform lost Mac data recovery after reinstallation.

Step 4: Now, select Advanced Scan and specify the file types lost or missing after macOS reinstalling.
select file types that you want to recover from your Mac after reinstalling macOS

(Remember if you are not sure about the  file type lost after reinstalling Mac, then press Skip option)

Step 5: After the scanning process ends, preview recovered files after reinstallation such as photos and videos for free, and click Save to restore them to a location of your choice.

Note: Do not download Remo Mac Data Recovery software on the same drive from which you lost data after reinstalling macOS.

Frequently Asked Questions?

When to Reinstall Mac Operating System?

There are many situations under which Mac OS X needs to be reinstalled such as damaged file system, Mac operating system crash, severe virus corruption, Mac system working slow, upgrading or downgrading Mac to latest versions like Big Sur, Catalina, Mojave, or even High Sierra, etc. 

Does Reinstalling Mac OS Remove or Delete Everything?

Selecting the Archive and Install option to Reinstall a Mac, only erases files related to the operating system. Thus, this option does not erase or delete your entire Mac data. But if you select Erase and Install option, then it erases or removes complete Mac files such as photos, videos, audio, text files, etc., along with the operating system files. 

During data loss scenarios, you can use Remo Mac Data Recovery software. It is compatible with all the latest macOS versions like Big Sur, Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra, and others. It also recovers lost photos from Mac after updating, formatted and corrupted external drives like pen drive, SSD, memory card, etc.

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Tony Landry

Tony Landry is a Web Content Editor at Remo Software. He loves to write, edit, and manage content for users trying to troubleshoot and fix problems on Windows, Outlook, storage drives and Cloud storage networks.

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