How to Find Missing Files On Mac?

You can easily find missing files on a Mac using Spotlight (pressing Command + Space). But to find files that are lost due to malfunctions, file corruption, or due to any error, you have to make use of Remo Recover software. It will scan the entire volume and find missing files on Mac in just a few minutes.

Losing a file or document in Mac machine can be a real pain. It troubles you a lot especially in situations like when you are all set to work on a file, or someone needs a file, and you just can't remember where the file is located.

Don’t lose hope if you have failed to find missing files on mac, even after trying several times. Because Mac has a powerful tool called- Spotlight for helping you to find missing files.

So, when you can’t find any file on Mac, the first point of call is to open Spotlight and look for the missing file. Just,

  • Hold Command and Space keys to open Spotlight
  • Give the file name that you are searching
  • Go through the result window
  • Press the Command key and view file directory
  • Hold Command button and click on the file to open its location

You can also make use of metadata in Spotlight to find missing files on Mac i.e. you can search the file using a combination of metadata. For instance, if you know the type of file you are looking for, and its created date, then you can combine these two (date and created filters) and find your file.

Suppose, the file, which you are looking for is a PDF document then the metadata that you can use in Spotlight is kind: photoshop created: date/month/year.

If you fail to find missing files on Mac using any of the above technique, then look into your Time Machine backup. If you have an updated backup, then surely you will find the file there.

In case, none of these ways help you out in finding missing files on Mac then the problem seems quite serious. But, don’t be panic! You can get back lost files from Mac system using an ideal Mac recovery tool. But, you need to ensure that missing files are not overwritten by new data, hence stop using your Mac until you are done with the recovery process.

Remo Mac File Recovery - Ideal Tool to Recover Missing Files on Mac:

Remo File Recovery Mac software can easily recover lost GarageBand file, video file, image files, Word documents, PowerPoint presentation files, and other file types on your Mac computers. It is an appropriate tool to restore missing files on Mac machine and you can recover all missing files without any difficulty. This software even provides easy steps to retrieve deleted files on Mac and also capable of recovering popular file types which include documents, audios, emails, archives, database files, etc.

Key Features of Remo Recover for Mac:

  • This tool is completely free from virus and offers a user-friendly interface
  • Well built-in algorithms that perform rigorous scanning to get back missing files in no time
  • Works successfully on all major Mac OS like Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Yosemite, EI Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra, etc.
  • Performs effective recovery of missing files from HFS, HFS+, FAT16, FAT32 formatted volumes effortlessly
  • Provides preview option to view missing files prior to data restoration and “save recovery session” option to avoid rescanning of volume in future


Simple Steps to Find Missing Files on Mac:

Step 1: Install and run Remo Recover Mac on your Mac machine and select Recover Files option from the main screen.

Find Missing Files Mac - Main Screen

Step 2: Select Volume from where you want to recover missing files and click Next to begin the scanning process.

Find Missing Files Mac - Select Volume

Step 3: Once the scanning process is done the tool finds missing files and shows in two views File Type View and Data View.

Find Missing Files Mac - Recovered Files

Step 4: Finally Save Recovery Session to avoid rescanning of volume in future. Activate the software and restore your lost files.

Find Missing Files Mac - Save Recovery Session

Safety Measures:

  • Immediately perform recovery of missing files on Mac to avoid overwriting of missing data
  • Maintain proper power backup to avoid any interruption during file transmission
  • Avoid improper usage of Mac computer like forceful shutdown while working on important files