Mac OS X operating system uses permissions/preferences, which group and user can modify or access stored files. It enables this powerful operating system to work like a multi-user operating system, for maintaining clear detachment between the files owned by various users. This detachment offers security and confidentiality. System stability and reliability is also ensured by this method, as only the administrator can delete or modify your system files. However, in some cases, the permissions get damaged and you can not access the data stored in your account. This behavior leads to critical data loss situations and requires Mac recovery to be fixed.
The hard drive permissions may become faulty from time to time. It happens usually after software installation. The file and directories, whose permissions are damaged, become inaccessible and you may lose your valuable data in such cases. Because the damaged permissions may affect the reliability and security of your system, you are recommended to repair disk permissions after installing a new software.
The Disk Utility, an inbuilt hard drive repair and consistency checking tool of Mac OS X, offers you a way of repairing the hard drive permissions. The repair process runs in background and you can perform other operations while repairing disk permissions. Repair process can also be done using command-line interface.
How to repair disk permissions?
You must have login details of administrator-level account to perform this task. Go through the underwritten steps to repair damaged permissions and perform data recovery Mac to gain access of inaccessible files/directories:
Launch/start Disk Utility application.
Select disk, which needs to repair permissions, from list of hard drives in Disk Utility.
Click to select the 'First Aid' tab.
Click the 'Repair Disk Permissions' button.
The above method works in most of the cases and helps you to perform Mac disk recovery . However, if it does not work, you need to format the hard drive and reinstall Mac OS X operating system. It can fix all your hard drive related problems, but also removes data from the drive and cause severe data loss.
The Mac recovery software come for your help in such cases. They thoroughly scan whole hard drive and extract all lost data from it. The applications have interactive graphical user interface and offer easy recovery in all data loss scenarios.
Stellar Phoenix Macintosh Data Recovery is a read-only and comprehensive utility to ensure safe and absolute recovery of all your lost data. It works well with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.5 Leopard, 10.4 Tiger, and 10.3.9 Panther. The software recovers lost Mac data from HFS, HFS+, HFSX, HFS Wrapper, and FAT file system volumes.
How to Repair Damaged Disk Permissions in Mac?