Apple OS X

OS X Server was originally released in 1999 as the first in a series of Unix-based operating systems developed and marketed by Apple Inc. The first desktop version was released in 2001. These are designed to run on Apple Mac computers, and initially called Mac OS X, as a replacement for Mac OS 9.

Up to 2006 OS X was designed to only run only on PowerPC based Macs. After Apple announced a move to Intel processors in 2006, the next two releases were available for both PowerPC and Intel processors, before dropping support the Power PC. The latest versions of OS X now only support 64 bit Intel processors.

Despite being a Unix-based operating system, the default file system used for storage is HFS+. The latest versions of OS X includes read and write support for FAT file systems and NTFS, largely used on external USB drives. These are all well-known file systems for which comprehensive data recovery services are available.

Apple Mac Usage

The Apple Mac has traditionally been used more as a graphical development platform than the Windows platform. This includes photographs, graphic art, movies and design packages, including web development suites.

Due to an estimated 8.5% share of the market as a desktop platform, it is not seen as a primary target by many the creators of malware and spyware applications. That said, users should not be complacent, as there are still many malicious applications available, which can destroy data or file system structures as well as spyware.

Apple Mac Data Recovery

Apple Mac data recovery is usually from the default file system HFS Plus, which has been stable for many years. The most common issues are due to a hardware problem with the hard drive, with bad sectors causing a problem with the file system, resulting in a failure to mount the data volume.

User error is also an issue, whereby a data volume is deleted, but contrary to many claims, once an HFS Plus volume has been formatted, the old files are not recoverable with their metadata. A data trawl can be made, the results of which will depend upon the amount of data written to the volume after formatting, and the level of fragmentation present in the files.

Less frequent is damage from a virus or malware, but these can cause serious problems, requiring an in-depth knowledge of the file system. This damage can include deleting or moving some of the important data structures. Such a data recovery can only be accomplished by data recovery specialists trained to understand the internals of this file system.

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