Ever spent hours jotting your thoughts or some other important information down in the “Notes” app on Mac OSX only to have it disappear the next time you try to access it?
We came across a quick and easy solution to recovering this lost note, which was nowhere to be found.
This method requires no additional apps, and hopefully re-unite you with your lost information – at least it did in our instance.
Tutorial – [How To] Recover Missing or Deleted Notes From Mac OSX Mountain Lion
1) Open “Finder” and hit the following keys on your keyboard – Cmd, Shift, G. (or just go to the Go > Go To Folder Menu in the top status bar).
2) Copy and paste the following and hit enter: ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.notes/Data/Library/Notes/
You will be presented with the following folder which usually contains about 3 files. (Our lost data was stored in the “NotesV1.storedata-wal” file.
3) Make a backup of these files to a folder on your desktop, renaming each file to “.html”. When asked if you would like to add the extension, click “Use .html”.
Once this is done, the files should look something like this (with your browser icon as the file icon – my browser in this instance is Firefox hence the orange icon).
4) Double click the files to open them up in your default browser, and you will be presented with the notes text in HTML format. Simply Cmd + F to find the text you were looking for!
Simple as that! Paste it into a new note (or word/pages document this time to be safe!)
We hope this little tip helps you recover your lost notes in Mac OS X. This was tested on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.