Mac Trash Recovery: How to Recover Deleted Files

after Emptying Trash Bin on Mac OS X

mac trash recoveryEver dragged some files to Mac Trash bin and then right clicked the Empty Trash option by accident, but later found you have made a huge mistake and wondering if there is a way to restore deleted files from Trash Mac? Common belief thinks the answer is no and will just stay panic about their fault. But the real answer is YES, you can achieve Mac trash recovery as long as you believe yourself and take the right steps.

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Why Restoring Files from Emptied Mac Trash is Highly Possible?

As a matter of fact, there are so many similar characters between Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operation systems. As we know wiping Mac trash is just like emptying Windows recycle bin, and Command Delete under OS X is equal to Shift Del under Windows. But both methods won’t be necessary to erase deleted files permanently, at least for a moment. When you carelessly made similar commands, ONLY deleted files are simply marked as ‘deleted’ (state) by the index of file system (HFS+ with Mac OS X) but the real data are still kept intact right on the hard drive of your Macintosh. However with the passage of time and you keep using your computer, those ‘deleted’ data will one day be overwritten by new data generated by human activity (such as store new sizeable files to that partition or install new applications etc). Once overwritten, those emptied files are then TRULY deleted. But usually it will take quite a time, sometimes months or years to reach that overwritten state as storage volume of Mac hard drive is upgrading. In a word as long as the real data not fully covered, chances are there to recover those trashed files on Mac OS X.

How to Undelete Files from Trash Mac?

Data Recovery for Mac is the right tool to use in this case. With this program, recovering trashed files (documents, photos, videos, audio, archives, email etc.) from Mac can be as easy as you think. With ONLY 3 steps, you can achieve do it yourself Mac file recovery easily and securely. Not only recovering trashed Mac, but it is also capable of restoring data lost from Mac due to Command Delete, accidental formatting, partition loss, hard drive error, HFS file system corruption, virus attack etc.

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Retrieve Files Emptied from Trash on Mac - Step by Step Tutorial

Precaution: when you cleared Trashbin, it is highly recommended that you stop any activity on that partition where your lost files located. This is to make sure you have better chances to recover trash mac.

STEP 1: Install the Mac Trash recovery software and select a recovery mode. (DOWNLOAD - FOR MAC USERS) Note: you’d better install the program on another partition. Open the software and you’ll see the interface shown as below. There are 4 recovery modes listed. For those who want to recover deleted files from Trash Mac, choose 'Deleted Recovery' option.

STEP 2: Choose the source drive and click 'Scan'. After selecting the recovery mode, the next thing you need to do is highlight the partition where your deleted files located. And then hit 'Scan' button on the bottom side of the software interface.

STEP 3: Preview and recover trashed files. There will be a lot of files found in the scanning process. These should be the ones you have emptied from Mac Trash. Preview them to evaluate. And then click 'Recover' option if you think they are right what you have deleted.

You should remember – when you are performing recover option in STEP 3, the software will suggest you save the recovered files to another drive or partition. This is to avoid overwritten cases happen. Also if the software has found your files emptied from trash, DO NOT operate other software. Lastly and most importantly, before your deleted files are recovered from Mac Trash, DO NOT attempt to put more files to the partition as this will decrease chances of Mac trash recovery.


In order to maximize the recovery of lost Mac data, we recommend:
(1) Once lost or accidentally deleted Mac files, the users should immediately stop using their Mac machine. Do not save new files onto the Mac machine. Otherwise, once the deleted files are overwritten by new files, they will completely disappear.
(2) Use anti-virus software to protect your Mac machine, as some viruses can delete user data without your permission. Do not connected infected USB drive, SD card, mobile hard disk to your Mac.

(3) In order to completely avoid Mac data loss, it is recommended to back up important data to iCloud or external storage devices.


Question: My Mac machine is formatted. Is it possible to recover the lost data?
Answer: Yes. Formatting the hard drive does not actually erase the data, and it is not essentially different from data deletion.


Question: I carelessly deleted some pictures and documents from my SD card. Is it possible to restore them with this Mac data recovery software?
Answer: Of course. SD cards can also be seen as the external memory of Mac machine. Deleted files also did not disappear, unless they are overwritten by the other files.


Question: Can this data recovery tool recover lost iPhone data?

Answer: Sorry, it can not. You can rescue lost files from iPhone with a professional iPhone data recovery tool.