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How to Recover Deleted Files from Emptied Trash on Mac OS X?

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Restore Trash MacJust emptied Trash in Mac OS X by command + delete or right click the Trash Bin and click ‘empty trash’ option and all files such as documents, photos, videos, music etc got deleted all of a sudden, but later terribly found there were still a couple important files laying there? Stop panic, chances are there to undelete files even if the Mac Trash is emptied due to human operation errors. The only thing you need to take care is do not put more items to the Macintosh HD where those trashed stuff originally located. Then take a reliable Mac Trash recovery program to restore them with ease.

Why Recovering Trashed Files Is STILL Possible on Mac?

As is known to all Mac users, when you drag some files to Trash, they can be restored by “Pull Back” function. But what if you right clicked the “Empty Trash” option? Will the files still recoverable? Common beliefs think they are gone for good. However, the real answer is YES, undeleting trashed files on Mac is highly possible (thought not 100%).


The fact is – even if you emptied Trash Mac, what you have actually done does not guarantee the files are erased permanently (note: you can learn how to permanently delete files on Mac for the sure ways). What happens is that the space that the trashed files originally occupy becomes now free and available for reusing (by other data). But the information (such as data, file size, date etc) is still 100% intact there and recoverable. However, the “free space” can and will be “overwritten” by your Mac one day because your Mac volume is limited. It may take days, weeks or even months for that happen. Once overwritten, it is impossible to recover the trashed files. That’s the reason why – you should take action as soon as possible.

Mac Trashed File Recovery Software

Data Recover for Mac is such easy yet dynamic tool that is capable of restoring files deleted due to emptying Trash without backup. No matter your trashed files are valuable photos, videos, music or documents (Microsoft Office, Adobe PDF etc), archives, emails etc, all can be easily retrieved without hassles. Moreover, incorporated with 5 Recovery modes, the Mac recovery program also restore data lost from Mac machine (iMac, Macbook etc) due to formatting, partition errors, HFS+ file system corruption etc. It is compatible with latest Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8), and older OS X 10.7 Lion, 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.5 Leopard.


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Keep in mind: Never download and install any program in the place where you lost your files, for this could overwrite your lost data. Download and install it on another partition.
If you're using Windows OS, you need to download a Windows version of Wondershare Data Recovery

Actually you need only 3 simple steps to recover Trash Mac at great ease. Below is such step-by-step guide.

Step 1 Choose Lost File Recovery mode

Select Recovery Mode. Open the program and you’ll see the main interface like below. There are 5 recovery modes listed on it. For recovering Trash Mac, choose "Lost File Recovery " mode.

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Step2 Scan the location of Trash on Mac

Start Scanning the drive for Trashed Items. Highlight the right drive, and let the scanning process continue. Then the software will start to scan for the lost files on that Mac drive, after a while (usually within seconds or minutes) and you’ll see a lot of items found.

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Step 3 Preview and recover files from Mac Trash

Preview and Restore Found Files. If you confirm they are right what you have wiped out from Mac Trash, simply click Recover button and choose another partition to save those undeleted data. Done!

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During the scanning process, you can choose to "Pause" or "Stop" the work if you have found the files you are looking for in the list or you have to leave for a while. If you pause it, you can continue it any time when you are available. If stop, you don't need to drop the current scanning result, and you can save it on your computer for next time recovery by resuming it, which can save you much time.

Step 4: Save the recoverable files on another partition or disk

When checking the file for recovery, click on "Recover" to get them back.

What you should keep in mind is: don't save the recovered files on the same place where you lost them, in case you overwrite them. If you don't find all the files, the deleted files will be overwritten for your new files' storage.

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In order to increase chances of Mac Trash undelete
As you may know Mac OS X overwrites free space very quickly thus if you keep using it and generate sizeable new data, possibility will increase for those original trashed files to be overwritten. Once overwritten (fully or partially), it is much harder to perform undelete. So when you emptied Trash accidentally, the first thing you should keep in mind is stop any activity on the Macintosh HD.

Chances of Mac Trash recovery

Because the operating system doesn't immediately reuse the space from deleted files, it's a plain and simple job for us to undelete trash on Mac. But the probability of recovering Trash Mac successfully decreases substantially the longer we use the computer after selecting "Empty Trash" option, because the Mac OS X may overwrite this little free space very quickly with temp files. The greatest chance of Mac trash recovery is to stop using the Mac machine once we wrongly emptied the Trash. Thus, there will be a higher chance to recover deleted Mac files after emptying Trash folder.

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