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How to Recover Deleted Files from Emptied Trash in Mac OS X

What happened if we decide to empty Trash Bin?

When we emptied Trash Bin (secure emptying is not included), what we deleted is actually not the file. You just lose the access of the file from the system. The space occupied by deleted files is marked as "available to reuse", so the deleted files remain physically intact on the drive until they are overwritten by other files. The files will be only deleted when they are overwritten by new files. To prevent overwriting we need to stop using the Mac immediately if we want to recover deleted data from Mac Trash.

How to recover deleted files from Mac Trash

To undo emptied Trash in Mac OS, you can try a recovery program - Mac Trash Recovery. Here we humbly recommend Wondershare Data Recovery for Mac, an easy-to-use data recovery for Mac users,which is compatible with Mac OS X Mavericks. With its friendly interface, you can recover trash Mac just with some clicks. If the space isn't overwritten, your deleted files can be recovered with 100%.

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Recover your lost data up to 550+ file types lost under various situations!

Retrieve data lost due to format, deletion and inaccessibility.
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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.

Steps of Recovering Trash on Mac

Step 1 Choose Lost File Recovery mode

"Lost File Recovery" can undelete files from a partition or removable media, no matter deleted by Command + Delete or emptied from the Trash.

This recovery option is recommended at first, for it takes you only a few minutes to retrieve deleted files from Mac Trash. If you can't get deleted file in this mode, you can try "Raw Recovery" later, which can recover tons of files including those lost long time ago, more time consumed accordingly.

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Step 2 Scan the location of Trash on Mac

Select the logical drive where you deleted your files, if you have more than one drives on your Mac. Then click on "Scan" to search your deleted files.

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Step 3 Preview and recover files from Mac Trash

You are here now. When the scan finishes, all files you deleted are listed with the original path, no matter you deleted them directly from Library, desktop, or Trash, etc. Undoubtedly, files you emptied from Trash are in the "Trash" folder. Or you can search the file's name in the search bar on the top to retrieve it fast.

Before recovery, you can preview the file to make sure the files or quantity. Common image formats, documents and archives are allowed to preview directly.

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Step 4 Save the recovered files on another partition or disk

When checking the file for recovery, click "Recover" to retrieve them. 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.

Tips: Before "Empty Trash", please check the Trash Bin carefully. If you find something valuable, you can highlight the ones that got mistakenly sent there and drag them out of Trash to avoid this data loss headache.

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Video tutorial of Trash file recovery on Mac

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alesterwade
Undelete files from Trash even if the files are permanently emptied from the Trash folder by making use of an amazing data recovery tool called Remo Recover. It works on all major versions of Mac OS X
Selena
Well, I guess your lost files are logically corrupted. To tell us more details about your issue, you can contact our online support for help.
iasonathanasiadis
Wondershare sees my file names but doesn't show me the files themselves. After purchasing a copy of the program, it recovered all the files but I cannot open them. Can you please send me an email on which I can post a screenshot? Many thanks.
Selena
I'm sorry but maybe your power point document has been overwritten by new data on your Mac. To recover lost data, you'd better stop using your Mac immediately.
Selena
I guess the files you want to recover have been overwritten by new data on your Mac. You'd better stop using your Mac after files were lost if you want to recover them all.
Joshua
It doesn't show any of the files I accidentally wiped from Trash...
Jeff
This will recover files and preserve the file name? I deleted a folder on my Seagate backup harddrive that contained 59 video files. I also used the same Seagate as a Time Machine backup (Mac), so there will be a ton of files it recovers. How do I know if those 59 files will be there among the 1000+ other video files from my Time Machine backup?
lnda
I deleted a power point that was on my desktop and emptied my trash I ran the recovery and the trash file didn't come up! Help!
Selena
With trial version, you can view file name or preview found images to check whether Wondershare Data Recovery is really useful or not. I'm sorry but the trial version is not able to recover files.
Guy Steer
Hi Wondershare. I have used the trial to find the deleted files but I would like to recover 1 file (1mb) to see / test if they are corrupted. Is it not possible to recover a small sized file to test with your trial? I don't want to pay for the software if the files are corrupted.
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