I deleted some necessary files by mistake, how can I get the deleted files back on Mac? Is it possible to recover deleted files on Mac after emptied Trash? When browsing the Apple Support Community, we can easily find many users talking about similar files recovery related problems. Here is a comprehensive summary of how to recover deleted files on Mac.
Although Apple doesn’t offer undelete button to restore deleted files, there are so many possibilities to recover deleted files on Mac without software. You can follow below guides to recover the deleted files before they are gone for good.
When you delete files on Mac, they always go to Trash bin. So if the files have been deleted recently, there is a chance that the files could be in the Trash and you can recover deleted files from the Trash.
Step 1. Click the Trash icon in Dock.
Step 2. Preview and find the recently deleted files in Trash.
Step 3. Just right click on the items in the Trash and then choose "Put Back". The deleted files will be restored in their original folder.
If you want to recover deleted photos and music on Mac, the steps are different. Check the guide below.
If you have deleted photos from Photos app on your Mac, then you can’t find them in Trash bin. When you delete photos from the Photos app in less than 30 days, you can recover deleted photos on Mac from Recently Deleted Folder. Go to Recently Deleted Album, you'll see a list of photos you've deleted and select the photos you want to recover, at last click the Recover button at the top right.
If you have deleted photos in more than 30 days, your photos will be erased. You can only recover them from backup or using Mac photo recovery software.
When you delete Music from iTunes library, they are usually moved to Trash or kept in iTunes Media folder. If the music files are deleted to Trash, you can directly drag them to the desktop. In iTunes, choose Preference in iTunes menu, navigate to Advanced tab and make sure there is a tick in the box marked 'Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library'.
Then click File from the iTunes menu bar to choose “Add to Library…” and select the recovered music files, at last all deleted music files will reappear in your iTunes library.
If you have turned on Time Machine, you may have backed up the files between your last edit (if any were recent) and deleting them. Follow below guide to recover deleted files on Mac even from emptied Trash by using Time Machine. Or you can view detailed steps to retrieve deleted files from Time Machine: How to Restore from Time Machine on Mac.
Step 1. Click the Time Machine icon in menu bar and choose “Enter Time Machine”.
Step 2. A window pops up and you can use the arrows and timeline to browse the local snapshots and backups.
Step 3. Find the deleted files you want and then click “Restore” to recover deleted files to their original location.
If you have uploaded the files before deleted to online cloud storage services like iCloud Drive and Dropbox or cloned your drives regularly as an extra backup insurance policy, then your files may still be there. You can go to the cloud website or check the cloned copies and search for deleted files, and then select and restore them.
However, if none of above ways works, you still can follow the guide below to recover deleted files from Mac. And you must stop using your Mac to store new data immediately since the deleted files are overwritten by new data, it will be impossible to recover them.
However, to recover deleted files on Mac, more and more users prefer to a piece of professional data recovery program. Since those solutions without using software won’t work all the time, especially when your Trash Bin is emptied, or your deleted files are hidden deeply. And in fact, a dedicated Mac Data Recovery app is always the best choice for users, if you want to recover your deleted files successfully.
Cisdem Data Recovery, in terms of capability and efficiency to recover deleted files, is the best pick for mac users. It is designed to recover deleted photos, emails, videos and other documents from Mac, hard drives, flash drives, memory cards, etc. In addition, it is easy to use and can fast recover your deleted files. With Cisdem Data Recovery, you can:
If you are running macOS 10.13 and want to recover deleted files from Mac startup disk, you need to disable System Integrity Protection on your Mac computer before starting to recover files.
Step1. Reboot the Mac and hold down "Command + R" keys simultaneously after you hear the startup chime.
Step2. When the "macOS Utilities" screen appears, click "Utilities" in the menu bar, and choose "Terminal".
Step3. In the "Terminal" window, type in "csrutil disable" and press "Enter" then restart your Mac.
And you can also turn on SIP after recovering data on macOS High Sierra. To enable SIP, just follow above steps and type in "csrutil enable" in Terminal.
Congratulations! You now know how to restore & recover deleted files on Mac OS. Also, you can watch the video to recover your deleted files on mac instantly and successfully.
A: There are many situations that can lead to data loss, such as accidental deletion, securely emptied Trash, mistaken operation, permanently deleting files by using "Cmd + Shift + Del" button, unplanned formatting, power surges, etc. And there is no need to get worried when you lose Mac files either from hard drives or from Trash, this is because all those deleted or lost files can be easily recovered.
A: When you delete some important Mac files by mistake, it doesn’t mean you lose them permanently; you just remove the entry of the file from hard drive directory instead of the file itself. It continues existing on your hard drive, even after you empty it from the Trash Bin.
As long as new files have not overwritten your deleted files, there is a good chance that you can recover them on Mac with some third-party file recovery software like Cisdem Data Recovery.
A: In Photos app, there is a Recently Deleted folder that stores photos deleted in less than 30 days. When you delete documents, music and other files on Mac, they are moved to Trash. You can restore them anytime as long as the Trash has not been emptied.
A: Many users want to recover deleted files for free. For Windows users, there are some free data recovery software like Recuva. But for Mac users, there are none. Many Mac data recovery software claim to be free, but they only allow you to recover files with limited size and features. So buying a full version of Mac data recovery is unavoidable.
A: You can try Cisdem Data Recovery to scan and recover permanently deleted pictures on Mac. And this app also allows you to recover other permanently deleted files like documents, videos, music files, etc.
A: First, you need to connect your memory card to your Mac via card reader. Second, open Cisdem Data Recovery and choose scan mode, then select the memory card for scanning. Third, preview all found photos and select the ones you need to recover. At last, tap Recover button. These steps can also be available for any external storage devices like SD card, USB drive, external hard drive.
A: Cisdem Data Recovery allows you to store the recovered files in specific location. If you mean where stores the AutoRecover word files, you can check this guide for details: How to Recover Word Document on Mac.
A: If you have turned on Time Machine backup or use internet-hosted backup system, like Crashplan or Backblaze, you may have one or more previous versions of the file or even the latest version stored. Then you can find the version you want and restore it after overwritten.
Jose has been a member of Cisdem since 2012. He specializes in reviews, how-to guides, top lists, etc. on PDF, data recovery and multi-media. On his spare time, he likes to travel or challenge some extreme sports.
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