How to Recover Trash on Mac after Emptied (2018 Solution)

2018-07-08 03:03:17 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to Recover Follow @ Rosa

Q1: I'm using macOS Sierra. I accidentally emptied Trash and need to recover some files. Is it possible to recover Trash on Mac? Help please.

Q2: Hi, I want to know how to recover files from Trash on my MacBook pro. I have accidentally deleted an important excel document from Trash, is this possible to do that? Thanks!

A: The quick answer is YES. But why and how can you recover Trash on Mac? Please read on to find the reason and solution.

Why Is It Possible to Recover Trash on Mac after Emptied?

Usually, when you delete files to Trash, you can easily restore them by directly dragging them from Trash folder to desktop or another location. But if you empty the Trash bin, are the files gone for good?

No! In fact, the deleted files still remain on your Mac hard drive. When you permanently delete files or empty the Trash, you only lose their directory entries. That means you are not allowed to access or view them in normal way. And the spaces of trashed files are marked as free and can be occupied by new files you add. Once overwritten by new data, the deleted files can become unrecoverable.

So stop working with the hard drive where files were deleted to avoid overwritten. It is also crucial to use a powerful Mac Trash recovery tool to find and recover all deleted files from emptied Trash before they’re truly gone. 

The Best Mac Trash Recovery Tool

Cisdem Data Recovery can be your first option when it comes to Mac Trash recovery tool. Due to its powerful recovery ability, fast scan speed and easy to use, it is highly reviewed and recommended by users and tech websites.

From Softpedia:

Taking all things into consideration, Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac is an efficient and user-friendly application for the Mac that can help you deal with the awful situations when you have lost precious files.

From user Getch:

I was trying to back up my macbook data to my external hard drive and accidentally deleted the wrong "photos" folder and emptied the trash. Fortunately, this software was easily able to recover the entire folder of Photo Booth pictures, though it take about an hour, but I'm just happy to have my photos back.

This Mac Trash recovery tool is 100% safe for you to recover files from Trash on Mac running macOS 10.9 or above. It can undelete files like photos, videos, audios, documents and archives from emptied Trash Bin, then save them to a safe location. It also supports restoring lost files from other external storage devices like USB drive, iPod, SD card, etc.

And Cisdem Data Recovery is available for below data loss occasions from Trash:

  • Accidentally or mistakenly deleted files from Trash bin.
  • Tap “Empty Trash” button from the Trash window.
  • Press Command + Shift + Delete keys to delete files from Trash.
  • Press Command + Option + Shift + Delete to empty Trash without warning.
  • Right click the Trash icon in Dock and select “Empty Trash” or “Secure Empty Trash”.
  • Use third-party data erase tool to erase the Trash files.

As long as the deleted or lost files have not been overwritten, then you can get them back with the help of Cisdem Data Recovery. Try it for free and follow the steps below to do Mac Trash recovery!

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How to Recover Trash on Mac (3 Steps)

Step 1Open the Mac Trash recovery tool.

Launch Cisdem Data Recovery. And choose one of the five scan modes to continue, like Trash Recovery. Meanwhile, we'll focus on the other two modes.

Basic Data Recovery: This mode can quickly recover Trash files with original names and structures. It is recommended if you emptied the Trash bin recently.

Advanced Data Recovery: This mode can take you much more time but will give you better results. It can dig out more files that were deleted from your hard drive long time ago provided that not overwritten. Wait patiently when choosing Advanced Data Recovery.  

Step 2Choose the hard drive.

Choose the hard drive where the files were stored. And tap “Scan”. Then this Mac Trash recovery tool will scan the drive for deleted files.

Note: If you want to recover only one type of your files like Photos or Documents, tap the Setting icon to unselect other file types. By the way, you can also choose specific formats of your file to save time.

Step 3Preview and recover Trash on Mac.

When this Mac Trash recovery app finishes scanning, it will list all found files in file types on the left column. Expand each file type and select each file to preview. At last, batch select files you need and tap “Recover” to save them on a specific location.

Other Methods to Recover Emptied Trash on Mac

If your deleted files were overwritten, then the above method wouldn’t work. At this point, the last thing you can do is to find a backup of your deleted file. Check other locations like iCloud drive, Time Machine or another hard drive to see whether you have a backup.

Recover Trash Mac from Time Machine

If you have turned on Time Machine for backup, then there are possibilities to recover emptied Trash on Mac from Time Machine.

Step1. Click Time Machine in the menu bar and select “Enter Time Machine”.

Step2. Then a window pops up. And you will see all your backup files. You can use the timeline or onscreen up and down arrows to locate the files you need.

Step3. Select the files you want to restore and tap “Restore” to restore from Time Machine.

Recover Trash Mac from iCloud

If you set up iCloud Drive on your Mac and store your files to it, the files will be synced with your iCloud account. So you may find a backup of your Trashed file in iCloud. This method only allows you to recover files deleted in the last 30 days.

Step1. Sign into icloud.com with your Apple ID and password. Tap Settings icon, then click “Restore Files” in the “Advanced” section.

Step2. Select the file you want to restore to iCloud Drive, or check “Select All” at the lower left if you want all files to be recovered.

Step3. Tap “Restore X Files” on the lower right (X stands for the numbers of files selected). At last, open iCloud Drive in Finder to locate them.

You can also take a closer look at another Mac hard drive and other online cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive that are commonly used for backup.

Final Words

Although you can easily perform Mac Trash recovery by following the above guide, it is not 100% guaranteed that all deleted files could be recovered. Having regular backups both local and online is essential to avoid data loss. In addition, Cisdem Data Recovery will be a good helper if you are interested in recovering files from Trash on Mac.

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