Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.x and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion)


Mac File Recovery from Trash

Trash in Mac Operating system is similar to Recycle Bin in Windows OS, where the files that are deleted from the finder of Mac OS are temporarily stored. Generally, Trash is an invisible folder in Mac OS, which is located at the root level of the drive. The root level of the drive is called as “Desktop Folder”. When you keep a file in the Trash in Mac OS X, it is temporarily stored in invisible folder of your home directory called .trash. Along with root user, each user has its own .trash folder, where the deleted files are temporarily stored. You are not able to view or access .trash folder directly from the Mac OS GUI. The default location of Trash is root/user folder name/.trash. You cannot manually allocate the size of Trash; Mac OS itself automatically allocates size of the Trash. If you want to know the total size of the contents of Trash then you need to open Trash, select all files and then click on get info. Actually, Trash is a folder, which may also expand its size with each new deleted folders or files. The main difference between Trash and Recycle bin is that, you can increase, decrease or even restrict the size of Recycle bin in Windows but in Mac you cannot restrict the size of Trash.

In general, when you delete a file, it is moved to Trash so that if you later feel that you want the file back then you can easily restore it back from Trash. If you enable or mark the “include a command that bypasses trash” in file management preferences then the files bypasses the Trash instead of moving to the Trash. Sometimes, you may accidentally delete a file using Command+Delete keys, due to which the file bypasses the Trash because the option is enabled resulting in data loss. Even though the files bypass the Trash, they are not permanently deleted; only the allocation information of files gets deleted making the files inaccessible. Actually, they are still present on the hard drive until they are overwritten by new data. With the help of Mac File Recovery tool you can recover files from MacBook. For more details visit:

Therefore, while deleting you need to recheck that the file you want to delete is important to you or not. If you do not want the file to bypass the Trash then you need to disable the “include a command that bypasses trash” option. You need to take backup of essential data because, if you didn’t find your deleted file in Trash then you can easily restore it back from backup file. If you don’t have backup then no need to worry because, Mac file recovery helps you to recover deleted files from Mac OS until and unless the data has not been overwritten. So, do not save or copy any new files onto the drive from where you have accidentally deleted the files. HFS+, HFSX, FAT16 and FAT32 are the different types of file systems supported by this software.

You need to follow below mentioned steps to recover files, which have been deleted:

Step 1: Download and install demo version of Mac file recovery. The main screen appears as shown in Figure 1

Main screen

Figure 1 : Main screen

Step 2: Select "Recover files" option from main window and then from the next window, select "Recover deleted files" to recover files that have been deleted or select "Recover lost files" to recover files that have been lost as shown in Figure 2

Recover deleted or lost files screen

Figure 2 : Recover deleted files or Recover lost files

Step 3: Select the drive/ volume from which you want to recover files then click "Next". Now, you can select the file types that you want to recover else you can skip this option by clicking "Skip" option as shown in Figure 3

Select file type

Figure 3 : Select file type

Step 4: The software starts scanning for deleted files from the drive or volume, which you have selected. Once the scanning is completed, all the deleted files are listed as shown in Figure 4. You can preview recovered files, to evaluate recovery chances

Preview recovered data window

Figure 4 : Save recovered data

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For Leopard (10.5) and
Snow Leopard (10.6) Users

For Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8),
Mavericks & Yosemite(10.10) Users