How to Recover Deleted Trash on Mac

It might seem impossible to recover files from Trash on Mac. But it's not! With Disk Drill data recovery app getting your lost data back is a matter of a few clicks and just several minutes. Moreover, it's free to completely scan and find your trashed data, even if your Trash was emptied (not securely, though).
How to Recover Deleted Trash on Mac
It happens all the time: you send a file to your trash and then minutes (or even days) later you realize you need that file! Don’t worry. Even if you’ve emptied your trash, there’s still a good chance you can recover deleted files from trash on Mac. Disk Drill can recover files from Trash on Mac perfectly well.

Read on for a quick overview of the steps needed to recover trash on Mac. For detailed tutorials, see How to Install Disk Drill and How to Recover Lost Files from Your Mac Internal Hard Drive in our Knowledgebase.

#1 Review How Efficiently You Can Recover Trash on Mac

Check out our article Variables That Impact File Recovery Chances to better understand your chances of successfully being able to recover deleted trash on Mac OS X. If you only emptied your trash a short while ago and you did NOT use the “secure empty trash” function, then your chances are good.

#2 Download and Install Disk Drill

If you haven’t already, download and install the completely free Disk Drill Basic. Since you want to recover trash from your Mac’s internal hard drive, it’s better to install it on an external drive (and use Portable Mode). This way you’ll avoid the possibility of overwriting your lost files when you install the software.
  • 1Download Disk Drill
  • 2Drag to Applications Folder
  • 3Launch Disk Drill

#3 Scan for Files Deleted from Trash

Launch Disk Drill and if a popup window appears, uncheck all options – you don’t want to install anything extra at this point. When the main window appears, select your hard drive and click “Recover.” This will scan your hard drive and attempt to recover files deleted from trash on Mac OS X. Scan for Files Deleted from Trash

#4 Review Found Files

After the scan is complete, Disk Drill will show you the list of files it has found. Sometimes the recovered files do not have their original names preserved, so you can filter your results by date, size and type. Click the “eye” icon to preview the files right in Disk Drill.
Be sure to preview the entire file to make sure it is complete and uncorrupted. There is a good chance you will be able to recover emptied trash on Mac.

Keep your files safe and well-protected

Disk Drill is an ultimate Mac Trash Recovery app that will do its best protecting your documents with its unique capabilities. The app offers Guaranteed Recovery and Recovery Vault options. Guaranteed Recovery keeps an eye on all your files and if any of them are moved to Trash the invisible copy of this file is saved to ensure its successful recovery from trash on Mac any time. Recovery Vault sketches a "map" for Disk Drill to find lost files.

#5 Recover the Deleted Trash on Mac OS X

When you find the files you need, check the box next to them and click Recover. Disk Drill will walk you through the file recovery steps. Recover the Deleted Trash on Mac OS X

#6 Set Up Guaranteed Recovery

When you successfully recover the emptied trash on Mac, you will want to prevent it from happening again. The best way to do this is to use Disk Drill’s Guaranteed Recovery feature. Guaranteed Recovery monitors your Mac’s trash folder, and makes an invisible copy of any file you send to the trash.
This way you always have a copy – even after you emptied the trash. Simply install Disk Drill on your Mac’s hard drive and then follow the instructions in How to Use Recovery Vault and Guaranteed Recovery to activate it. After that you will never have to worry about recovering deleted files from your Mac trash again. Set Up Guaranteed Recovery
So there you have it: six easy steps describing how to recover deleted trash on Mac.

Disk Drill is an excellent tool for recovery from trash on Mac OS X

Use Deep Scan to be efficient even in the situations when almost no file structure is left. Even if the files were moved to Trash quite some time ago Disk Drill will apply its best knowledge of file signatures to locate the correct ones and bring them back to life. Files like XLS, DOC, AVI, MP4, JPG, and others are pretty easy to recover from emptied Trash on Mac when the needed signatures are found.

You can recover emptied Trash on Mac OS X!

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