Recover Deleted Files on macOS 10.13 High Sierra (macOS Mojave Applicable )

Tracy King updated on Apr 19, 2019 to Mac File Recovery | How-to Articles


If you accidentally deleted or removed important files on Mac computer and even emptied the Trash bin, do not panic. Here, we will show you how to effectively undo empty Trash on Mac and recover deleted files on Mac 10.13 High Sierra with Time Machine backup and EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.

Undo empty trash on Mac from Time Machine (invalid if no backup created before)
Recover deleted files on macOS High Sierra with a Mac trash recovery tool

Deleting files from Mac and emptying the Trash has become a day-to-day operation for users to remove useless files to free up disk space and speed up Mac. However, losing data by emptying Mac Trash accidentally is also one of the top problems for most Mac users on macOS 10.14 Mojave, 10.13 High Sierra, 10.12 Sierra, and former versions.

If you are trying to find some simple ways to recover deleted files by emptying trash bin on macOS High Sierra, relax and follow methods below to undo empty Mac trash bin effectively.

Before you make the trash recovery, you should check whether the files on the trash have been cleaned or not. If not, you can click on Trash icon on the right side of the Dock, then drag deleted files to the desktop directly. If you’ve emptied the trash bin, you'd better stop storing new files and take actions as the following guides require.

Method 1. Undo Empty Trash on macOS 10.13 High Sierra from Time Machine

If you use Time Machine to back up Mac, you can restore individual files, or restore your entire hard drive from a recent backup. If you don't have a Time Machine backup, pass this solution and jump to Method 2.

1. Connect the Time Machine backup disk to your Mac and turn it on.

2. Find the files you want to restore in your Time Machine backup. Select an item and press Space Bar to preview it and make sure it's the one you want.

3. Click "Restore" to recover the items you selected.

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Method 2. Recover Deleted Files on macOS High Sierra with a Trash Recovery Tool

If you don't have backups but have to undo empty trash on macOS High Sierra, you can rely on a powerful Mac file recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to get back all the files from trash bin within three simple steps. It allows you to recover lost or deleted files, photos, audio, music, emails from recycle bin, hard drive, memory card, flash drive, and digital camera safely and completely.

For Windows users to recover deleted files from recycle bin, here is the quick access.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac, select the disk location (it can be an internal HDD/SSD or a removable storage device) where you lost data and files. Click the Scan button.

select the location where data lost and click scan

Step 2. To scan and recover data from a Mac system disk, we need to load a new system extension. Follow the onscreen instructions to make it done by clicking Load > OK > Allow.

Next time when you use this tool, you won't be required to repeat these settings again. 

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Step 3. After the above operations, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display the scanning results on the left pane.

scan the selected disk to find lost data on your Mac

Step 4. In the scan results, select the file(s) and click Recover Now button to have them back.

click recover now button to recover lost data on your Mac


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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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