How to Recover Deleted AVI Files on Mac [AVI Video File Recovery]

It is possible to recover deleted AVI files Mac. First, you should go to the Trash folder to check if the AVI files exist. If not, you can restore a recent AVI backup or download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to recover the files.

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Can I Recover Deleted AVI Files on Mac

Windows OS usually uses AVI files, and iMac or MacBook can also play AVI files. Can you recover if you accidentally deleted AVI files on Mac or lost them while editing the videos? Yes, you can recover deleted AVI files Mac from Mac Trash directly. If you emptied the Trash and all the AVI files are gone, you need to find a data recovery program or restore deleted AVI files from recent backups. Why can deleted AVI files be found on Mac with software after emptying Trash? The AVI files are deleted from the "Surface", and the data is still there before writing more information to overwrite it.

We will show you how to recover deleted AVI files on Mac with four methods. You can quickly get information about the methods from the following table:

Methods Editor's Advice Difficulty

🎖️Use Recovery Software

You'd better use this method if you accidentally emptied the Trash folder and lost all the deleted AVI files. Easy

🗑️Recover from Trash

If you just deleted the AVI files and did not empty the Trash or clean up the storage space, you can find the files in the Trash folder. Easy

⏱️Restore from Time Machine

You should have backed up your AVI files before the deletion, or you cannot find anything useful. Normal

🤖Retrieve with Mac Terminal

If you haven't used the command lines in Mac Terminal, you should try other methods instead. Hard

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1. Recover Deleted AVI Files Mac with Software

Recovering deleted AVI files on Mac with professional recovery software is the most recommended solution when you have an empty Trash on Mac. AVI files are videos, and the video files are usually large. So, you should prepare enough storage space to store these recovered AVI files.

Afterward, go to the EaseUS official website or click the following button to download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.

  • Mac Trash Recovery. This software can help you find all the deleted files after emptying the Trash folder on your Mac.
  • Mac Video Recovery. It can help you recover deleted AVI, MP4, MOV, and 3GP files on Mac.
  • Corrupted Video Repair. This software can help you recover and repair corrupted video files on Mac.
  • Camera Recovery. You can recover deleted photos and videos from Camera, which supports Sony, Leica, Nikon, Canon video recovery, etc.

Don't worry that you cannot operate this software because we will provide a detailed tutorial for help. Keep reading and recover deleted AVI videos on Mac with EaseUS.

Step 1. Search for lost files

Select the disk location to search for lost files (it can be an internal HDD/SSD or an external hard drive) where you lost data and files. Click the "Search for lost files" button.

Note: Before data recovery, you'd better click "Disk Backup" from the left sidebar to create a backup of your HDD/SSD to avoid further data loss. After backing up, the software can recover data from your disk backup, and you can use the HDD or SSD again.

Recover Data Step1

Step 2. Go through the scanning results

This software will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display pictures, documents, audio, videos, and emails on the left pane.

Recover Data Step2

Step 3. Select the file(s) and recover

Click the data to preview, and click the "Recover" button to have them back.

Recover Data Step3

2. How to Recover Deleted AVI Files Mac from Trash

We will introduce how to recover deleted AVI files on Mac from the Trash folder step by step. If you accidentally removed AVI videos by using the Move to Trash shortcut, the AVI files will appear in the Trash folder. Let us help you to find the Trash folder and recover AVI files from it:

Step 1. The Trash folder can be easily found in the Mac Dock.

Mac Trash

Step 2. Click the trash icon to open the Trash folder.

Step 3. Find the deleted AVI files and select them.

Step 4. Right-click and choose "Put Back" to restore AVI files.

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3. Restore Deleted AVI Video from Time Machine Backup

If you have a recent Time Machine backup, you can recover deleted files on Mac without software. You may enable Time Machine to back up your files before and forget automatically, so you should check the Time Machine anyway.

Step 1. You can find a section in the Apple menu to enter Time Machine if you enable it to show Time Machine in the menu bar.

Select Time Machine

Step 2. All the available backups will appear, and you should choose one of the backups and find the deleted AVI videos.

Step 3. After selecting the files or folders, click on "Restore" to put them back.

Select Restore

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4. Recover Deleted AVI Files with Mac Terminal

Mac Terminal is a command line utility that is similar to Windows Command Prompt. If you are familiar with Terminal command lines, you can move files from Trash to another folder.

Step 1. Open Finder on Mac, go to the Applications folder, and choose "Utilities".

Step 2. Click "Terminal" in the Utilities folder to run it on Mac.

restore mac files from terminal

Step 3. Type in cd .Trash and press the Return key to run this command line.

Step 4. Hit "Return" after typing in mv filename../.

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Have you got back all the deleted AVI files on Mac with the recommended methods? Downloading EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac is your first choice if you accidentally empty the Trash after deleting AVI videos. Don't hesitate to install it on your Mac computer, and you'll never encounter data loss with EaseUS.

AVI Files Recovery FAQs

Do you want to know more about AVI file recovery on Mac? Keeping reading the following Q&As:

1. How to fix the AVI video not working on Mac?

You can fix the video not working on Mac in the following ways:

  1. 1. Repair corrupted AVI videos with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.
  2. 2. Check the internet connection when AVI videos cannot play on the website.
  3. 3. Check JavaScript on the Mac browser.
  4. 4. Cleaning the caches to fix the issue.
  5. 5. Reinstall the video player on Mac.

2. How to recover permanently deleted AVI files on Mac?

You can use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to recover deleted AVI files after emptying Trash.

  1. 1. Download this Mac AVI recovery tool and select a scan disk.
  2. 2. Preview the video files after finding them.
  3. 3. Recover the AVI video files by clicking the Recover button.

3. How to recover deleted AVI files without the software?

You can recover deleted AVI files without software. Check the following methods:

  1. 1. Restore AVI files from the Mac Trash folder.
  2. 2. Undo deletion on Mac.
  3. 3. Restore deleted AVI files from Time Machine.

4. How to play AVI videos on Mac?

Although the Mac QuickTime media player cannot play AVI videos on Mac, you can download a suitable AVI player to open AVI files. You can also convert AVI to MP4 format to play the videos.

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Dany is an editor of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. She focuses on writing articles about data recovery on Mac devices and PCs. She is devoted to improving her writing skills and enriching her professional knowledge. Dany also enjoys reading detective novels in her spare time.

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