Recover Deleted Files Mac Without Time Machine

You have many methods to recover deleted files Mac without Time Machine. First, you should check the Trash folder. If you deleted files a few minutes ago, try the Mac Undo option. Try to check iCloud backup, and you can find something useful. If nothing works, download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to recover deleted files.

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Can I Recover Deleted Files Mac Without Time Machine

"Last week, I deleted some files to free up space on Macintosh HD, but I found I lost some important family photos. I don't like backing up my files with Time Machine. Can I recover Deleted File on Mac without Time Machine?" We must tell you that it is not the only way to recover deleted files with Time Machine. You can recover files on Mac from Trash and iCloud backup. If you deleted the files in a few minutes, try using the Undo option. The best solution for your situation is to apply professional data recovery software. We will introduce how to recover deleted files on Mac with EaseUS file recovery software.

1. Recover Deleted Files Mac Without Time Machine [Software]

Whether you are using an iMac or MacBook, you will delete files on Mac for many reasons, including clear system storage, organizing the desktop, cleaning duplicate files, etc. If the deleted files cannot be found in the Mac Trash folder, you will need data recovery software or a recent backup.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will be a perfect choice to recover deleted files when you don't have any backups with Mac Time Machine.

Trust us, you will need this functional recovery program in many ways:

  • 🗑️Restore Mac Trash Data. The Trash folder will automatically clean up at set intervals, and you will need to recover data from emptied Trash with software.
  • 🛠️Recover files after factory reset Mac. Have you encountered the Mac issue and need a factory reset on Mac? After the rest, you can recover data with the EaseUS recovery tool.
  • 💽Recover data from external hard drives Mac. Maybe you need to recover data from your external hard drives, USB flash drives, digital cameras, SD cards, and other storage devices.

By the way, this data recovery program can also repair corrupted videos. If your videos cannot play or have no sound, you can try this tool to fix them. Now, it is time to check the detailed tutorial and recover deleted files on Mac:

Note: You can create a backup of your Mac by clicking the "Disk Backup" on the left first. The software will recover the deleted files from the backup image. It can prevent further damage to your disk and data, making it safer and more reliable.

Step 1. Select the location and scan

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac and choose the disk where you lost data. Then, click "Search for lost files" to start scanning.

select a location and click search for lost files

Step 2. Filter and preview lost files

After the scan, use the file format filter on the left or upper right corner to find the deleted files you need.

filter lost files in types

Step 3. Recover lost data or files

You can double-click a file to preview its content, or choose multiple files to recover them at once. Click "Recover" to restore the lost data to a local or cloud drive.

click recover to recover lost data

2. Restore Deleted Files Mac Without Time Machine [Trash Folder]

We have mentioned that Mac users can restore deleted files on Mac from the Trash folder. Where is Tash on Mac? What is Mac Trash? You may have questions like that if you are a new Mac user. The trash folder will give you a second chance to recover deleted files on Mac, and it can be found in the Dock. It is simple to recover deleted files on Mac without Software, and here is the detailed tutorial:

Step 1. Find the Trash icon on Mac and click on it to launch the Trash.

Mac Trash icon

Step 2. The Trash window will open, and all the recently deleted files/folders/applications will be there.

Step 3. Select all the files you want to recover, and right-click them. Choose "Put Back", and the deleted files will go back to the original place immediately.

put back files in Trash

Is it simple to recover deleted files on Mac with a Trash folder? Maybe many new Mac users don't know this method, and you can share this post with them!


3. Retrieve Deleted Files Mac Without Time Machine [Undo Option]

Do you know you can withdraw your operation with macOS Undo option? It's simple to go back in time whenever you make a mistake on a Mac, thanks to Undo, especially when you delete or move a file on Mac. Find how simple this method is with the following steps:

Step 1. After moving or deleting files on Mac, click "Edit" from the top menu bar.

Step 2. Click the "Undo…" to undo your operation. By the way, you should know that this method only works when you just delete or move the files, and you can recover files deleted days ago with Undo option on Mac.

Step 3. You can also use the shortcut, Command + Z to undo your deletion, which works the same way.

undo move of a file

4. Recover Deleted Files Mac Without Time Machine [iCloud Backup]

To use the last method we recommend, you should ensure the files are not deleted from the iCloud either. Whether you deleted the files on or another Apple device with iCloud Drive turned on, you can recover them on if they were deleted during the last 30 days from iCloud Drive and other applications.

Step 1. Open with Safari or other web browsers on your Mac. Log in with your Apple ID.

visit iCloud werbsite

Step 2. Enter the settings of your account.

recover deleted files with iCloud

Step 3. In the Advances settings section, click "Restore Files". If you want to recover other contents, you can click the corresponding button.

recover files with iCloud

Note: Files that have been permanently deleted when they are not in iCloud backup. However, try to restore them with the first method. If you lost some photos and want to recover them with iCloud, check this passage to learn more.

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How to Recover Deleted Photos from iCloud on Mac

Photo recovery is not a challenge anymore, especially when you have an iCloud backup. Learn how to recover deleted photos from iCloud on Mac here.


Although we have learned how to recover deleted files on Mac without Time Machine, you should back up your files frequently to avoid data loss. You are not that lucky to find data loss in time and use data recovery software to recover them. The longer the files are deleted, the more challenging it can be to recover them.

Deleted File Recovery Without Time Machine FAQs

Do you have more questions about deleted file recovery without Time Machine? This part will be your last chance to learn more:

1. Can I recover deleted files on macOS Ventura without Time Machine?

You can recover deleted files on macOS Ventura without Time Machine backup. You can recover deleted files with Trash's put-back option and macOS Undo option, and you can check iCloud backup to find deleted files. Try data recovery software if you cannot find deleted files using the mentioned methods.

2. What is the best way to recover deleted files without a Time Machine backup?

We recommend you recover deleted files with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac:

  1. 1. Install and launch this recovery tool on your Mac, and select a folder or disk to scan.
  2. 2. Filter the files to locate your deleted files quickly.
  3. 3. Preview the selected files, and click the Recover button.

3. Can I recover deleted files from my Mac without the software?

If you don't want to recover deleted files on Mac without software, you'd better have a Time Machine backup. If you don't have any backups, maybe you can try to check the Trash folder and iCloud backup. If you cannot find anything useful in the Trash folder and backups, you should download a data recovery tool for help.

4. What are the free methods to recover deleted files on Mac?

You have many free methods to recover deleted files on Mac:

  1. 1. Recover deleted files from Trash.
  2. 2. Recover deleted files with Undo option.
  3. 3. Recover deleted files with Time Machine backup.
  4. 4. Recover deleted files with iCloud
  5. 5. Recover deleted files on Mac with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac (You will get 2GB recovery for free.)

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