How to Recover Deleted Files After Emptying Trash Bin on Mac OS X/macOS

Daisy updated on Nov 02, 2020 to Mac File Recovery | How-to Articles

If you happen to lose files after emptying Trash bin, you can use the effective solution introduced here to get emptied Trash data back on Mac 10.7 Lion, as well as the latest 10.13 High Sierra and 10.14 Mojave without any obstacles. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will help you effortlessly get back files deleted from the Trash bin on Mac, also undo empty Trash Mac.

How to Undo Empty Trash Mac (Quick Access)

It's a piece of cake to recover files from Mac emptied Trash with the help of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Mac. Its powerful recovery ability, fast recovery speed, and high compatibility make it one of the best Mac data recovery programs.

What's more, it works well on other data loss occasions:

  • Accidentally move files or folders to Trash.
  • Format a partition, HDD, SSD, memory card, USB, SD card, etc.
  • Data gets lost due to a partition loss as the partition is deleted.
  • Data disaster due to a ransomware attack, system crash, and more.

Can You Get Things Back After Emptying Trash on Mac

Trash Bin in Mac functions the same as Recycle bin in Windows computers, which is designed to provide a temporary place for holding deleted files and data. If you realize that you have deleted something important you didn't mean to, you can restore it from the Trash bin easily. 

All you need to do is: Open Mac "Trash bin" and choose deleted files or documents > right-click them and choose "Pull Back". Then you can directly get them back.

However, it's not always that simple to recover lost files if you have emptied the Trash bin. Is it possible to recover files deleted from Trash on macOS? The answer is YES. In this article, we will explain the reasons, and more importantly, we are going to show you the step-by-step guide on how to recover deleted files after emptying a Trash bin with a professional and reliable Mac data recovery software.  

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Reasons Why You Can Undo Empty Trash

When you empty Trash on Mac, you don't really delete the files. They just disappear and are not under the control of your operating system. The disk space will be marked as occupied by the deleted files. In fact, the deleted files remain physically on your Mac hard drive as long as it has not been overwritten by new files. That's why you're highly recommended to stop using your Mac if you want to undo empty Trash on Mac. What's more, you are suggested to recover deleted files from Trash after emptying as soon as possible. You have known that the files are still stored on your Mac after emptying Trash, but you cannot access them directly. To get access to the files and restore deleted Mac files, you need to use a Mac data recovery program to undelete files. The sooner you take action, the better the chances of recovery will be.

How to Recover Deleted Files from Emptied Trash on Mac

To recover files after emptying the Trash bin on Mac, you can rely on EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to get files back. It's compatible with all Mac OS X and macOS. With this versatile Mac data recovery tool, you can do Mac hard drive recovery or retrieve any data and file types with a high success rate without quality loss.

Now, follow the steps below to begin recovering files from the emptied Trash bin on Mac.

Step 1. Select the location where your important data & files were deleted and click the "Scan" button.

select the location where data was deleted and click scan

Step 2. The software will run both quick scan and deep scan and work hard to find as many deleted files as possible on the selected volume.

scan the selected disk to find deleted files on your Mac

Step 3. The scan results will be displayed in the left pane. Just select the file(s) and click the "Recover Now" button to get them back.

click recover now button to recover deleted files on your Mac

What to Do Before Emptying the Trash on Mac

Before you are going to empty your Trash on Mac or empty Recycle Bin in Windows 10//8.1/8/7, I have provided you with useful tips to avoid data loss.

Tip 1. Check the Trash. When you decide to delete all files or empty the Mac Trash, make sure that you don't have important files in the Trash. Look through the Trash before emptying.

Tip 2. Take backups regularly. Put wanted files to your Cloud drive, external hard drive or other places to protect them. 

Tip 3. Use "Command-Shift-Delete" rather than "Command-Option-Shift-Delete". The former operation would bring you a warning to remind you that you are going to empty the trash, while the latter one leads you to permanently delete Trash data without a warning.

Tip 4. Try professional Mac data recovery software. We have tested the top 5 Mac data recovery software, you can check them and use the best one.

Undo Empty Trash Mac Related Questions

Here are some related questions that you may be interested in. Read on and solve your problems easily.

Where is the trash on Mac?

Usually, it is on the desktop. If it is not there, click its icon in the Dock. A Finder window called Trash opens and displays any files it contains. To retrieve an item that is already in the Trash, drag it back out, either onto the Desktop or back into the folder where it belongs.

Where do deleted files go after emptying Trash?

Files that are moved to the Trash can when you delete them. If you empty the Trash, these files are still located in the hard drive and can be retrieved with the right software.

Can I recover emptied trash on a Mac?

Yes. It's a piece of cake to recover files from Mac emptied Trash with the help of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Mac. It only takes three steps to recover files from emptied Trash:

Step 1. Select the location and click the Scan button.

Step 2. The software will run both a quick scan and a deep scan to find lost files.

Step 3. Select the file(s) and click the Recover Now button to get them back.

How do you empty the trash on a Mac?

  • Click and hold on the Trash icon in the Dock.
  • A popup will appear that says Empty Trash. Select it. 

You can also empty the Trash from any open Finder window by holding down the Command + Shift + Delete keys.

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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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