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

Daisy updated on Feb 22, 2019 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 trash bin on Mac, also undo empty trash Mac.

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 is to: 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 trash bin with a professional and reliable Mac data recovery software.  

recover deleted files from trash bin

If you have emptied the trash bin, and can't get the files back directly, you'd better stop storing new data in case the newly written data overwrites previously deleted data. Then, 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 trash bin on Mac, you can rely on EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to get files back. It's compatible with all the 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 following guides to begin recovering files from the emptied trash bin on Mac. Only three simple steps will do the job.

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


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Frequently Asked Questions

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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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