How to Undelete Files on macOS and Mac OS X

Daisy updated on Feb 21, 2019 to Mac File Recovery | How-to Articles


It is very frustrating when you accidentally delete a file you actually don't want to remove. Or what's worse, you can not find the deleted files from the trash bin. When this kind of problem happens, you can rely on EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac software to recover deleted files on macOS or Mac OS X without effort.

"I recently deleted an important Word document on my Mac computer by mistake and emptied it from the recycle bin. I tried to find a way to undelete files on Mac but failed. What can I do to get my lost file back?"

Why You Can Undelete Files on Mac

It's a usual thing we experience the permanent data loss due to careless operation. You may delete the files on Mac by "Command + Del" key, "del" key, and empty the trash without backup. It's bad to delete the file you didn’t mean to. However, the good thing is that you can recover the deleted files on Mac with the help of a professional Mac data recovery software. Before we conduct the data recovery, you can read the next paragraph to understand its principle, which can give you better guidance.

undelete files on macos

Whenever you delete files, you only remove the entry and not the files themselves. So the thing is that your operating system doesn't completely erase files right after they were deleted. In reality, the space freed is marked as available, but the files are still there somewhere. Ideally, you should stop using the hard drive, then apply a Mac data recovery program to scan and recover the lost files. The sooner you do the data recovery after you delete your file, the better the chances of recovery will be.

How to Undelete Files on macOS or Mac OS X with Ease

The first step to undelete files on Mac is checking if the files are gone permanently. If they are still in the trash and haven't been emptied, you can open the trash bin and drag out the files onto the Desktop. If the files aren't in the trash bin, two ways are feasible to you. One is recovering deleted files from Time Machine if you have created the backup before (while the vast majority of users and do not have a backup); and the other, also the surest way is to use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac - an ultimate and user-friendly Mac file undelete software that can help you recover lost files because of deletion, hardware formatting or even corruption on easily.

You can easily get back almost all file types from your lost Mac folder, including recovering deleted pictures, audio files, videos, document files, archive files and more. Currently, this data recovery tool is seamlessly compatible with all the macOS and Mac OS X versions.

Now, you can read on and learn to undelete files on macOS with only three steps.

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 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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