Mac Undelete: Undelete Files on macOS and OS X

How to undelete files on macOS or OS X with Mac undelete software? This tutorial shows you how to undelete files on Mac with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac in detail. Besides, you can also learn how to undelete macOS using Time Machine on this page.

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"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 my macOS but failed. What can I do to get my lost file back? Is there any macOS undelete software available?"

macOS Undelete Overview

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 terrible to delete the file you didn't mean to. macOS undeleting files is not difficult as long as you do it the right way. 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 for you to recover deleted files on Mac. One is recovering deleted files by using Mac data recovery software, which can help you recover lost files because of deletion, hardware formatting, or even corruption on easily. This is the most effective and surest way. The other solution is taking Time Machine if you have created the backup before (while the vast majority of users and do not have a backup). 


Why Can You Undelete Files with macOS Undelete Software

Before we conduct the data recovery, you can start with a brief overview of how data recovery works on macOS and Mac OS X.

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 undelete tool to scan and recover the lost files. The sooner you make the data recovery after you delete your file, the better the chances of recovery will be.  

macOS Undelete or OS X Undelete with Data Recovery Software

To undelete files on Mac, you can 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

How to Recover Deleted Files on Mac with Time Machine

Time Machine is Apple's backup solution for the Mac. If you have enabled Time Machine backup, you can recover deleted data on Mac via a recent backup even you have emptied the trash bin.

Note: This way is useless if no backup created before. In the case of recovering emptied trash, refer to EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.

Step 1. Connect the disk used for Time Machine backup to your Mac and turn it on.

Step 2. You can find the specific files you want to restore using the onscreen up and down arrows to locate it. Then you can preview it by pressing Space Bar.

Step 3. Finally, click the "Restore" button, and then the deleted file will be returned to its original location.

Mac undelete with Time Machine

Keep regular backups for data protection in the first place

The best effective method to undelete files on Mac is to protect it beforehand. macOS's Time Machine enables you to create regular backup automatically. And it's quite simple to set up the backup.

Step 1. Prepare an external hard drive and connect it to your Mac.

Step 2. Navigate to "System Preferences" > "Time Machine" > select "Backup Disk". You can select your external hard drive, and turn on automatic backups.

use Time Machine to back up Mac

To Sum Up

For macOS undelete, and OS X undelete, you have two efficient solutions. You can recover deleted or even permanently deleted files on Mac with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac on any data loss scenarios. Or you can refer to the Time Machine to undelete files on Mac using the backup.

Frequently Asked Questions About Mac Undelete

If you have more questions about macOS undelete, check the following FAQs and help you out.

1. How to recover deleted files on Mac?

You can recover deleted files with EaseUS data recovery software on your Mac. As described before, when macOS or Mac OS X deletes a file, it does not remove it from its storage media completely. It simply marks the space available for use again. As long as the data is not overwritten, you can recover the original file.  

2. How to recover permanently deleted files on Mac?

To recover permanently deleted files on Mac, only three steps can work out.

Step 1. Download, install, and launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.

Step 2. Select the disk where you lost files. Click the "Scan" button to find recoverable files.

Step 3. Preview the lost file and click "Recover" to restore the data. 

3. How do I recover deleted files on my Mac for free?

EaseUS data recovery program offers you the free version to recover deleted files on Mac for Free. The only prerequisite is that the data you lost is less than 2GB.

4. How to undelete files on Mac without software?

You can undelete files on Mac without software in four ways:

  • Restore deleted files on Mac from Trash
  • Undelete files on Mac with Undo options
  • Recover deleted files in Mac Terminal
  • Undelete files Mac via Time Machine backup

5. How do I recover overwritten files on Mac?

Once files have been overwritten, there is no way to restore them. But you can try EaseUS data recovery software to scan any recoverable data. Data Protection is Important. It is much easier to protect data in advance than to recover it later. Therefore, back up your Mac data regularly in the first place.

If you don't want to use the Time Machine, you can trust a reliable Mac data backup tool, which lets you back up in full, incremental, or differential modes.

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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