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How to Undelete Files on macOS and Mac OS X

Updated on Feb 21, 2019 by Daisy to Mac File Recovery


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