Mac Trash Recovery | How to Recover Trash on Mac

Daisy updated on Feb 19, 2019 to Mac File Recovery | How-to Articles


To free up your disk space or just remove the files you do not need, you may occasionally empty the Trash on your Mac. However, it is possible that the Trash Bin contains some files you still need. If you emptied the Trash on your Mac and lost some important files, do not worry. You can successfully recover it with the powerful Mac Trash recovery tool - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

Applies To: macOS and Mac OS X (New Mojave Compatible)

"I deleted a document I no longer need on my Mac and emptied the Trash Bin. Then the very next day, I found I still needed some notes in it to finish my work. Can I recover the deleted Trash on my Mac? I have never done a similar thing before so I'm not sure about the possibility. If there is any, could you tell me what to do?"

PreviewCan You Recover Trash from Mac

After deleted the files in the Trash Bin on Mac, many users found that they have deleted some important files they need. So they might ask such questions, for example, "Can I recover the emptied Trash on Mac", "How to restore the Trash on Mac", and "How to perform Mac Trash recovery". If you are one of them, then you come to the right place.

The Trash on Mac is where files stored after being deleted from the Mac system. If you move an item to the Trash Bin, you can still get them back and use it as normal by drag it out. However, if you delete files from the Trash or empty it, you cannot recover the deleted files anymore using the same way. Luckily, with the help of the reliable Mac data recovery software, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for both macOS X and macOS, you can not only restore the Trash on your Mac in simple steps but also retrieve files (200+ file types) lost after:

  • Deleting files accidentally
  • Formatting a partition/disk/external storage device
  • Reinstalling OS


Thus, whether you need to recover lost files from a USB drive or get back data from a formatted partition, you can also use EaseUS data recovery software to restore your lost files.

SolutionHow to Recover Deleted Trash on Mac

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can restore the Trash on your Mac with a nearly 100% success rate. Now, just follow the guide below step-by-step and then you can recover the emptied Trash to retrieve your lost data.

You'd better stop using your Mac after emptying the Trash Bin and perform Mac Trash recovery as soon as possible. For example, no chatting online, no games, no music, etc.

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

Being one of the best Mac file recovery software tool, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard supports the newly released macOS 10.14 (Mojave) and new APFS file system. Besides, it's able to recover data when your Mac can't boot by creating a bootable USB, which makes it outrank other tools. With the support for over 200 file types and its powerful data recovery capability in many tough data loss situations, you can almost recover any lost data on your Mac or compatible storage devices (Windows version is also available). Don't hesitate to have a try.


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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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