How to Recover Deleted Folders from Emptied Trash on Mac

I think I accidentally permanently deleted a folder that I need, and I have no idea how to get it back. Could you please give me step-by-step instructions? I lost approximately 100G in a deleted folder; why is it not in the trash? Is there any way to restore it?

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Dany· Answered on Jul 20, 2023

On a Mac, it is challenging to manually recover lost folders on Mac if you unintentionally empty the Trash. You can restore permanently deleted folders that are not overwritten by using a third-party recovery application. A reputable recovery application is EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac. By clicking the following button, you may get this eco-friendly and secure recovery program and install it:

You can follow our leads to recover permanently deleted folders on Mac:

Step 1. Select a hard drive, external drive, or SSD where you lost the folder and start scanning by clicking "Scan".

Step 2. Check the scanned results until you find the files you need and filter wanted files through the "Type" and "Path" options.

Step 3. Preview and Recover lost data by clicking "Recover" and storing them securely.

If you had your folders and files backed up, you can recover deleted folders on Mac from the Time Machine Backup.

Perhaps you are familiar with using Time Machine for backups but are not familiar with using it for restores. To understand how to recover files from Time Machine Backup, see the tutorial below:

Step 1. Make sure your Mac is linked to the USB or external hard drive if you back up to one.

Step 2. Utilize macOS Spotlight to launch Time Machine.

Step 3. Your backup is tagged with the precise time and you can filter the backup on the right side.

Step 4. Click "Restore" to recover deleted folders on Mac after choosing the folders or files you wish to recover.

It is more convenient for many sophisticated users to restore deleted folders using Terminal on Mac. First, open the Terminal using the Mac Spotlight.

  • Type cd.Trash into the search bar and press Return to open the Mac Trash folder.
  • Enter the command ls -al ~/.Trash folder.
  • To recover a deleted folder on a Mac, type the command mv folder ../.
  • Replace "folder" with the name of your intended folder.

Use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover deleted or lost files easily and quickly.

Tutorials on how to recover lost, deleted, or formatted data from HDD, SSD, USB, SD card, or other storage media on Windows and Mac.

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