How to recover deleted files on Mac or from emptied Trash?

Updated by Admin to Mac Data Recovery on April 12th, 2019

I aciedently deleted files on MacBook Pro, is there any way for me to recover deleted files on macOS 10.8?

There are several solutions you can use to recover deleted files on Mac computer.

How to recover deleted files on Mac without software?

Solution 1: Restore deleted files by operating "Undo Move"

If the last thing you did in the Finder was to delete files, you can select Edit > Undo Move (Command-Z) to return deleted files to their previous positions.

Solution 2: Restore deleted files from Mac trash

If you simply put files in the Mac trash, you can restore them by opening the Trash (left-click on the Trash icon) and drag the files from the Trash to your Desktop or other desired location.

Solution 3: Recover deleted files from Time Machine backup

If you have used the Time Machine function to create backups of your files, you may be able to restore an older version of the files that you deleted. Open the window that contained the files originally.

Solution 4: Recover deleted files with Mac Terminal

Step 1: Open Applications folder and click on Utilities folder.

Step 2: Double-click on "Terminal" to open the application.

Step 3: Type command: cd .Trash and hit the "Return" key on your Mac.

Step 4: Key in the name of the file you would like to recover using the following format "mv xxx ../" (without quotations). Replace the "xxx" part of the format with the full name of the file you deleted and now want to recover.

Step 5: Hit the "Return" key on your Mac.

Step 6: Open Finder, enter the name of the deleted file in the search bar at the top right part of the window.

Step 7: Click on the file you found in Finder and drag it onto your desktop or the location you wish to save the file.

How to recover deleted files on Mac with Mac data recovery softeare?

If you empty the Trash, the files are gone. If a program does an immediate delete rather than moving files to the Mac trash, then the files are gone. The key to recovering files using a Mac Trash recovery program is to stop using the drive immediately. When a file is deleted, it is set to be overwritten. If you stop using the drive it's possible to undelete Mac files that have not been overwritten by using free Mac undelete software, such as M3 Mac Data Recovery.

M3 Mac Data Recovery is a free data recovery software which can recover deleted files (Such as documents, photos, music, videos, emails) on macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/10.12 and Mac OSX 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Solution 1: How to recover deleted files from Macintosh HD on macOS Mojave/High Sierra?

On macOS High Sierra and later version, there is a security mechanism named "System Integrity Protection" (SIP), which prevents any application from reading startup drive. And when we want to use M3 Mac Data Recovery to scan startup disk, we need to temporarily disable SIP, otherwise M3 Mac Data Recovery will be prevented from scanning.

Step 1: Boot to Recovery OS by restarting Mac and pressing & holding down Command + R keys at startup.

Disble SIP step 1

Step 2: Launch Terminal from Utilities.

Step 3: Enter the command: csrutil disable and press Return.

Disble SIP step 2

Step 4: Restart Mac computer.

Step 5: To avoid lost data being overwritten, please download M3 Mac Data Recovery to an external drive.

In order to maximize the chance of getting lost data back, you need to stop using that drive immediately. Every time disk writes happen, they could be overwriting your lost data in startup drive, making it impossible to recover.

Step 6: Doule click the installation package of M3 Mac Data Recovery software, click M3 Mac Data Recovery software icon to directly run it, instead of dragging it to Applications folder.

Install M3 Mac Data Recovery

Step 7: Select the APFS drive where lost files and click Next to continue.

Apple APFS data recovery software

If macOS startup disk is encrypted APFS, the unlock password of encrypted APFS drive is required as below:

Enter the password to scan lost files from APFS drive with M3 Mac Data Recovery

Step 8: This APFS Data Recovery software is scanning the deleted/lost files from APFS drive.

Scan lost files from APFS drive with M3 Mac Data Recovery

Step 9: Preview, select the found data and then click Recover to save them.

Recover lost files from APFS drive with M3 Mac Data Recovery

Solution 2: How to recover deleted files from Macintosh HD on macOS Sierra/Mac OS X?

Step 1: Download and install M3 Mac Data Recovery on your Mac computer and launch it.

Step 2: Select the drive where you want to recover deleted files.

Mac data recovery software

Step 3: M3 Mac Data Recovery is scanning the deleted files on Mac.

Recover deleted files on macOS - M3 Mac Data Recovery Free

Step 4: Select the deleted files you want to recover and then click Recover to save them.

Recover deleted files on Mac

Solution 3: How to recover deleted files from USB drive, SD card, etc. on macOS/Mac OS X?

Step 1: Please don't write any new data to this USB drive, SD card, etc. after you find some files were deleted/lost.

Step 2: Insert USB drive, SD card, etc. into your Mac computer.

Step 3: Download and install M3 Mac Data Recovery on your Mac computer and launch it.

Step 4: Select USB drive, SD card, etc. and click Next to scan deleted files.

Step 5: After deleted files are found, please click Recover to save them to another drive. If the deleted files are not found, please try deep scan.

Besides to recover deleted files on Mac, M3 Mac Data Recovery can also recover data from formatted drive, unreadable drive, unmounted drive, deleted/lost APFS partition, etc.