How to recover deleted/lost files from emptied Mac trash?

Posted by Tim to Home > Mac Data Recovery Tips on May 7th, 2015

I accidentally deleted all my music, thinking they were duplicates, then emptied my trash. I know it says it can't be undone, but is there any way to recover emptied Mac trash and get my music back?

The answer is YES.

When we emptied trash (secure emptying is not included), what we deleted is actually not the file. We just lose the access of the file from the system. The space occupied by deleted files is marked as "available to reuse", so the deleted files remain physically intact on the drive until they are overwritten by other files. The files will be only deleted when they are overwritten by new files. To prevent overwriting we need to stop using the Mac immediately if we want to recover deleted files emptied from Mac trash.

To recover emptied Mac trash files, we need a professional Mac Trash recovery program. Here we strongly recommend M3 Mac Data Recovery Free, an easy-to-use Mac Trash recovery freeware which is compatible with macOS Catalina 10.15/10.14/10.13/10.12 and Mac OSX 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8. With its friendly interface, you can recover emptied Mac trash files just with three clicks.

Tutorial to recover emptied Mac trash files with M3 Data Recovery for Mac

Step 1: Download, install and launch this Mac trash recovery freeware: M3 Data Recovery for Mac on your Mac computer.

Step 2: Select the location where you want to recover emptied Mac trash files.

Mac trash recovery freeware

Step 3: M3 Data Recovery for Mac is scanning the emptied Mac trash files.

Recover emptied Mac trash files with M3 Data Recovery for Mac

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

Recover deleted files from emptied Mac trash

Besides recovering emptied Mac trash files, M3 Data Recovery for Mac Free can also recover lost files from formatted, deleted or lost drive, etc.