How to Recover Files from Emptied Trash on Mac?

Updated on September 09, 2021

macOS Trash folder can holds deleted files from the computer but only for limited period. What if you have deleted files and trying to find it in trash some days later? You might think you have lost files permanently. Though files are permanently deleted from Trash, with the help of SFWare Deleted File Recovery software you can easily get back emptied Trash data on Mac.

How Trash on Mac can get emptied?

Usually, you delete files from Mac Trash folder when you want to free up the hard drive space occupied with deleted documents that reside in the Trash Bin.

Recover Deleted Files from Trash

When you lose data, first thing that enters your mind is Trash. As the deleted files or folders will be stored temporarily on trash. To recover files from Mac Trash before emptying it, all you have to do is-

Then you can directly get them back. What if the trash doesn’t have the files you wanted? or deleted files permanently? Is it possible to recover emptied trash on Mac?

Can I Recover Files from Emptied Trash on Mac?

Trash on Mac is similar to Windows Recycle Bin, it stores deleted files temporarily. When you empty Trash the files will be permanently gone. However, that is how just the user perception, but the files deleted will not be completely gone. As long the new data is being overwritten, the old files exist on the computer drives. The disk space of the deleted files will be marked for reuse. Therefore, yes, you can recover files/ folders from emptied Trash on Mac.

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files from Trash?

You can recover emptied Mac Trash files using any of the below mentioned methods.

1. Recover files from Trash using Mac Terminal

2. With an Efficient SFWare Deleted File Recovery Software

Use Mac Terminal to Recover Emptied files from Trash

The Mac terminal is the in-built program on Mac that uses Unix command line for various tasks (in Windows, the function is carried by Command Prompt). With the help of this Terminal, deleted files from trash on Mac can be recovered. The effectiveness of this method lies on data being over written.

Therefore, it is recommended not to use the computer until the data is recovered. If the deleted files are removed from Trash or the Mac trash is emptied for long time, it would be impossible to recover them using the command line.

• At first, Press CMD + spacebar together to launch Spotlight -> type Terminal.

• Next, Type cd. Trash -> then press the Return button.

• Now, Input mv H../ and hit Return. (H means the name of deleted file)

• Type Quit -> go to the Finder window.

• Enter the name of the deleted file and hit Return.

Finally, the deleted file will appear on Mac Window, select it and save it to a safe location.

As it is mentioned earlier, the chances of this method recovering deleted files from emptied Trash on Mac is not guaranteed. In such situations, you can always rely on the most recommended SFWare deleted file recovery tool.

Recover Emptied Trash files using SFWare File Recovery Software

To recover files from Mac Trash, download the SFWare Deleted File Recovery Software and install it on Mac machine. Run the tool.

1. From the Main screen, choose Recover Files -> Deleted File Recovery

2. Next screen requests to select the drive from where you need to recover files and then click on Next. Select the Volume on which Data as stored

3. Software will start scanning and recovering process, once it is completed you will be able to view files in Data View and File Type View by clicking on Preview option

4. You've recovered files successfully!! Click on Save option to save recovered files to any desired location

Features of SFWare Deleted File Recovery Application on Mac

Recover Deleted Files