We have all experienced that dreaded feeling when we delete some files that we didn’t mean to. Whether due to oversight, due to third party cleaning tools, files lost during cut and paste or whatever maybe the case, these things do happen in real life. If the files are very important, you may be looking for options to recover your files.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through 4 simple methods to recover deleted files on your Mac.
Solution 1: Trash can
This is the of course the most obvious and first place most of us think of before looking into other recovery options. To check for deleted files in the Trash, open the Trash icon in the dock. In the Finder window, carefully go through all the files. If you find the files you’re looking for, select them and drag it back to the desktop. However, if you don’t find it in the Trash, proceed with the next step.
Solution 2: Show hidden files
Making hidden files and folders ‘visible’ will show all hidden files on your computer including the ones in the Trash folder. By doing so, the files you couldn’t find in the Trash (in Solution 1) may become visible.
To show hidden files,
- Click on Applications > Utilities
- Then select Terminal; in the window that opens, type the following command
‘defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles true’ and click Enter
- Then type ‘killall Finder’ and click Enter
Once you have executed the above commands, open Finder and click on ‘.Trashes’ folder. Now check if you can find your deleted files. If you find them here, you’re good. If not, move on to the next step.
Solution 3: Recover from Time Machine backup
This is applicable if you have Time Machine set up on your Mac. If you do, then follow the simple steps to restore files from Time Machine backup.
- In the menu bar, click on Time Machine icon and select Enter Time Machine
- Click on the up arrow beside the Finder window to go back to a specific time and look for deleted files.
- Once you have located the appropriate backup, browse for the required files using the Finder
- Use the ‘spacebar’ key to preview the file and if this is the file you’re looking for, click Restore. After you do this, the file will be restored to the Finder.
Time machine backups in regular intervals of time. If in case, the files were deleted very recently and the automatic backup has been completed then, you may not find your deleted files. This is because, the files were deleted after the backup was taken.
Solution 4: Remo Recover – A complete data recovery tool
If none of the above solutions help you recover deleted files, you will need to make use of professional data recovery services such as Remo Recover. This software scans your entire drive and recovers deleted files by identifying the deleted tag on those files.
NOTE: Apple has a unique file called journal file that logs in details of all the files created on your Mac. The file that was deleted recently also needs to be entered in the journal file, this ensures hassle-free recovery of all recently deleted files from Mac computers. In case if the entry is not found in journal file, then chances of recovery is quite less.
Mac OS X 10.5 – Leopard
Mac OS X 10.6 – Snow Leopard
Some good points about tool:
- Supports recovery of various types / formats of files – Word documents, Excel files, PPST files, photos and many more
- Compatible with all popular Windows & Mac file systems – FAT16, FAT32, ExFAT, HFS, HFSX drives.
- Works well on all versions of Mac OS starting from OS 10.5 (Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Yosemite, Mavericks, El Capitan, Sierra and High Sierra)
- Also available for Windows OS with support for the latest Windows 10.
Steps to recover deleted files using Remo Recover
The theory of data recovery may sound jargony and technical, but don’t let it fear you. Just use the steps below as a guide to recover deleted files easily.
- Download and install Remo Recover on your Mac system
- Launch the software and click on Recover Files
- In the next step, you will find 2 sections: Recover Deleted Files and Recover Lost Files. Select Recover Deleted files
- Then select the drive on which files were deleted and allow the software to scan the drive for deleted files
- After the scan is complete, all the found files are listed. Preview them if necessary and select the files to recover
- Then save them to a preferred location of choice
As a general rule of thumb, always make sure you have a habit of backing up data regularly to avoid stressful data loss situations.
If you are a Mac user, you have all the more reason to backup data with the wonderful Time Machine feature. All you have to do is set up Time Machine once and the system will take care of regularly backing up data on your behalf.
Customer Evangelist @remosoftware. Trying to perfect the art of writing while running a business. Fan of exceptional customer service.