By clicking “Empty Trash”, you may take it for granted that those files you erased disappeared completely. But the truth is that you didn’t really remove those files from your Mac, you just erased the hard drive’s directory entries for them instead. In other words, the deleted files are still intact on your Mac as long as long as the space those files used to occupy was not overwritten by new files. If you want to retrieve the deleted files from the Trash - stop using your Mac right away.
To retrieve deleted files from Trash, you need a recovery tool – Data Recovery for Mac. This is a powerful software that allows you to restore formatted or deleted files from both hard drive and other portable storage devices. Hence, it is highly recommended that you try the software to recover your lost data from Mac Trash.
Now free download the Mac data recovery software and follow the tutorial below.
Tutorial: How to retrieve deleted files from Mac Trash?
Install and Choose Lost File Recovery mode
First install the program. Then choose the lost file recovery mode to scan. "Lost File Recovery" can get the files back from a partition or removable media. It costs you a less time to scan and restore deleted files from Mac Trash. If some deleted files cannot be displayed in this mode, you should try "Raw Recovery" mode, which can scan deeper of your hard drive and find out the files deleted long time ago, but it takes more time.
Scan the location of Trash in Mac
If there are more than one drives, Choose the logical drive, which you deleted your files from. Then hit on "Scan" to look for the deleted files.
Preview and restore files from Mac Trash
When it finishes scanning, the deleted files are shown in the window, although they are deleted from hard drive or Trash, etc. And the files you emptied from Trash are in the "Trash" folder. You can search them with the file's name on the top.
After scanning, you can preview the file to check the files. You can preview common image formats, documents and archives directly.
If you just need to recover a few files, you can "Pause" or "Stop" the scan when you have found the files you want or you have to leave for a while during scanning. If you pause it, you can go on at any time when you are available. And If you stop it, you don't need to drop the current scanning result, and you can save it on your PC for next time by resuming it, which can save you time. Step 4.
Save the recovered files on another partition
After previewing the file, click on "Recover" to restore them.
Remember not to save the recovered files on the disk where you lost them, or you will overwrite them. If you cannot find the files, the deleted files will be overwritten for your new files' storage.
Before "Empty Trash", please check the Trash Bin carefully. If you find something valuable, you can highlight the ones that got mistakenly sent there and drag them out of Trash Bin to avoid this data loss headache.
What's more about Data Recovery for Mac
Data Recovery for Mac is an easy-to-use and trustworthy data recovery software for Mac users. It can safely and completely recover unlimited types of data including deleted photos, video, documents, email and archive files from any Mac-based hard drive or external hard drive, iPod, USB drive, SD card, digital camera, mobile phone, and MP3/MP4 player. In addition, it is a read-only and risk-free Mac data recovery program. No operations will overwrite your original data. Anyway, free download it and give it a shot!