3 Ways to Recover Deleted Files on Mac Without/With Software

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Mac Data Recovery

Want to recover deleted files on Mac, but don’t know how? Whether you deleted files intentionally or unintentionally, there are still chances for you to look for and recover the deleted files. The sooner the better. All deleted files on Mac are put into the trash can, from where you can restore. If you have emptied the trash can, you can recover the deleted files from Time Machine backup files. If you haven’t had the deleted files backed up yet, you can try the third way, recover deleted files on Mac with software. Check out the details below:

Part 1. How to Restore Deleted Files on Mac from Trash Can

Part 2. How to Retrieve Deleted Files on Mac by Restoring from Time Machine Backup

Part 3. How to Recover Deleted Files on Mac with Mac Deleted File Recovery Software

Part 1. How to Restore Deleted Files on Mac from Trash Can

Whether you deleted the files you want to recover by dragging them to trash can or right-click on the files and click “Delete”, all the deleted files are put into the trash can. If you haven’t emptied the trash can yet, and deleted the files recently, then you can restore them. Move the mouse over the icon of the trash can in Finder, and you can see the deleted files are listed there. When find the target files, drag them to the desktop, or right-click on them and select "put back".

Restore Deleted Files on Mac from Trash

Please note that you have only 30 days to restore deleted files from the day you deleted them. After then, the deleted files will be deleted by Mac automatically and permanently.

Part 2. How to Retrieve Deleted Files on Mac by Restoring from Time Machine Backup

Some people like to empty the trash can after they deleted files on Mac which of course will result in the permanently deletion. Luckily, you can still recover the deleted files by restoring the Time Machine Backup files.

Retrieve Deleted Files on Mac by Restoring from Time Machine Backup

If the target files are in different folders, then you need to recover the deleted files by repeating the up mentioned process.

Part 3. How to Recover Deleted Files on Mac with Mac Deleted File Recovery Software

I mentioned 2 ways to recover deleted files on Mac without software above. If you can use the 2 ways to recover the target files, it is great. However, some people are not that lucky, they have to recover deleted files on Mac with software, like iBeesoft Data Recovery for Mac. Only with the help of the software, you can see and save the target files on Mac.

iBeesoft Data Recovery for Mac is a professional data recovery tool specially developed for Mac users to recover deleted photos, documents, emails, and other files on Mac. It works on almost all data lose scenarios: data lost due to accidental or intentional deletion, virus attack, macOS corruption, and so on. Check out the steps for how to recover deleted files on Mac via iBeesoft Data Recovery for Mac.

Step 1. Install iBeesoft Data Recovery for Mac

Download iBeesoft Data Recovery for Mac on your computer. It is virus free, so you can install it without worrying about the security issue. It is fully compatible with the latest macOS 10.13, High Sierra, and former versions.

Step 2. Select files to scan

Launch iBeesoft Data Recovery. From the main window, you can see all supported file types are selected. Please uncheck the unwanted ones. It will saves you time for scanning Mac for the target files. If you don’t want to uncheck them, please be patient for the scanning process. The time it takes depends on how many files it scans. Click "Start" to begin.

Mac Deleted File Recovery Software

Step 3. Select hard drive to scan

In the next window, all partition on your Mac is displayed in there. You need to select the partition where the target files used to exist and click the "Scan" button.

Select hard drive to scan deleted files

Step 4. Recover deleted files on Mac

After the scanning process, you can see all found files are displayed in the main window. From there, you need to click the file category in the left side, then preview the files on the right side. After then, find the target one(s) and click "Recover" to save them back to your Mac.

Recover deleted files on Mac

If you want to recover deleted files from Windows, please click this link.

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