How to Recover Deleted Files and Folders on Mac | Top 3 Solutions

How do you recover a deleted file on a Mac? If you have no idea, get through this article. It shows you how to restore Mac files deleted accidentally, recently or even permanently.

How do I recover a deleted folder on my Mac?

I accidentally deleted the whole family folder on my MacBook Pro. I have many precious family videos and pictures on that folder. Any reliable file recovery software to help recover deleted folder on Mac? Best regards.

Is It Possible to Recover Deleted Files on Mac?

Yes, the chances are the files and folders deleted from Mac will be recovered. For a recently deleted file or folder, you can check the Mac Trash at the beginning to restore files from Trash. Nothing you want can be found on the Trash? If you have made the backup of the folder with Time Machine, you can recover deleted folders from Time Machine. If you haven’t, you don’t have to be too worried too. Indeed, the deleted folder will be marked as inaccessible data on your Mac. So, as long as the deleted folder has not been overwritten by new data on your Mac, you can manage to restore deleted files on Mac by means of Recoverit Mac File Recovery software.

Part 1. A Complete Solution to Recover Deleted Files on Mac

Deleting files and folders by mistake can happen every day around the world. How do you recover permanently deleted files? A permanently deleted file or folder refers to the data that can't be restored back from the Trash. It will become something inaccessible and invisible on the Mac computer. To recover permanently deleted files and folders, all you need is the ultimate solution, that's the powerfule deleted files recovery software for Mac.

Recoverit - The Best Software to Recover My Files on Mac

Recoverit Data Recovery Mac is such a folder recovery program that you can use it to recover deleted folder and files in 3 steps and a few minutes.

Recoverit is a complete and ultimate solution for most of users. It supports all the data loss and deletion scenarios, including accidental deletion, permanent deletion, emptying the Trash, system crash, virus attack, hard drive formatting, etc. With the help of the data rescue program, you can easily recover at least 1000 file types from your lost Mac folder, including photos, audio files, videos, document files, archive files and more. Currently, this data recovery tool is fully compatible with Macbook Air, Macbook Pro, iMac, Mac Mini, etc.

Video: How to Restore Deleted Files on Mac

The next video tutorial will show you how to restore deleted files from emptied Mac trash. Also you can check the specific steps to recover deleted folders on Part 2.


How to Recover Deleted Folder and Files on Mac Even from Emptied Trash

How do I recover permanently deleted files?

Download and install Recoverit Mac Undelete software on your Mac computer. Please do not install the app on partition/volume that your folder is deleted from on your Mac. If you are wokring on Windows computer, you can check the guide and learn how to recover deleted folder in Windows.

Step 1 Select a Location for Deleted Files

Launch Recoverit Data Recovery Software. To restore deleted files and folders on Mac, you need select a location or hard disk where your data were deleted or lost.

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Step 2 Scan the Partition or Disk

The deleted files recovery tool will start scanning the selected partition or hard drive to search for your deleted files and folders on Mac. During the scan, you can check the scanned files.

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Step 3 Preview and Recover Deleted Folder from Mac

After the scanning, you can select deleted folders and preview some recoverable files like images, movies, music and documents. Then you just need to mark the folder or files you want to recover and click "Recover" to save them back to your Mac.

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Note: To avoid data being overwritten, please do not save the recovered folder or files back to the original partition or volume on your Mac.


Part 2. How to Recover Deleted Files on Mac Without Software

How do I recover deleted files on my Mac for free?

Besides the Mac data recovery software, we find 2 more native solutions on Mac, namely the Mac trash and Time Machine. Unlike Recoverit, they are not always workable and also time-consuming in the long run. But in some cases, they are really simple and prompt. Let's have a look at how they work and why they fail in recovering deleted files.

Solution 1. Recover Files from Trash on Mac

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The simplest way for Mac deleted files recovery must be retoring the data from Trash, if the files are deleted by dragging to the Trash, using "Delete" or pressing "Command-Delete". Otherwise, Solution 1 is not a workable and feasible way to help you retrieve your permanently deleted files. Anyhow, you have three options to recover files from trash.

  • Option 1: Open "Trash" and drag the deleted items out of trash
  • Option 2: Open "Trash", select the items you want to restore and select "File" > "Put Back"
  • Option 3: Open "Trash", choose and copy the items, paste them to a safe and different location.

Following the steps, you can get back deleted files in a minute. How easy and simple it is, right? However, if you deleted files permanently and find the way unworkable, use Time Machine or Recoverit Mac Data Recovery.


Solution 2. Restore from Time Machine Backup

Time Machine is another inbuilt program on Mac for data backup and restore. If you have regular backups of Mac files, you can always restore them from Time Machine, whatever makes your files deleted and lost.

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  • Ensure the Time Machine backup disk is connected and turned on.
  • Open the folder that stored deleted files and click the Time Machine icon.
  • Use the timeline, scroll the screen or use the search field to find the deleted files.
  • Select the files you want to restore and press "Spacebar" to make a preview of it.
  • Click "Restore" to restore files from Time Machine.

Extra Information: Where Do Deleted Files Go on Mac?

The deleted files won't disappear from your Mac permanently. They will first go to the Mac Trash or start existing on your Mac in an invisible manner. What decides the destination of deleted files and folders is the following situations.

  • Drag the unwanted items to the Trash in the Dock
  • Select the file and press "Command-Delete" to remove the file
  • Select the item in the Trash and choose "Delete Immediately"
  • Empty the Mac trash to delete files and folders permanently
  • Use "Option + Command + Delete" shortcuts to delete files forever
  • Click the "Finder" icon in the Dock and select "Empty Trash"
  • Make the prefference settings: "Remove items from the Trash after 30 days"
  • Virus-attacked or system-crashed Mac can delete your files

Oftentimes, most of us will delete a file or folder on Mac by simply clicking "Delete" or moving it to the Trash. And the deleted file or folder usually goes to the Trash. If we don't configure the prefference settings, the Trash can help us retain the data for a long time. That's why it is possible for us to restore deleted files from Mac trash.

Besides, a few of us might keep backing up important files stored on Mac on the regular basis, daily, weekly or monthly. And the backup location is usually Time Machine. Once we want to get back a deleted file or folder, Time Machine can help us do that.

Nevertheless, most of us have no the habit of taking regular data backups. If the files are erased due to the permanent deletion, virus attack or system crash, it is impossible to find the deleted files on the Mac Trash or Time Machine. The deleted files are marked as the inaccessible data. But you can resort to Recoverit Data Recovery to bring back the deleted items on Mac.


To Wrap Up

When you realized that the files or folders you want are deleted from your Mac or external device, you should first check the Trash or the Time Machine Backup, which can save you much time and effort. If the solutions don't work, turn to Recoverit Mac File Recovery immediately. It is your final resort to recover lost or deleted files on Mac. It supports Mac data recovery in all situations. Free download it now.

Note: Recover Lost Mac Data under Mac OS X 10.13 (High Sierra)

Due to macOS High Sierra (macOS 10.13) requirement, Mac users are not allowed an access to the built-in system drive from any apps. Therefore, if you need to restore lost data from the system disk under macOS 10.13, please "disable System Integrity Protection" first.

How to disable "System Integrity protection"? Please follow the steps below.

system integrity protection

Step 1Reboot the Mac and hold down "Command + R" keys simultaneously after you hear the startup chime, this will boot OS X into Recovery Mode.

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Step 2When the "OS X Utilities" screen appears, pull down the "Utilities" menu at the top of the screen instead, and choose "Terminal".

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Step 3In the "Terminal" window, type in "csrutil disable" and press "Enter" then restart your Mac.

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