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#1 iampermanent


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Posted 03 May 2017 - 10:09 AM

My friend accidentally deleted her trash without realizing she had assignments she had yet to submit in it. 



Specs: Version 10.12.2 Macbook Air 13 inch MacOS Sierra


please help!!!! 

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#2 smax013


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Posted 03 May 2017 - 08:19 PM

Potentially, yes.

The first thing is that your friends should not save anything else to the computer (or realistically use the computer) until you have tried to recover the files. When you delete something typically, it actually stays there until it is overwritten by saving something else to that spot on the disk. So, the more the computer is used, the more likely the erased data that you want to try to recover is lost forever.

Next would be to try a data recovery program. The only one that I am directly familiar with is Data Rescue by Prosoft, which is NOT free. You can down load the "trial" and have it scan for the erased files and it will tell you if what it believes it can recover. To actually recover them, you would then need to purchase the program.

There are free options out there as well. Since I have not used or directly aware of any free programs, I cannot really offer any suggestions. The closest I might offer that is free is to look at EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac. I have no experience with it nor with any other program from the company, but I have seen many regular users from these forums recommend their backup software.

#3 EllaShan


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Posted 21 May 2017 - 10:18 AM



Is your Mac set up with time machine? If yes, then you should be able to get the deleted files back that way.

If you don’t have a time machine backup yet, then your best option would probably be a recovery software for Mac. If new data files have not yet been written over that space, the old data is still there and may be recoverable


Hope you find this useful..

#4 Johanna L. Sanders

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 04:40 AM

If you empty the Trash the files are gone. 

If a program does an immediate deletion rather than moving files to the Trash, 

then the files are gone. 

Data recovery is possible but you cannot process any additional writing operation 

to the hard drive but just shut your computer down. Actually when we delete files, 

the files themselves are not really erased-only the directory entries aredeleted. The space which was occupied by the “

deleted files” has been returned to the system as available for storage, 

but in fact that the “deleted files” are still on the drive. But if you write 

any data into the drive will overwrite the space of the "deleted files" and 

these files will be lost permanently. Also if you save a file into the hard drive 

with the same name of one file which has already put into the drive, the old 

one will be overwritten by the new one and cannot be 


Here is a list of best data recovery softwares that I have found:

1. uFlysoft  
2. Recuva
3. Disk Drill
4. Glary Undelete
5. Panda Recovery
6. SoftPerfect File Recovery
7. EaseUs Data Recovery Software  

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 06:00 AM

tech tool pro can recover deleted files. but by installing it you could overwrite the files you're trying to recover. you could perhaps install it on another external disk and run it from there?



#6 Jobby_Issac


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Posted 12 April 2018 - 02:46 AM


If it is setup with Time Machine, you can recover without using any recovery software. If not, you will have to use a recovery software and unfortunately there is no good free recovery software for Mac. You get trial versions which can only scan the disk. To save those files you need purchase it. So the only option is to purchase it, only if it shows the required data after scanning. Some of the good Mac data recovery software that i can recommend are: 



Hope this would help!

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