How to recover files deleted from macOS Mojave Trash?

Posted by Molly to Mac Data Recovery on July 12th, 2018

The Trash on a Mac is a sort of buffer that allows you to easily "Put Back" mistakenly deleted files, or files deleted intentionally but you regretted to do so later. It could be another story however if the Trash got emptied. In this tutorial we will walk you through the reasons why deleted files can be recovered even emptied from Trash, and step-by-step guide on how to recover files deleted from Trash on macOS Mojave.

Why files deleted from Trash can be recovered?

More precisely, files deleted from Trash are recoverable on Mac as long as they haven't been overwritten. When you deleting a file, it isn't really erased. It continues existing on your hard drive, but the space it takes has been marked as available for new data. So, until being overwritten, the deleted file is recoverable even emptied from Trash.

How to recover files deleted from Trash on macOS Mojave?

After deleting files from Trash, you'd better stop any operation on the Mac to avoid unwanted data loss. Then, you can try to recover files through the two methods.

Method 1: Restore deleted files on macOS Mojave with Time Machine

Method 2: Recover files deleted from Trash with free Mac Trash data recovery software

Method 1: Restore files deleted from Trash with Time Machine

If you have been using the Time Machine Backup on macOS Mojave, congratulations, data recovery from Trash will be easier for you. Follow the steps as below.

Step 1: On the menu bar, click the Time Machine icon and select "Enter Time Machine".

Step 2: At the bottom right corner, choose a date and time you would like to roll back to. Click "go back in time".

Step 3: A list of the files stored in the computer at the specified time will be shown.

Step 4: Preview a file, select it and press the spacebar.

Step 5: Click the "Restore" button to restore it.

Method 2: Recover files from Mac Trash

If unfortunately you haven't made a backup with Time Machine, you still have a chance to recover the files deleted from Trash with free Mac data recovery software, like iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is able to recover deleted files even emptied from Trash, recover files deleted immediately from Trash, recover deleted photos, videos, documents and music files from external hard drives, USB drives, SD cards, Pen Drives and other storage devices.

Besides, it also recovers deleted APFS partitions, recovers deleted files from encrypted APFS hard drives, recovers lost data from formatted, unmountable, unreadable, inaccessible, corrupted drive on macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/10.12 and OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

How to recover files deleted from macOS Mojave Trash with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery

Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on our Mac.

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery, and choose Mac system hard drive.

Recover files deleted immediately from Trash or Finder

Step 3: Click "Next" to scan for lost files.

Step 4: Preview the results and choose files you want to recover, then click "Recover" button.

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