How to recover deleted files without Time Machine backup on Mac?

By Katrina | Posted to Mac Data Recovery on November 26th, 2018 |

Accidentally deleted files from macOS Catalina/Mojave/High Sierra/Sierra but don't have a Time Machine backup. Just download free Mac undelete software to recover deleted files on Mac.

Time Machine is an in-built backup application in Mac which is designed to maintain a regular backup of your data. It allows you to restore the entire Time Machine backups in macOS or just the personal files and folders to another storage device. However, for some reasons, people just forget or refuse to back up their files in Time Machine. In this case, once your data is deleted or lost, how to recover your deleted files without Time Machine backup on Mac?

Why you need to recover deleted files without Time Machine backup on Mac?

It's well known that a backup copy saves the day only when you had created it proactively before a data loss event occurred. But it is possible that you didn't set up Time Machine on your Mac, or you have backed up in Time Machine the backup external drive suddenly gets corrupted and inaccessible. It's also possible that you deleted important files accidentally on Mac. No matter what the reason is , you need to recover deleted files without Time Machine backup.

How to recover deleted files on Mac without Time Machine?

If you simply moved these files to Trash but didn't empty Trash, you can restore them by opening Trash and drag the files to your desktop or right-click and choose Put Back. If unfortunately, you have emptied the Trash or used Command+Shift+Delete, then you may need deleted files recovery tool on your Mac and iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is highly recommended.

Notice: Deleted files are recoverable only when they are not overwritten. When you deleted a file, the operating system will only erase the directory entries rather than the file itself. But the space occupied by the files has been returned to the system as available for storage. Therefore, in order to avoid overwriting your original data, please stop saving new files to this drive or doing other further operations.

Tutorial to recover deleted files with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is a free Mac data recovery utility designed to recover deleted files even emptied from Mac Trash, recover files deleted by Command + Shift + Delete, recover files deleted by rm command, recover data from formatted, unreadable, unmountable, corrupted, inaccessible drives. Moreover, it can recover documents, photos, videos, emails, music and many other types of files from hard drives, external hard drives, USB flash drives, memory cards, etc. This software supports macOS Catalina 10.15/Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/Sierra 10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Step 1: Install and launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on your Mac computer.

Step 2: Select the drive at which you have deleted files, click "Next" to search for deleted files.

Recover deleted files without Time Machine backup on Mac

Step 3: Preview files in search results, choose files you want to restore, and click "Recover" to get those deleted files back.

Step 4: Have a check to ensure all lost files have been successfully restored.


Katrina is a data recovery expert @iBoysoft who loves to help readers solve various data recovery problems.

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