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Is there any data recovery way for emptied trash on Mac with and without purchasing software?

I accidentally deleted some files and emptied the trash on my MacBook Pro running macOS High Sierra v 10.13.6. I have searched online and found several options for software that claims to enable me to recover the files. Is there a way to recover the files without purchasing software, and if I must purchase software, is there a recommended program for this purpose? Thank you!

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iBoysoft author Ciki Liu

Ciki Liu

Answered on Wednesday, May 31, 2023


Do you have a Time Machine backup? If you have a backup copy, you can restore your files from an emptied Trash on your Mac without purchasing data recovery software. However, if you don't, the only way to recover an emptied Mac Trash is by using professional Mac data recovery software such as iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac.

How to recover files from emptied Mac Trash with Time Machine:

Step 1. Connect the Time Machine backup drive to your Mac, and if prompted, enter the password.

Step 2. Open the Trash folder containing the deleted data on your Mac.

Step 3. Click the Time Machine icon in the Menu Bar to launch this program.

Step 4. To navigate to local backups and snapshots, use the arrows and timeline.

Step 5. Locate the item you wish to restore and select desired files from the Trash, and then click Restore to return it to the original folder.

In this case, you can recover data from emptied Trash on Mac.

How to recover files from emptied Mac Trash with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac:

Among all Mac data recovery software, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is one reliable and powerful tool you can trust. It comes with a free trial that enables you to recover data up to 1 GB. Hopefully, that's enough in your case.

Step 1. Download iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac for free. Remember to enable Full Disk Access and allow system extensions during the initial installation. Then launch it.

Step 2. Under Data Recovery, choose Storage Device and select your Macintosh volume which contains your Trash data, then click Search for Lost Data to begin the scan.

Step 3. Filter found files using Type and Path categories, and then preview files that can be recovered. Click the Recover button after selecting desired files. The restored files should be saved in a different location instead of their original place.

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