How to Restore Deleted Files after Emptying Trash???

Updated on April 27, 2020

Accientally deleted files from mac Trash can be easily recovered now with the assistance of Remo Mac Data Recovery software. Just download the free demo edition and run it, which scans and restores over 300 types of files in few easy steps. Once recovering, it allows you to preview the recovered files in the demo version itself. Try now!!!


Mac users are familiar with the macOS Trash Bin folder. it is a specialized folder that is designed to temporarily hold recently deleted files on Mac. If you have accidentally deleted few important files while cleaning unwanted stuffs on your Mac and emptied the Trash folder after deletion of files, then this post would be very handy in recovering files deleted after emptying Trash Bin on Mac. To know how to, continie reading..!

What happens when files are deleted from the Trash Bin folder?

Actually when you delete files from Trash, only file entries in file allocation table will removed. Therefore, files will be intact with hard drive and can be restored by employing any Mac data recovery tool. And you should stop using Mac system to prevent overwriting of deleted files. Once your deleted data is overwritten by new files then it cannot be recovered. Let us discuss other circumstances where data gets deleted from Trash Bin are:

  • Enabling “Auto Trash” option on Mac system empties data from Trash Can on every system restart.
  • “Command + Shift + Delete” key combinations (keyboard shortcut) will directly empty contents of Trash Bin.

Recover Mistakenly Emptied Trash using Remo Recover: -

Remo Recover assist you on how to get back Trash you emptied on Mac accidentally. Its highly advanced data recovery algorithms scan entire drive in just couple of minutes to restore them back. This utility runs successfully on various Mac OS based machines like MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, iMac, etc. It supports to revive data like documents, videos, audios, etc. that are emptied from Trash. This software is highly compatible with all major versions of Mac operating systems like macOS High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion.


Steps to Recover Files after Emptying the Trash Folder: -

Step1: Install and run Remo Recover software on Mac system and select suitable option from main screen.

Emptied Trash By Mistake - Main Screen

Figure 1: Main Screen

Step2: Then select the drive (usually volume in which OS is installed) and click “Next” button to begin scanning process.

Restore Mistakenly Emptied Trash - Select Volume

Figure 2: Select Volume

Step3: Once scanning process gets over you can view list of files recovered in two different views which are “File Type View” and “Data View”.

How to Recover Trash Emptied By Mistake - Recovered Data

Figure 3: Recovered Data

Step4: Finally make use of “Save Recovery Session” option to avoid rescanning of drive in future and save recovered files to any desired location.

Retrieve Trash Emptied By Mistake - Save Recovery Session

Figure 4: Save Recovery Session

Key features of Remo Recover: -

  • The tool comes in free demo edition that recovers deleted files from emptued Trash folder, and offers a free preview of the recovered files in Mac finder styled interface that too prior activating the complete edition of the software
  • An advanced option "Save Recovery Session" enables you to save the entire recovery process. So that you can quit the recovery process any time you want and later you can continue the recovery process from where you left without re-scanning the drive again. To Resume the recovery session later, there is an option called "Open Recovery Session"
  • Supports to recover data from FAT16, FAT32, HFS and HFS+ file system based volumes.
  • Facilitates an option to create disk images of bad sectors present in hard drive and later retrieves data from disk images.
  • It has the ability to restore files from hard drives (SATA / SCSI / IDE), Flash memory cards (XD / SD / MMC), USB drives, etc.

Precautionary Measures: -

  • Maintain regular back up of important files.
  • Check the contents of Trash Bin thoroughly before emptying to avoid loss of data.