How to Recover Accidentally Deleted Files on Mac?

Updated on April 14, 2020

Files on Mac can be deleted in several ways. And the most frequent ones that the Mac users uses to delete the files and folders on Mac are listed below:

If you had accidentally deleted a file with help of “Delete” key, it can be recovered or restored from the Trash folder, if it not been emptied or the files are not deleted from the Trash. But the problem arises, when you have deleted the files by using “Command + delete” keys, as the deleted files are not moved to the Trash. Other circumstances where you lose file after accidental deletion are by emptying the Trash and if you have deleted the file from a removable storage drive then the file will not get stored in the Trash.

Are the files permanently deleted from Mac Machine?

No, the files are not permanently deleted / lost from the Mac hard drive when deleted using any of the above mentioned options. Whether a file is deleted using “Delete” key, “Command + delete” keys, by emptying Trash or from removable storage drives, the file is still present in it's original location, but is made invisible for the user, and can be easily recovered. When you delete a file, only its entry is deleted from the directory, indicating the system that there is a free space available. Hence, the file can be recovered if not overwritten by any new data.

Is it possible to recover files after accidental deletion on Mac?

Yes, it is definitely possible to recover / retrieve a deleted file, even if you have removed it from the Trash. Yodot Mac File Recovery software makes recovery of deleted files possible.

Yodot Mac File Recovery tool is the best way to recover deleted files, as it is robust software. It creates a completely new file after recovering data and does not writes a single bit to the original file. Moreover you can also recover files deleted from removable media.

NOTE: Immediately stop using the Mac drive from where file/files are deleted. This is to avoid overwriting of the files. If the memory space on Mac hard drive that was occupied by the files that were just deleted, are replaced with new files, then you can't recover the deleted files.

How to Recover Accidentally Deleted Files on Mac with Yodot?


Follow some of the precautionary measures to avoid data loss due to accidental deletion of files

  • Always backup your important files regularly
  • Before deleting a file, make sure that it won’t be of use in the future
  • Before emptying Trash, cross check for any important file in it before attempting mac trash recovery
  • Make important files as read-only
  • In memory cards, make use of “write protect” switch to avoid accidental deletion or alteration

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