How to Regain Deleted Text Files on Mac?

“Hello guys, yesterday I have accidentally erased text files from my Mac and couldn’t restore them back as Auto-empty Trash was enabled. Those text files include important information so can anyone suggest me about safe recovery of deleted text files on Mac computer. Please help thanks in advance.”

Text files are the most used file formats on all computer platforms to hold useful information. Just like all other file types, TXT file / Text Document allow users to save and edit text content with easy options. These .txt files are opened using Notepad application. Though TXT files are not used much by Mac users there are instances wherein one might lose crucial Text documents on Mac OS X due to unfortunate deletion process. Possible scenarios that render deletion of text files on Mac are mentioned below:

  • Emptying Trash on a Mac computer without checking the files saved in it can result in removal of accidentally deleted text files
  • Erasing TXT files along with unwanted files from Mac Terminal will remove those files without sending them to Trash
  • Deletion of Text files by unreliable anti-virus tool on Mac
  • Accidental pressing of ‘Command+shift+option+delete’ key combination will empty Trash without giving any warning

In all these ways, Mac users may delete text files unintentionally and become a victim of data loss. But sometimes, Time Machine might be handy in restoring such deleted text files on Mac if it is enabled. Else the only method to recover deleted text files on Mac is to employ good file retrieval program.

Recovery of deleted Text Documents on Mac:

Yodot Mac File Recovery is the excellent utility to bring back erased .txt files and other files from Mac computer. Along with text documents, this software effectively works in recovering Word file on Mac, PowerPoint presentations, Excel sheets, PDFs, archive files, program files and all other types of files from all storage drives on Mac OS X system. It can even retrieve lost or missing files from Mac computer hard drives and removable storage drives formatted with FAT32, FAT16, HFS, HFS+ and HFSX file systems. Users can employ this tool to get back files on any Macintosh computer operating with Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks OS X versions. It is also capable to regain erased and lost files from external storage devices like removable hard drive, USB drive, SSD, FireWire drive and so on.

Simple steps to restore deleted text documents on Mac:

  • Download the software on your Mac computer from where text files are deleted
  • Install and launch the utility with the help of given guidelines
  • In main screen, click on Deleted File Recovery option as you want to rescue erased text files
  • After clicking next, select the volume / drive from where files are erased and click proceed
  • Software quickly performs complete scan of selected volume and displays a list of restorable files
  • Choose required files, preview the details of the files and save them to desired destination location on system drive

Key Points to Consider:

  • Never erase any file from Mac Terminal if you are not sure about the importance of that file
  • Disable Auto-empty Trash unless it is very required
  • Backup necessary files from Mac drive to other external storage devices to avoid data disasters

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