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  1. #1
    Recover emptied trash
    So I deleted 2 important files by mistake and then emptied the trash.. Is there any way to recover them for free? I tried 3 different data recovery softwares and they found the files but wanted me to pay 80-90 dollars to recover them and Im not willing to pay that much just for 2 files. Has anyone been in that situation and what did you do?

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    A warm welcome to Mac-Forums, Mihaela, and thank you for posting.

    To be perfectly honest and frank, the cost is well within professional fees for such a service.

    If you were to go to an independent professional lab for data recovery, the cost could be anything up to 10 times that amount.

    In many ways, you are fortunate that you got these files back. It is a credit to you that you immediately recognised your mistake rather than waiting days or longer, by which time they could have been overwritten.

    You asked for an opinion. Maybe mine is not what you were hoping for. At the end of the day, how important are the Files? Your call.

    BTW, which Data Recovery "apps" did you use? No need to say if you'd rather not. But most of the respected ones charge on a "pay if we find the data" basis. Some charge up front, success or not.

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    Important files should be backed up, using at least 2 methods. If you get them back, make sure to do that.

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    There are five "free" file recovery apps for the Mac listed here:
    Top 5 Best Data Recovery Software for Mac (October 2019)

    I have not tried any, no need for one yet, but maybe one will work for less (or no) money.

    All I would recommend until you have recovered the deleted files, is to not use the Mac where you want to recover the files for anything at all!
    Using that Mac could overwrite the files you want to recover which then makes recovery impossible or much, much more expensive.

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    All I would recommend until you have recovered the deleted files, is to not use the Mac where you want to recover the files for anything at all!
    Excellent advice krs!!!

    But I just thought I should add, and I didn't see it mentioned, if the Mac that Mihaela is using is using an SSD (solid state drive) as opposed to an HDD or spinner, there will be no chance in hell of recovering the files.


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    What Patrick is saying is that if an SSD is using TRIM, recovery is not possible without using special recovery techniques.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    What Patrick is saying is that if an SSD is using TRIM, recovery is not possible without using special recovery techniques.

    Good point and catch Charlie, but I believe that TRIM is enabled if one's Mac comes with an SSD, and TRIM will already be enabled, but not so
    will it automatically enable the TRIM command for a self-installed SSD, ie after-market.

    BTW: Which Mac OS version had the "Put Away" or "Put Back" option as a recovery attempt after a delete but I don't think it worked if the Trash has been emptied. It doesn't seem very obvious here then maybe it was way before Mavericks time.


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    Good point and catch Charlie, but I believe that TRIM is enabled if one's Mac comes with an SSD, and TRIM will already be enabled, but not so
    will it automatically enable the TRIM command for a self-installed SSD, ie after-market.
    Yes, that is correct. All Apple installed SSDs have TRIM enabled by default.

    Also, it should be noted that the TRIM command does not work for external SSDs with the one exception for those which are Thunderbolt connected.

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    Also, it should be noted that the TRIM command does not work for external SSDs with the one exception for those which are Thunderbolt connected.

    Interesting, and I didn't reasize that.

    So many variables to know and try to remember.



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    I have just learned something new, about SSDs, thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mihaela View Post
    So I deleted 2 important files by mistake and then emptied the trash.. Is there any way to recover them for free?
    If you don't mind using the Terminal/command line in the Macintosh OS, there are a couple of free UNIX utilities that are highly respected and which may work.

    Photorec
    PhotoRec - Digital Picture and File Recovery
    can recover deleted .jpg & .mov files. It's also capable of recovering some other types of deleted files

    testdisk
    TestDisk - Partition Recovery and File Undelete
    can undelete files, as well as recover entire drives
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy B. Singer View Post
    If you don't mind using the Terminal/command line in the Macintosh OS, there are a couple of free UNIX utilities that are highly respected and which may work.

    Photorec
    PhotoRec - Digital Picture and File Recovery
    can recover deleted .jpg & .mov files. It's also capable of recovering some other types of deleted files

    testdisk
    TestDisk - Partition Recovery and File Undelete
    can undelete files, as well as recover entire drives
    Those are a great find, but they don't (yet?) work on APFS formatted drives.
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    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    This is all great information about SSD's and TRIM and the fact that one can't recover deleted files from an SSD, at least not relatively easily, but how does that help the OP?
    The original post was
    So I deleted 2 important files by mistake and then emptied the trash.. Is there any way to recover them for free? I tried 3 different data recovery softwares and they found the files but wanted me to pay 80-90 dollars to recover them and I’m not willing to pay that much just for 2 files. Has anyone been in that situation and what did you do?
    Since recovery software did actually recover the files, would that not suggest that the drive is a spinner drive, not an SSD?

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    If I might make two minor points:

    1. We've not heard any more from the OP.

    2. For "80-90 dollars" he/she could have got back both deleted Files. (post #1). The OP thought this was exorbitant. See my reply (post #2)

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    Quote Originally Posted by IWT View Post
    We've not heard any more from the OP.
    Seems to happen a lot with new members.
    However, when I first posted here, I was surprised how responsive many other members were - I wasn't used that from other forums.
    Now I'm all set up with email notifications - that works most of the time.

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