Can items deleted from “Trash” be recovered?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Monaj, May 24, 2010.

  1. Monaj macrumors regular

    May 24, 2009
    Hi all,

    In mac we have option to delete items securely from trash, while deleting it warns that: once deleted items will not be recovered.

    I want to know that is there any way by which items deleted "normally, (not securely)" from "Trash" can be recovered?


  2. Kristenn macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2009
    It's possible at least 60% of the time. With data recovery programs (Data Rescue 3 is the best). It's not as easy as DOS commands on Windows.

    Kind of like that video on Youtube.

    You idiot! You own a Macintosh! The file is f***ing gone!

    It can be recovered though. But I won't lie, sometimes they might be corrupt.
  3. robrobin10 macrumors member

    May 13, 2010
    Miami, Florida
    yeah hi manoj .........the answer is as follows:

    Substantially, no.

    The disk blocks might still contain most of the original data, but there isn't a way to access them short of going direct to the raw disk device. Further, there is no reliable way to decide which blocks were part of the original file. They are on the free list and will be reused when convenient to the file system.
  4. Patrick J macrumors 65816

    Patrick J

    Mar 12, 2009
    Oporto, Portugal
  5. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    If you put something in the trash, and the Sanitation Department comes to pick it up, they take it to a landfill. You can go there and sift through the piles of garbage until you find it, but you're better off not putting it in the Trash in the first place, until you're 100% sure you don't want it anymore.

    But, you say, isn't this different? ... No, not much.
  6. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000


    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    Except its worse, if they dumped it in a landfill, you could at least in theory retrieve it all and perhaps glue together stuff that got broken. A more complete analogy would be, sometimes stuff in the landfill gets incinerated (eg overwritten completely by something else) , so that stuff, you'd never get back.

    The answer to retrieving stuff from the trash is, get it from a backup you took earlier,when it wasn't in the trash.

    There is one exception, if its on a memory stick or SD card etc thats FAT formatted, especially for things like pictures, its generally easier to retrieve, there are specialist photo recovery apps that can do a very good job of recovering pictures off a formatted memory card.
  7. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    I think the important, take-away point is to not put stuff in the trash until you don't need it anymore. That applies equally to physical objects and to data on the computer. While there may sometimes be recovery options if you change your mind, don't ever count on being able to get it back once you put it in a trash can.


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