Does Time Machine not back-up the trash??

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by bananabar, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. bananabar macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2008
    In between back-ups, I created and then trashed a document. I have since emptied the trash and realised I need it.

    I've gone into Time Machine but can't seem to view the Trash. Surely it saves the contents of the trash? I thought that was the idea?! How can I find it?
  2. netnothing macrumors 68040


    Mar 13, 2007
    Time Machine does NOT backup the users trash folder.

    Your trash files are stored in ~/.Trash

    This directory does not show up in any Time Machine backup.

    Here's a discussion on it:

  3. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Bummer -- yours is clearly the extremely rare case of the person who creates and deletes a document so quickly that it's not caught in a backup but you still need the doc.
  4. mooncaine macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2004
    Bummer, Apple discussions are down for the moment.

    Oi, Le Big Mac, I don't think this case is so rare (where one creates a document, then trashes it, then empties the Trash, before Time Machine has a chance to create a backup copy of it).

    Video and audio editors can sometimes generate huge files, in a very short time, and trash them, and empty the trash immediately, to get the disk space back. 3D artists, too.

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