Not in Trash! :( Help retrieving lost file

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  1. warpedpink, Dec 13, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2015

    warpedpink macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2012
    I have a couple folders in my (Finder) Sidebar. Apparently one of those folders was copied into to another folder. When I deleted the copied folder, I could no longer open the folder in my sidebar.

    The deleted folder did not go into my Trash. Help!

    I've also searched through older threads for help, but all the data recovery files I found are not compatible with my Mac OS X 10.6.8

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  2. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    Do a Get Info (right-click/control-click > Get Info) on the folder in the sidebar, and post a screen shot of that.
  3. warpedpink thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2012
    I can't. On the other folders, I can select Get Info and all that, but on the deleted folder, it only shows Sidebar Preferences

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  4. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Do you remember the exact name of the folder you're looking for?
    Or even most of the name?

    Try this:
    1. Download EasyFind. You'll find it on this page:

    It's a small, free searching app.

    2. Put EasyFind into your Applications folder.

    3. Launch EasyFind.

    4. Enter the name of the folder you need to search for.
    Also, pay attention to the search parameters on the left.
    You might want to check the "ignore case" option.

    5. Click the magnifying glass on the right-hand end of the search entry bar.

    Does it find anything?
  5. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    That suggests you deleted the actual Folder represented by that Sidebar item, rather than a duplicate of the Folder.

    It's also possible that the Sidebar item represented an Alias, rather than an actual Folder. If you delete an Alias, you lose your link to the Folder, but the actual Folder remains (often, deeply buried). I don't know how thoroughly you used Search... if not, give it a try. If you know the name of one or more Files inside the Folder, search on the file name(s) - an Alias can be given a different name than the item to which it links.

    I don't recall the specifics of how Sidebar items were handled by Snow Leopard (been a long time since I've used Snow Kitty), or whether that's been changed at all in subsequent versions of OS X. In El Capitan, if you place an item in the Sidebar, the Sidebar item will disappear if you delete the object it represents. Perhaps in Snow Leopard you have to remove the Sidebar item separately.

    Bear in mind that the Sidebar is effectively a shortcut menu - you can't create a New Folder in the Sidebar, you can only add items to the Sidebar if they already exist elsewhere. So, it's possible that what you thought was a copy of the Folder was the actual Folder. It's also possible that you reflexively emptied the Trash after moving the Folder to Trash - I know more than a few people who do that. If you thought you were deleting a copy rather than the original, you might not have thought twice about clicking Empty Trash.

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