Shot in the dark, but maybe someone can help...Recovering deleted word file

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by AxYoung, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. AxYoung macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2008
    Hi everyone,

    I accidently deleted a word documents I was working. It's not in the recycling bin. I know it's not likely, but does anyone have any suggestions, hopefully free, as to how I can recover it? Is there a program? A way to use terminal?

    Anything would be greatly appreciated

    Mac OS 10.5.5
    MS Word 2004

  2. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Well, of course it's not in the recycling bin, which doesn't exist in Mac OS X. However, if it's not in the trash, you need to restore it from you backups, which I'm sure you made.

    Otherwise, if you don't back up your computer (which you absolutely should do, no questions asked), then you'd need a program like Data Rescue II which can recover deleted files. Be warned that it won't be very discriminate, so it'll recover everything you've deleted that's still accessible, and it may not have the filename or other information about it, so you'll simply have to open all the Word documents it's recovered to see which one is the file you need.


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