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Slartibartfast42

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May 4, 2019
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I'm trying to restore a file from my trash/bin from last month. I found a way to view hidden folders, but that was from many OS versions ago and when I try it it doesn't show a .trash in the Finder.

So does anyone know a way which works in Ventura.

I believe there should be a TM backup containing the file I'm after as I don't empty the bin very often.

In hope........

TIA
 

TorbenIbsen

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Since you use Time Machine you should be able to open Time Machine and go back in time to a point before you deleted the file. The file will normally be there, so you can restore it. - So you do not have to look in the trash bin to find the file.
 
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NoBoMac

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Not at my Mac right now, but believe Trash is an excluded item by default in Time Machine.

ADD: yes, Trash is on my exclude list. Just not sure if it came that way or I added it (been years since added anything to the exclude list).

ADD2: besides checking in TM settings, can also enter in Terminal window:

Code:
% tmutil isexcluded ~/.Trash
[Excluded]    /System/Volumes/Data/Users/youridhere/.Trash
%
 
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Slartibartfast42

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May 4, 2019
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Surrey, UK
Thank you both. It's an installer I downloaded - I installed the software then deleted the installer. There wasn't a TM backup in the intervening time so that's why I was trying to recover it from the trash.

However @NoBoMac, the trash doesn't appear in my excluded list.

It's not the end of the world I just wanted to use the UN-installer which is part of the Installer package......
 
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