What’s the price tag for convenience? What would you pay for an app that works like magic? How much of a niche is not enough?
I found a Mac app that kinda sorta works like magic to retrieve files you’ve dropped in the trash. And emptied. Usually, when it’s gone, it’s gone, right? Not so fast. There are ways. Both cheap, and not so cheap. Magic, it seems, has a price tag.
The Price Of Magic
Here’s the basic deal. When you copy something (text, photo, image, whatever) your Mac stores it on the clipboard so you can paste it somewhere.
Copy something else and what you copied before that is gone forever.
That is, unless you have an app that gives you multiple clipboards.
Is that magic? It is if you need what you lost.
So it is with your Mac’s Trash. Drag something to the Trash. It’s gone, right? Nope. First you have to empty the Trash. Then it’s gone, right? Wrong again. But it’s mostly gone.
There are a few Mac utilities which might be able to find what you deleted when you emptied the Trash, especially if you act quickly. If you used Secure Empty Trash, well, whatever you trashed is probably really really trashed and you’d need real magic to get it back again.
Unless you added TrashMagic to your Mac.
Magic, Money, And Time Machine
MagicTrash is a Mac app that copies and stores whatever you put into your Mac’s Trash. So, even when you delete what’s in the Trash, only the original is deleted, not the copied and saved version.
Handy, no? TrashMagic has a little behind-the-scenes function that watches the Trash. When you move a file into Trash, or another app moves a file into Trash, TrashMagic grabs a copy and stores it for later retrieval.
Retrieving trashed files is equally simple. Almost magic.
Open up TrashMagic, dig through the trash to find what you trashed, then grin with glee when you find it. It’s like buried treasure. Digital trash without the deathly odor of something really bad.
Wait A Minute!
I know what you’re thinking. “Wait a minute, Alex. Time Machine backs up every file on my Mac, too. And it’s free.” We’re back to that kinda sorta thing again.
Time Machine is free but requires an extra hard disk drive, which you should have, of course, but if you’re using a Mac notebook and away from the backup, then, well, you’re not exactly backing up every hour.
Every hour? Yep. That’s what Time Machine does. It watches your Mac’s files. If you make a change to a file, it backs it up—sometime in the next hour.
Uh oh. And what if your file wasn’t changed (Time Machine ignores it) and was stuffed into the Trash anyway, and then you deleted it? Bye, bye file. Hello grief stricken Mac user.
TrashMagic immediately copies the file you throw in the Trash, acting like some kind of digital nosey trash inspecting neighbor who loves you very much. If you’re really, really paranoid about losing any kind of file, whether in the last minute or last week or last month, then TrashMagic will appear like Magic (with a magical price tag to match).
The Same Thing, Cheaper?
Could you do the same thing by simply not putting files in the Trash? Kinda sorta again. Some apps put files in the Trash, too. TrashMagic probably pays for itself the first time you use it to retrieve a very important file that got Trashed and emptied just seconds before you realized that Trash. Means. Forever.