For the umpteenth time, our teenage daughter accidentally deleted a file on her MacBook. Deleted as in somehow dropped it in the Trash, and then somehow emptied the Trash.
Since her MacBook was with her at a friend’s house, there wasn’t even a Time Machine backup. So, how does a Mac user keep from deleting important files that are not backed up?
Don’t Put It In The Trash
There are a few Mac apps that automagically watch what you put into the Trash and then secure it and save it for you. That makes it difficult to delete files, but can save your bacon when you do.
In between the expensive savior and security apps, and simply being more careful, lies a one-trick pony app called Harald.
This cute, inexpensive app applies a different method. If a file is important to you, Harald remembers what it is and alerts you when it goes into the Trash.
That spreadsheet, or Word document, or graphic image you worked on for hours and accidentally found its way to the Trash? Harald will tell you about it.
How it works is deceptively simple.
Select an important file, or folder, or a bunch of each, then mark them as protected by using Harald’s Menubar drop down menu selection to Mark for Protection.
Once you’ve market a file for protection in Harald you’ll get notified whenever you try to put that same file into the Trash.
That gives you one next-to-last chance to retrieve the file before you empty your Mac’s Trash.
Harald also comes with a few handy features so you can make sure that what it’s watching is what you want it to watch.
List all your protected files and folders with a click.
Use the keyboard hotkeys so you don’t have to mouse over the Menubar to mark a file. Just remember— Harald’s notification might be your last chance to prevent a file from heading to the Trash. Other options include TrashMagic to safeguard everything in the Trash, and Unblunder, for when you’ve already Trashed a file.