Have you ever dropped some Mac files into the Trash and then emptied the trash can? And then realized you didn’t want to delete one of the files you just deleted? I suspect we’ve all done that from time to time. Here’s a way to get those deleted files back.
Fracking For Files
Deleting a file you need is not a fun exercise, but with Time Machine and external clones of your Mac’s disk drive they’re less frequent than in the past.
Except when you do it and there’s no backup and Time Machine hasn’t had time to act, or, worse, you don’t have any kind of backup system at all.
Regardless, there’s an app for that and it’s called Disk Drill. It drills into your Mac’s hard disk (or SSD storage) to find files that have been deleted.
Disk Drill works because your Mac doesn’t really delete the file you put into the Trash before you emptied the Trash.
Instead, OS X simply turns off a little flag that makes the file visible. The file is still there unless you chose Secure Empty Trash in which case, well, the file is mangled all to hell, and, basically it’s gone.
Disk Drill can mount a number of storage devices and rebuild what’s broken to find photos, movies, files, music or whatever you thought was deleted.
It also works on storage devices which have gone wonky when what you thought was there turns out not to be.
First, Disk Drill scans the storage device, including external disks, connected USB flash storage devices, cameras, iPods, Kindles, and other connected memory cards– and on disk drives that might be failing but haven’t died yet.
Disk Drill is smart enough to handle the Mac’s file system, but also works on FAT, FAT32 and exFAT file systems, as well as NTFS and others. It can also backup a failing disk to another disk and preserve most of the undamaged files.
This app isn’t likely to be used too often unless you’re an absolute klutz and lose files regularly, in which case there are probably other issues. The Basic version of Disk Drill is free, so it will monitor your Mac’s storage devices, backup failing partitions, volumes, or drives into disk images and find files that have been deleted but may still be around.
The only issue is that the free version won’t recover those files. For that there’s the Pro user version. So, if the files have been deleted but you want them back you can check to see if they’re recoverable before using Disk Drill.