Recover deleted files Mac OS X
I deleted a load of photos on my Mac and just realised I haven’t got a backup. Can I get them back? Help!
Losing a file in Mac OS X can be a real pain, and doubly so when you’re the one who clicked delete. Fortunately it’s pretty easy to recover deleted files, particularly if you realise your mistake quickly. This guide will show you how to recover deleted items on a Mac. We also cover deleted files and photos on an iPad and iPhone.
In this tutorial we’ll look at simple methods for getting back deleted documents, photos, music files and contacts.
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How to recover a deleted document in Mac OS X
Recovering a deleted document in Mac OS X is straightforward if you do it straight away. It will usually be found inside the Trash can – sorry, rubbish bin. Click on the Trash icon (on the right of the Dock) to view all of the files you have deleted. You can use the Search box in the Finder window to find the file (enter the search term then click on Trash instead of This Mac to search the Trash folder). Locate the file you want to rescue and drag it back out of the Trash and to the Desktop (or any other part of Finder).
How to recover a deleted photo on Mac: iPhoto
If you’re still using iPhoto (which Apple replaced with Photos in 2015) and you’ve deleted the photo from that program, it will be sent to the iPhoto Trash (rather than the usual Mac OS X Trash). Follow these steps to recover a deleted image in iPhoto:
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