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I accidentally deleted a file and emptied my trash can. I don't have time machine setup to back up my stuff so when i open it it's the initial setup thing. Is there an easy way for me to recover a deleted file?

Thanks, Jason

asked Oct 15 '11 at 21:51

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Jason Muir

I always use Scalpel or Photorec (both free) for recovering deleted files on a Mac - bear in mind that Mac file recovery is about 15 years behind Windows so both are a little unrefined! (paid apps tend to be slightly more refined but you have to pay for them and they are still way behind Windows recovery tools...)

Anyway, Photorec recovers all files (deleted and current) from your mac and sticks them in folders according to file type. Scalpel is (slightly) more refined and allows you to search for a specific file type (although will still get both deleted and current files) and stick them in a folder. Either way, once I've run one or both of these I open the exported item folder, use 'command' (apple key) and 'f' to bring up the advanced spotlight search and then look for the file name - if you're file can be recovered you should be able to get it that way.

answered Nov 11 '11 at 04:22

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The most easiest way to recover deleted files on Mac OS X Lion is to use automatic data recovery for Mac software. It easily recover data lost due to OS corruptions, disk partitions, hard disk crashes, formatting or re formatting.It supports all data type formats and support recovery from Mac HFS, HFS, HFS+ and FAT based volumes. The tool is compatible with Mac OS X Lion, Mountain Lion, Panther, Leopard, Snow Leopard.get more details on: http://www.datarecoveryformac.org

answered Aug 13 '12 at 06:08

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