Deleted Files Not Going to Trash on Mac PC

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.x and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion & Mavericks)

“Recently, when I tried to delete files on my Mac OS X, it asked for permission by prompting with username and password. After entering the details the files got removed but didn’t go to trash. It was ok for me at that time, but now I am looking to restore it. I have no idea why Mac OS X deleted files don’t got to trash. Can anybody help me to restore deleted files from Mac OS X?”

Many Mac OS X users might have faced this sort of problem. This sort of situation arises due to sharing and permissions issue. In case, if you have got this files from another and it may not have write permissions or Access Control Lists. To know whether the files have write permissions, you will have to check out the “Sharing and Permissions” option.

You can alter these sharing and permissions, so that the situation can be compromised and for that we recommend you to create a new thread for concise response on the issue. The permissions can be changed by copying the below mentioned commands into the terminal

mkdir ~/.Trash

If the system prompts you with “file exists” message then ignore it and continue. In the next line, paste the following command:

sudo chown $UID ~/.Trash

When you press Return key, a new terminal will get opened asking for admin password, give the details carefully and after that enter the following command

chmod u+rw ~/.Trash

What does these commands mean?

With the help of these commands we can

  • Ensure that the Trash directory exists or not.
  • Look to change the original owner of the file.
  • Easily add new permission settings.

However this method is adapted to fix permission issue but when files don’t store inside Trash after deleting on Mac OS X due to this issue then you will have to recover files from Mac PC. To ensure successful recovery of files from Mac OS X you will need to have access to a professional recovery software. You won’t get a better choice than Mac Undelete software to recover files that didn’t get stored on Trash after deleting.

Mac Undelete is one of the most reputed tool to recover lost files from Mac OS X versions. This application is recommended by most the professional to restore files from formatted, reformatted hard drive volume on all versions of Mac PC’s. You can use this tool for recovering data from memory cards, USB drive, hard drive and external hard drive on Mac operating systems.

What are the additional qualities of Mac Undelete Software?

  • This application comes with a simple user interface, user will not find any ambiguity in making use of this tool to recover disappeared files from Trash on Mac OS X.
  • Application is built with strong algorithms that efficiently scans the entire device to restore files that are deleted or lost from Mac OS X.
  • This tool is capable of recovering data from Mac PC regardless of the data loss situations.
  • You can use this software to restore files from Trash on Mac hard drive that is formatted with various file system such as HFS, HFS+, NTFS5, etc.
  • This tool facilitates user to make use of the trial version of this tool, to test the efficiency of application in recovering files that don’t go to Trash after deleting on Mac OS X.

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.x and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion & Mavericks)

Procedural steps to recover deleted files that are not in Trash:

Step 1: To begin with, download Mac Undelete software afterwards install and launch it on your Mac machine. From the main window select “Recover Files” from main screen as shown in Figure a. Then select “Recover Deleted Files” from next screen.

Figure a : Main Screen

Step 2: Select hard drive icon and select “Proceed”, to undelete files from Mac OS X that dont go to Trash as shown in Figure b.

Figure b: Select Mac Drive

Step 3: It starts scanning for deleted files and the results shown can be viewed in “Data View” and “File Type View” as shown in Figure c. Preview recovered files by double clicking on them. Save recovered files using “Save” option on a computer drive.

Figure c: View Recovery Result


For Leopard (10.5) and
Snow Leopard (10.6) Users

For Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8),
Mavericks and Yosemite(10.10) Users