We all are afraid to lose our files, photos, music file and etc. Sometimes we lose many files due to mistakes. Almost everyone experiences almost mini heart attack feeling when we delete a file that we didn’t mean to delete or when we realize that the file we trashed is the one we need for an important purpose. So, now we want to recover those deleted files.

How to Recover Deleted Files on Mac and Windows

How to Recover Deleted Files on Mac and Windows

Here are some of the ways in which the files that are deleted can be recovered. It is easier to recover deleted files on Mac. So let’s start,

Method 1 – Check the Trash or Recycle Bin

Let’s start from the Orthodox if such a file is moved to the trash very recently, but the trash was not cleaned, but it is possible to get that file back to the trash.

Method 2 – Recover File Through Time Machine

If the first step is not successful, then let’s go to another one. The simplest & easy way to back up files on a Mac is to use Apple’s Time Machine. You set it up once and forget it. Assuming you use Time Machine, it’s very easy to recover individual files. Let’s take a look at the steps,

Step 1. Go to the Time Machine menu in Mac’s menu bar and choose Enter Time Machine.

Step 2. Swipe upwards with two fingers on your Mac’s trackpad or press the up arrow next to the Finder window that appears in order to navigate to a time before you deleted the file.

Step 3. Once you’ve reached a backup from a time before you trashed the file, click on the Finder window and navigate the Finder in the normal way until you find the file you want to recover.

Step 4. Press the spacebar to preview the file, and if it’s the one you want, click Restore. The file will now be restored to your current Finder, and you’ll be able to open and edit it.

Method 3 – Data Recovery Without Time Machine

If it ever happens that someone does not use a time machine, then there is another way- “Disk Drill.” Disk Drill scans Mac for deleted files and allows specifying the kind of file you’re looking for.

After open, it asked for a scan & then u need to select a disc and proceed towards the scan. After the scan, you will see recently deleted files (also some junk files). Then you have to your file which you want for restoration. After you find the item, you need to select the recovery option.

Method 4 – Restore Older Versions of A Document

In Mac when you open a file and edit it, macOS retains copies of previous versions of the file so you can revert back to them if you need to. There are the steps,

Step 1. Open the file then click on the File menu and choose Revert to then Browse all versions and find the version you want to revert to

Step 2. Click on the tick marks on the right of the screen or click on the title bars of the documents on the right of the screen, or click the up arrow to the right of the documents.

Step 3. You’ll see the date of each version displayed below its preview.

Step 4. If the document preview doesn’t display automatically, click Load Version to download it from iCloud.

Step 5. When you find the version you want to revert to, click Restore or to open it as a new document, hold down the Option key and select Restore a Copy.



So these are some major ways to restore a deleted file, now let’s talk about one little point, External hard drives have their own Trash; if you use the external drive in Mac, then it creates some hidden folder. By typing “Shift + cmd + Hotkey” (Sierra or Later). And “Command + Space” and type “Terminal” (for the older version).