Moving files in Mac OS X is not as simple as it was in Mac OS 9 days (prior to 2004, not to be confused with the 2013 released Mac OS X 10.9), and is different from Windows as well.
The user Library folder is hidden by default in Mac OS X 10.7 and later releases. To access files in the hidden library folder, see How to access hidden user library files. Drag the application PLIST file, located in the Users/ User /Library/Preferences folder, to Trash.
Before deleting or moving any files you are uncertain of, be sure to make at least two backups of your critical data.
- And now, you badly want to recover the deleted files on your Mac. Well, if that scenario sounds familiar then you have come to the right place. In this article, we are going to explain 6 different methods that can help you recover deleted files on Mac with ease. How to Recover Deleted Files on Mac with Ease. Take a breath, mate.
- When deleted, their absence can cause your Mac OS to 'break.' It might not even be able to boot up. The file or folder is in use and can't be deleted: Mostly happens when a file, e.g., a word document is opened and is in use. It prevents the disruption of your ongoing work.
Files with a period as a prefix (i.e. .profile, and .DS_Store), should not be renamed or moved. These are files that are otherwise invisible in Mac OS X and help Mac OS X manage the system itself.
Don't delete or move mach files that appear when you double click the hard disk icon.
User folders must have their name maintained if you expect to be able to use X again. So if you first setup your Mac OS X account on setup as JSmith, don't rename or move the JSmith folder from the Users folder. We'll assume your user folder here on in your Users folder is your JSmith folder for example purposes only.
Unix defines directories and subdirectories by /es. So when I say /Users/JSmith/Documents/, that means you double click hard drive, double click Users, Double click JSmith, and double click Documents folder to get there from Mac OS 9. In Mac OS X View by columns allows you to navigate folders by single clicking on them, but they maintain the same hierarchy.
Don't delete or move files within System and Library folders appearing when you first double click your hard disk. Don't delete or move .App files in your Applications folder, these are Mac OS X native applications.
Don't delete or move files in your /Users/JSmith/Documents or /Users/JSmith/Library folder. Be aware that by default Mac OS X may set itself to put your iTunes music in /Users/JSmith/Music though that can be changed in the preferences, and iPhoto in /Users/JSmith/Pictures/
You can freely move the contents of these files and folders about, though not necessarily their subfolders (unless you created the folder):
/Applications Mac OS 9 - though I would test to make sure the application works after moving it. If it doesn't then move it back.
/Users/JSmith/ (except its default subfolders)
Observing all these rules will prevent headaches in the future.
Additionally, you can safely delete Log files, but not the folders that own them. There is a nightly script that runs to delete them in Mac OS X as
long as you are in screen saver, but not always in Energy Saver, or they are deleted right after the machine wakes from sleep. The latter function could
explain the lag to wake from sleep. Those log files can be deleted if you are running low on space. But they could make it hard to troubleshoot issues that happened when they were last modified.
System Cache files should not be deleted unless your system is backed up, as they could impact the ability of programs to launch.
If you find you must access any of the Mac OS X only folders while in 9 or running an application in Classic, return to X, and quit Classic and repair permissions (links to Apple knowledgebase explaining how to repair permissions)
Note for Windows users: Mac OS X has two file locations that are nothing more than shortcuts. The translucent bar, known as the Dock, and the left Finder Window sidebar. That means do not assume when you drag to either location that a file is safely residing in some other folder, than the source folder you just dragged from. Unlike Windows, it is not! Also installer packages create virtual disks that dismount when you reboot. Those virtual disks contain folders that you sometimes have to drag to the hard drive Applications folder for them to be usable always. Otherwise you have to remount the image to get access to the application. Dragging the application from the image to the shortcut bar, or the Dock will NOT install it. Well packaged applications include their own installer proram to avoid this problem. If you drag to the Dock, expect it only to represent a shortcut to wherever you dragged it from. It is not safe deleting it from the source location if you want access to it again!
Are you looking for a reliable way to stop trash delete immediately without recyling deleted files into the Trash on Mac? If it's so, relax. On this page, you will learn how to restore lost files removed by Mac delete immediately feature using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, and how to turn off or stop delete immediately on Mac via Terminal command.
Q: How can I stop Trash deleting items immediately on Mac
'As of upgrading to macOS High Sierra, my trash folder deletes files immediately. Dragging files to Trash, it prompts the message 'Are you sure you want to delete xx? This item will be deleted immediately. You can't undo this action.' It seems that the Trash becomes unusable as it no longer saves the deleted files. How can I stop Mac from bypassing Trash and deleting items immediately?'
Don't worry. This article covers everything you want to know to stop Trash deleting files and recover lost data.
|Workable Solutions||Step-by-step Troubleshooting|
|Fix 1. Recover unintentionally deleted files||Download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac > select the location > scan..Full steps|
|Fix 2. Stop Trash deleting files immediately||Step 1. Launch Application and go to Terminal.|
Step 2. At the command prompt, type: sudo rm -ri ~/.Trash and press return..Full steps
Why does Mac Trash delete files immediately, not receiving deleted files
There are basically two reasons that cause Mac delete file immediately without saving to Trash.
1. Using Delete Immeidately feature on Mac
'Delete Immediately' is a handy feature for Mac users to get rid of a file or a folder from Mac right away without manually emptying the Trash. It skips the Trash function and just deletes the files. There are two ways to access and use Delete Immdeiately featre on Mac: 1). A quick access keystroke: Option + Command + Delete; 2). File Menu >Delete Immediately..
By using this feature, Mac users can remove and delete files instantly from Mac by skipping the Trash, making it faster than deleting files to Trash and emptying the Trash.
2. Trash file permission error
According to some official explanations, it's because the file permissions associated with Trash are out of whack, making it impossible for OS X or macOS to write new files to the Trash folder or move the items you want to delete into a temporary location. That's how you have to accept the truth that deleted files or folders will bypass the Trash and disappe instantaneously.
How to recover unintentionally deleted files not going to Mac Trash
Don't worry when you lost the quick access to retrieving deleted files from Trash on Mac as files were deleted immediately without going into the Trash. Yo can easily recover trash bin emptied files on Mac with EaseUS Mac data recovery software.
Regardless of your files getting deleted immediately from trash due to file permission issue or you used the keyboard shortcut 'Option + Command + Delete' or 'Delete Immediately' option from the file menu in Finder, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac is a handy data recovery utility in this case to help you immediately scan and find the lost files.
Tutorial: How to recover files deleted immediately from Trash or Finder
Step 1. Select the location where your important data & files were deleted and click the 'Scan' button.
Step 2. The software will run both quick scan and deep scan and work hard to find as many deleted files as possible on the selected volume.
Step 3. The scan results will be displayed in the left pane. Just select the file(s) and click the 'Recover Now' button to get them back.
How to stop Mac Trash from deleting files immediately
If your files get deleted immediately on Mac by pressing Option + Command + Delete or 'Delete Immediately' option on the Mac menu, it's easy to stop this operation. Remember to move files to the Trash instead of using the quick access when you need to delete some files next time.
If the removed files were not saved to Mac Trash but deleted immediately due to file permission issue, the Terminal command prompt is a good way to solve the problem. You need to be very careful when entering a command in the guidance, a single mistake could delete other innocent files.
Tutorial: How to use Terminal to stop Trash deleting files immediately
Step 1. Launch Application and go to Terminal.
Step 2. At the command prompt, type: sudo rm -ri ~/.Trash and press return.
- If Terminal prompts and requries for your account's password, enter it and press return.
- Next you should be prompted to remove any files and folders in the .Trash folder, followed by the .Trash folder itself. Type yes and return at each prompt.
Step 3. Log out of your macOS or Mac OS X account and log back in.
After executing the commands in Terminal, the 'delete immediately' trash problem on Mac shall now be resolved, as Mac will create a new .Trash folder with the correct permissions.
This page explains why files get deleted immeidately without saving to Trash on Mac. There are two reasons: using 'Delete Immediately' feature with quick access on Mac, or Mac Trash file permission error.
To fix this issue, you can stop using the Delete Immediately quick access, or run Terminal command as introduced above. For the lost files deleted immeidately on Mac, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac can help you out in only 3 simple steps.
FAQs about Mac Trash Delete
Some of you may have more questions about Mac Trash delete or recovery. If you are one of these Mac users, having similar or the same questions as listed here, check the answer and follow the guide to get rid of the problem from your Mac now:
1. How do I prevent files from being deleted immediately on Mac?
Besides deleting files with awareness, backup is the safest way to protect files/folders being wrongly deleted. It's worry-free and risk-free to backup files on Mac with Time Machine or third-party Mac backup software.
2. Why does my Mac trash delete immediately?
Usually, if you press Option + Command + Delete keys or use File > Delete Immeidately option in the Finder menu, Mac will directly delete files by skipping the Trash. The best way to avoid this issue is to stop using the access. Instead, you should drag files to the Trash and then empty them from the Trash when you are 100% for sure that you don't need these files again.
3. How do I stop my Trash from emptying on my Mac?
Mac Trash has a similar feature as Windows Recycle Bin which can be set to remove items from the Trash after 30 days.
If you happen to have enabled this feature, you can go to Finder > Prefernece > Advanced > Uncheck 'Remove items from the Trash after 20 days'. To prevent you delete the wrong files, you should also check 'Show warning before emptying the Trash' in Finder Prefence.
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4. How do I recover deleted files after empty Trash?
If you happen to lose files after emptying Trash bin, you can use the effective solution introduced here to get emptied Trash data back on Mac without any obstacles. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will help you effortlessly get back files deleted from the Trash bin on Mac, also undo empty Trash Mac.
For more details, you may refer to How to Recover Deleted Files after Emptying Trash on Mac for help.