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Time Machine and Trash

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Jonathan Renouf1 Calculating status...
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Feb 12, 2013 11:42 PM

I've rashly emptied my Trash, and suspect that some files had been accidentally dumped there (by young child). So I want to use Time Machine to find an old version of the Trash folder. I've used Cocktail to make invisible files visible, and can find my Trash folder in my user directory. But when I then open Time Machine, as soon as I move back in time, this folder disappears. Furthermore, there's nowhere else that I can find a Trash folder in these old "snapshots". Where can I find my old Trash folder?

Thanks

J

  • ecpa Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)
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    Feb 12, 2013 11:49 PM (in response to Jonathan Renouf1)

    Unfortunately the trash folder is excluded from TM backups, so you won't find your (lost) files there. But you can look into the original folders, where the files have been stored. There you should find them in your backup and be able to restore them.

  • sberman Level 7 Level 7 (23,775 points)
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    Feb 12, 2013 11:49 PM (in response to Jonathan Renouf1)

    Have you considered using Time Machine to recover files in the context they were used before you trashed them?

     

    If you don't miss them in that context, perhaps you don't need them recovered.

  • sberman Level 7 Level 7 (23,775 points)
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    Feb 13, 2013 12:51 AM (in response to Jonathan Renouf1)

    Ah yes, I've seen your sentiment often expressed during my (software development) career. We used to call it the "golden bit" - bit referring to a binary digit - that was precious and might be lost.

     

    But really the concept is like clutter in a drawer or a closet. If you haven't used it in (some amount of time), you won't need or miss it, and might as well toss it.

     

    Just my opinion, for what it's worth.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,955 points)
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    Feb 13, 2013 7:16 AM (in response to Jonathan Renouf1)

    Restore your whole system from the last snapshot taken before the unwanted deletion.

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