9 Replies Latest reply: Aug 22, 2008 11:38 AM by AceNeerav
AceNeerav Level 1 (95 points)
i simply cannot find it!

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • I love my macbook!!!! Level 4 (1,415 points)
    There is no way to restore your trashed items unless you have made a recent Time Machine back up or the equivalent of that.
  • AceNeerav Level 1 (95 points)
    sheesh. how can apple miss on this one?
  • Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 (28,075 points)
    sheesh. how can Apple miss on this one?

    What did they miss. They provide a trash folder, so you can restore thing you might have deleted by mistake. If you emptied the trash, you were telling it that you didn't want to be able to restore the items there. If you never empty the trash, you will be able to restore anything, but eventually the drive will fill up. Any files you want to restore have to be saved somewhere. Even if you never empty the trash, drives do fail. You need backups. If you haven't been using the drive much, you may be able to recover files with
    Data Rescue II
    <http://www.prosofteng.com/products/data_rescue.php>
    or FileSalvage
    <http://subrosasoft.com/OSXSoftware/index.php?mainpage=product_info&productsid=1>
  • AceNeerav Level 1 (95 points)
    NO NO NO. lol. u got me all wrong. i am not talking about restoring files emptied from trash. i am talking about putting files back to their original location after having trashed them. in windows there is 'restore item' which restores items inside the recycle bin back to their original location. where is that on mac?
  • Tom in London Level 4 (1,610 points)
    if you put something in the trash and you emptied the trash, it's goodbye, arrivederci, sayonara. Auf Wiedersehen.

    That's what the trash is for.
  • AndreTheGeek Level 2 (435 points)
    I believe the answer you are looking for is the system does not keep track of where the files originally were. When you put items in the trash, Leopard simply considers this a move. If you have just done it, you can 'undo' the move, and the last item moved will be put back.

    Once they are in the trash, then you can get them back, but you must know where they go yourself.
  • AceNeerav Level 1 (95 points)
    thanks andre. thats what i wanted to know. any utility that can help restore items from trash to where they belong?
  • Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 (28,075 points)
    OSX doesn't keep track of the origin of trashed files (OS 9 did) so there would be no way for any utility to know where to put them.
  • AceNeerav Level 1 (95 points)
    now dont u think apple did miss on that one.