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I accidentally deleted all the mp3 files on my computer (as opposed to just the ones in my downloads folder). There were a lot of files (around 2,000) so it took a while to delete but now, although at the bottom trash says it holds 2,500 files, they don't show up.

I need to drag these back onto my computer into their respective folders but I can't find them.

I am running Mac OS X 10.8 (Leopard) on an iMac.

Any assistance would be much appreciated!

  • How did you delete them? Did you drag them to the trash? Did you press Cmd+Backspace? In which application did you delete them (Finder? iTunes? or something else?). – René Jul 28 '11 at 14:11
  • They were deleted in the Finder by being dragged into trash. I thought I had searched for all of the mp3s in my downloads folder but the search was my whole computer. – Sebastian Jul 28 '11 at 14:22
  • If you drag into trash from the Finder - if you realise immediately then edit->undo will get them back - (and you can do several undos) – Mark Jul 28 '11 at 15:33
  • How are you sure they are not in the trash? – GEdgar Jul 28 '11 at 15:42
  • @Mark - I'm afraid it's too late now. Finder says it can't undo. – Sebastian Jul 28 '11 at 15:45
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Yes I do, is there a command to move them to another folder? In the short term I don't mind where they are, as long as they're not sitting in the trash waiting to get deleted!

Answering down here to have enough room.

  1. Create a new folder to move all these files from the Trash into. It can be anything, for this example I'll create a folder called "undeleted" on the Desktop.
  2. Open up a Terminal window, and navigate to the Trash: cd ~/.Trash.
  3. Confirm that the stuff you want is there: ls -a.
  4. Move the mp3s:
    mv *.mp3 ~/Desktop/undeleted
    . If you create a different folder somewhere else, the easiest way to get its path is to drag it into the Terminal window. Type in
    mv *.mp3 
    including the trailing space, then drag the folder you want the files to go into into the window - it'll automatically fill in the correct path. The * wildcard will match any .mp3 it finds.
  5. If you have any AAC encoded songs, repeat the above, but change the extension to .m4a:
    mv *.m4a ~/Desktop/undeleted

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