I have a two disk system, Disk1 which contains OSX and Disk2 for misc files.

I deleted the .Trash folder on Disk1, which I assumed would only affect files on Disk1, but must have had an effect on Disk2.

There was about 500GB of data 'deleted' (This data was never trashed in the first place).

The free space on Disk2 has not changed.

I am running data rescue now, but I figure this might be a special case.

Is there any way to get the data back without forensic utilities?


Forensic utils didn't help.

Why is the available disk space unchanged? Should I zero it to reclaim?

  • Did you do this from the terminal? Jan 29, 2016 at 5:41
  • how did you delete the .Trash directory? Jan 29, 2016 at 6:08
  • @WilliamTFroggard It might have been via terminal as I remember needing sudo, but then again .Trash wasn't all I deleted. It does seems the likely culprit to me.
    – BAR
    Jan 29, 2016 at 6:09
  • can you please go into the terminal, and push the up arrow until you see the command you typed, then copy and paste it here? Jan 29, 2016 at 6:11
  • @WilliamTFroggard I'm a dev myself - terminal is a daily tool. The push up log is long gone. It seems like you might have an idea. Can you post it and I will follow through?
    – BAR
    Jan 29, 2016 at 6:13


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