About 4 days earlier I deleted my important c++ files along with other files on the desktop by mistake without even realizing and figured it out later. I'm unable to find .cpp files in the deepscan of recovery softwares like iSkysoft data recovery. How can I recover them? It's urgent.

  • Device : Macbook Air 2015
  • OS : High Sierra 10.13
  • Backups : none

3 Answers 3


Your data is gone

The way the SSD deletes data is an immediate and permanent thing. This is why your recovery software won't succeed here. It's so efficient and so secure, Apple removed srm from macOS

Backups : none

Ouch. Unfortunately, your solution would have been to restore from said backup.

Personally, I save all my documents, scripts (bash and AppleScript) to my Cloud drive (iCloud, OneDrive, etc.) It's also backed up to a NAS and to Time Machine. With the low cost and availability of USB drives (flash, spinning and SSD) as well as the many options for cloud storage (both on prem and SaaS), a backup strategy should not be something that gets put on the back-burner because it's too complicated.

  • But it did find everything that I deleted within the last week that has a file size of less than 128kb except CPPs of course. screenshot
    – dragos
    Commented Mar 15, 2018 at 6:17

Easy when you have TimeMachine: in Finder open the folder where you had these files before you deleted them. Then Enter TimeMachine and go back to just before you deleted them, then select and restore them. As Alan explained, no chance with an SSD without having backups.

  • Then how was I able to recover rest of my deleted files? link
    – dragos
    Commented Mar 16, 2018 at 12:22
  • 1
    @dragos. Well, why don't you answer the question?
    – Natsfan
    Commented Sep 17, 2019 at 15:17

When you delete files from the trash remnants will still exist in the free space on the drive. Unfortunately the longer you go without performing a data recovery the likelier your files become unrecoverable. The OS writes new data over old data in free space. If a deep scan didn’t find anything it is likely that your data no longer exists.

It is likely that the files are irretrievable at this point. I’d recommend frequent backups in the future: Time Machine is an excellent solution provided by Apple. This is a bitter pill that most computer users, especially those who go on to become power users, learn at some point.

  • Performing a data recovery doesn't makes the file irrecoverable because it operates in read only mode, what a bunch of noobs answering my question. Aren't there any experts on Apple stack exchange. What a pain? It even recovered files deleted from 3 months ago but not the ones I deleted within 5 days, probably the sector would have rewritten but that doesn't removes all traces by 100%, I need a recovery software which can recover files with specific format to recover them, there's still hope. I forget to git at once and this happens.
    – dragos
    Commented Mar 17, 2018 at 1:32
  • I didn't say that using the recovery software made them irretrievable. What I said is that the longer you use the OS after the accidental deletion the harder it will be to recover the data.
    – D. Hedin
    Commented Mar 17, 2018 at 2:58

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .