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Is it possible to recover my deleted files in Mac OS X (after I emptied the trash also)? In Windows I can recover the deleted files using file recovery software. What options are available in Mac OS X?

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There's a nice guide here that walks you through the steps of recovering "deleted" files in OS X (using freeware).

Keep in mind that until you recover the files in question, you want to minimize writes to the disk as they can potentially overwrite the deleted files.

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Thanks for the reply. –  Pugal Devan Aug 11 '10 at 14:47
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I would add a hint for the next time: after recovering your files you might consider some backup solutions. –  Matteo Mar 4 '12 at 11:04
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Note the link has since gone dead, but there are snapshots available from the Wayback Machine, such as this one from May 2010. –  Schism Oct 11 '13 at 4:41

The software in the squidoo page that @tj111 recommended needs money to pay for the last recovery step. See this blog article for truly free Mac data recovery programs.

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