It’s a widely accepted universal fact that Mac users sometimes inadvertently delete files to hurriedly free up disk space only to later realize they still need some of them. Thus, there should be a designated space on the hard drive that stores such deleted files for some time and allow users to restore them if needed. That’s the thought which gave birth to the Mac Trash folder.
Mac Trash is the folder where files deleted from the Finder go to. Deleted files are retained within the Trash for a period of 30 days within which, users can restore desired files by simply dragging and dropping on the desktop. After the retention period of 30 days expires, the Trash is auto-emptied which is when the deleted data is removed permanently. The Trash can be found at the right-hand end of the Dock and deleting / restoring files from it is a drag-and-drop operation, as already stated. Whether it is files or app icons, this technique works for everything.
If you wish to manually empty the Trash, all you need to do is go to Finder and choose the “Empty Trash” option. Typically when you do that, a warning dialog appears reminding you to restore any files you may need. However, if you’re absolutely certain you won’t need any of the files from Trash you may ignore the warning, or hold down the Option key while choosing “Empty Trash” to omit the display of any warning. But remember, doing so will also force files that are locked to be deleted. If you are particularly concerned about security, you can make items deleted from the trash absolutely un-recoverable by choosing “Trash -> Selecting a file -> Delete Immediately”.
It is important to note that once items have been deleted from the Trash, there is no way to recover them except with the help of professional data recovery software. That is what actually happens to a lot of users who are careless about emptying their Mac Trash. If you have landed up in a mess because of such an action, your only way out is using advanced Mac Data Recovery software.
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