PLEASE HELP!!! How to Recover Deleted Files???

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  1. highres macrumors 6502a

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    PLEASE HELP! This has never happened to me before in many years of using Macs, I somehow put my Pictures folder with months of work in it, in the Trash and started the Delete. I quickly realized the error and stopped Emptying the Trash. Does anyone know of a way to recover the files it already deleted? :(
     
  2. Phat_Pat macrumors 68000

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    i've come across the folder .trash before which is hidden.... i dunno if you'll be able to find it though... it was pretty random where it was
     
  3. highres thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'll do a search for the .trash folder, I am panicking, I can't believe I did something this stupid. Even more stupid is not backing up for a couple of months...*Pounds Head Against Desk*... :( I have two websites and many other design files I have put a lot of work into.
     
  4. native00 macrumors regular

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    I am interested to know if you find that folder or not. I have never actually heard of it...but that doesn't mean that it doesn't exist. It is my understanding that data recovery applications have to already be installed and that the longer you take to actually start recovering the data, the more likely that you will not retrieve it.
     
  5. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Stop using your machine - NOW - as in, turn it off. OSX overwrites disk space really quickly and the longer you use the machine, the slimmer your chances get.

    Get DataRescue X and try to recover the files, its your only hope. Note that Prosoft specifically disclaims the ability to recover deleted trash files under OSX.
     
  6. Phat_Pat macrumors 68000

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    im not really sure how i found it i remember browsing my external hard-drive and i had some script that was showing invisible folders( something was taking up alot of space) and i found like a 40GB trash folder of all the stuff i'd deleted in like a week.

    It was weird but also cool cause it had video files i needed for a project that i had deleted.

    perhaps it was copied to the external because i copied my home-folder over to my external and i had stuff in the trash folder. I'm not sure.... :confused:
     
  7. highres thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    OK I turned my machine off and downloaded Data Rescue on my other networked machine, so now I should turn the machine on, transfer and install Data Rescue and try the recovery? BTW Thanks for the help, I hope the recovery works...
     
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    Running Data Rescue II for OSX right now, praying it will work, the lesson here is BACKUP YOUR FILES OFTEN...Normally I am very careful about backing up, it's been real hectic lately with all the projects I am working on so I slipped up on my backup schedule, now I am paying the price... :(
     
  9. Sedulous macrumors 68000

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    I have not had terribly great success with Datarescue but it does work. Some of the files it has rescued seemed to be corrupted but other than that, there really isn't much you can do after that. I hope you are more fortunate than myself (lost about five years of irreplaceable pictures).
     
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    So does it really work? It would be great IF deleted data could still be recovered somehow?
     
  11. Sedulous macrumors 68000

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    Yes, it works if used correctly (don't run your computer until you have finished rescuing files). It will scan your hard drive (don't run the program locally if possible). Then it will spit out a list of all the potentially rescued files. This part is rather confusing because these lists are usually numerous. However there is thankfully a search tool.
     

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