BIG Problem

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Washac, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. Washac macrumors 68020

    Washac

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    Hi

    I really really want to swear today...


    I just re partitioned a drive and then realised I had loads and loads of stuff stored on it.

    Is there anyway possible way that I can get this stuff back ?

    Please tell me there is....
     
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  3. GonzoRob macrumors 6502

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    it costs

    there are data recovery specialists. if you have to get the data back, leave the computer alone (so it doesnt write over the old data) and get the hard disk to someone like this :http://www.datarecoverylondon.co.uk/index.html

    it costs quite a bit, but they're usually pretty successful
     
  4. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020

    Washac

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    Thanks..

    So all those programs out there that claim that they can do it cannot, is that what we are saying here ?

    I should add that I realised my error directly after the re partition so no data has been written to the drive as yet and will not be until I have tried all avenues of recovering the lost files.
     
  5. wawanarchist macrumors regular

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    A few months back I dropped my external hd which had my portfolio and millions of old photos on it. When I went to Western Digital, they had a whole list of data recovery people (starting at $900+) which I could not afford. Luckily, I found someone on craigslist that fixed it for $200. He said he used to work for a local data company, but they went under.

    It's always possible to get scammed, but if saving hundreds is your thing, then I'd check out local people before spending all that cash.
     
  6. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    First off before you do anything- don't use that drive no matter what you plan to do! Anything you write to it will reduce the chances for software or data recovery firms to retrieve anything successfully.

    Secondly, you owe yourself a first try by downloading and trying Data Rescue II by ProSoft Engineering. There is a free trial which you can run (non-destructively) to see what it would be able to recover if you buy a license for it- and it will allow you to actually recover a limited amount of data to demonstrate what it is capable of. Since it does no hard to the drive in question it is certainly the first thing I would try, as recent quotes on a client's 320Gb drive from one of the big data recovery firms (OnTrack) was $500-$2200 dollars. The client decided to go for it and it wound up at about $1200 BTW.:(
     
  7. BJMRamage macrumors 68020

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    i took my old PC second harddrive (freelance and digital photos [15,000 or so]) to the Geeks at Best Buy. ended up paying $1700 for recovery. all but 2 images survived.
    it would have been $1700 for all of it or only 1 item as it was based upon the service, not the amount saved.

    Afterward a few computer techies i ran into said to look around locally as the deals would have been better.


    Good Luck. (my drive stopped spinning mid cycle and needed to be taken apart, yours sounds easier)
     
  8. bobdard macrumors regular

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    I had the exact same problem once; I used Data Rescue II - Mac to get back most of my stuff. The initial scan said the software couldn't find anything to restore on the disk, but I went through with it, and retrieved my iTunes library (300GB)
     
  9. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, that is indeed the problem with physical drive failures- and I'll bet that BB sent it out for the service to OnTrack/DriveSavers etc since they have "clean rooms" to be able to do things like opening the drives and moving the platters to another drive of the same model, etc. Since no local HD recovery firms are going to have the million dollar clean rooms you do wind up paying through the nose for that service!:( That's a pretty great job of recovery in your situation (in spite of the $$$ shock)!
     
  10. futurase macrumors member

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    The one thing that matters how was it formatted. The only thing really.

    1. Quick format??? This is a good thing if you did.
    2. Multi-Pass format??? The more passes the worse. If more than 3 it is probably gone.

    A data recovery service is expensive. About $400 is the going rate.

    Norman Ross Jr.
     
  11. wetrix macrumors 6502

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    Data Rescue II is alright and worth a shot. Put your drive into an external housing and plug into a computer running OS X. Install Data Rescue II on that machine and run.

    Don't install OS X on the recently wiped disk!
     
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  13. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020

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    OK, used Data Rescue II, it seemed to recover eveything, but on looking at files after the recovery jpegs have no marker, shn files have no magic number infact nothing rescued is viewable or usable :(
     
  14. Outsider macrumors regular

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    What do you mean they have no marker? Are you talking about the .jpg extension?
     
  15. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020

    Washac

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    Message on trying to open a .jpg is :

    Unknown or Invalid jpeg marker type found
     
  16. Outsider macrumors regular

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    Hmm. i've seen that before. Have you tried opening it up in various programs like Photoshop or Graphics COnverter? It's worth a try.

    Are you having similar issues with other types of programs? Or were there only images on that drive?
     
  17. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Seems most of the stuff recovered has some problem or other :(

    Then I read the manual for the software and it seems I did not use it correctly, so having another attempt......
     
  18. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020

    Washac

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    Job done, all recovered.

    Thanks for the pointers to Data Rescue II great little program :)
     

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