Can I recover a replaced item?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kalimac, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. kalimac macrumors newbie

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    I have accidently replaced my desktop folder with a blank desktop folder. When the alert came up "An Item named "Desktop" already exists in this location. Do you want to replace it with the one you are moving?" I clicked replace as I thought it was the new one..... Now the items are nowhere to be seen. I have done system searches and they are gone. I am tempted to use Boomerang Data Recovery, but not sure if it will find these items? Can anyone help...?
     
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    No amount of searching is going to come up with anything; as far as the OS and filesystem are concerned, when you clicked "replaced" anything in the old folder vanished.

    I'm not sure about Boomerang, but your best bet for getting anything back is this:

    1) STOP USING THE COMPUTER--the more time it is turned on, the more likely the data is to be overwritten and definitely permanently erased.

    2) Get a copy of Data Rescue II and run it on the disk while booted from a different drive (get another computer if you have to and use Target Disk Mode). With any luck, Data Rescue II will be able to locate and retrieve some, if not all, of the deleted files.

    If it's no good, you're probably looking at very high-priced data recovery services, and even that's iffy.
     
  3. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    Well I have Data Rescue II and it is pretty good but to be honest I have found that testdisk to be just as good and it is free.
     
  4. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Huh, hadn't heard of testdisk before. I'll definitely give it a shot next time I'm desperate (hopefully not for a long while), and it'd be good to have a decent alternative to Data Rescue II. Techtool Pro also has a similar feature, but the one time I tried it when the computer didn't have TTP's protection utility running it didn't work nearly as well as Data Rescue.
     
  5. kalimac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Boomerang works beautifully!

    I just purchased Boomerang Data Recovery as it seemed the most likely to recover without doing any damage and it worked beautifully! I have found files I didn't even know that I'd lost from months ago! Worth every penny!
     
  6. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Don't forget Time Machine exists. It's really the best solution for data recovery and it's built-in with Leopard.
     

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