Data Recovery Help iMac!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by TheBlackCrayon, Jan 17, 2015.

  1. TheBlackCrayon macrumors newbie

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    I need some advise getting my data back. I came to help a friend start a new Admin Account. I had found this online.

    "Here's one method to reset the password without the install disc:

    1. boot computer and hold the "apple" key and the "s" key.
    2. wait for terminal show
    3. release keys
    4. type without the quotes: "/sbin/mount -uaw"
    5. press enter
    6. type without the quotes: "rm /var/db/.applesetupdone
    7. press enter
    8. type without the quotes: "reboot"
    9. press enter

    This will let you create a new admin account when you reboot your computer."

    When I finished I realized that all my data that had been on there before was gone. We lost everything, and I mean everything. If anyone could help me recover my data I would be most most greatful. I have a iMac below are the specs.

    iMac
    Mac OS X
    Version 10.5.8
    Processor 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    Memory 2 GB
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    The Mac in question has a firewire port, is this correct?

    If so, connect to another Mac (that also has firewire) and start it up in "firewire target disk mode".

    What do you see from the controlling (other) Mac?
     
  3. Ledgem macrumors 65816

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    Did you have a Time Machine drive? If so, you can boot from that drive and select the option to restore your system from the backup.

    Edit: I see you were using 10.5.8. This is my mistake: Time Machine volumes could only be booted from with OS X 10.7.2 (or was it 10.7.4?) and later. You would need to install OS X fresh and then use the Migration Assistant to recover from the Time Machine volume.
     
  4. phpmaven macrumors 68040

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    I doubt the data is lost. It's probably just under the old user account. Look at the main HDD and users folder.
     
  5. TheBlackCrayon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks everyone. I will try it all and see what happens. Took the info to Geek Squad and they were talking I needed to ship it across the country and it would cost hundreds if not a thousand!!! It can't be that serious of a thing can it?
     
  6. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    Why do you think you lost data ?

    You created a brand new account, which is, obviously, blank.

    However, the previous existing account should still be there.
    As phpmaven said, look at the "Macintosh HD/Users" folder.
     
  7. TheBlackCrayon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hey there it is!!! Ok now I can't get it. That's the whole reason why I tried to reset the account because I couldn't login. The password hint doesn't help. What can I do?
     
  8. Bruno09, Jan 19, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2015

    Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    What is the problem, at first ?

    You did not explain WHY you needed to create a new admin account using that way.

    First account login password lost, I guess ?

    If yes : http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201240
     
  9. TheBlackCrayon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wow!!!! That was easy thank you sooooooo much. You learn something new everyday
     

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