Data Rescue

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Ashwee, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. Ashwee macrumors member


    Dec 10, 2003
    I accidentally formatted my MacBook with 5 years of photos, documents and music on yesterday and I'm mortified.
    The thing is that I had my MacBook hooked up to my Vista PC in target disk mode so I could transfer my data to Windows but I clicked format, but as soon as I realized what was going on I pulled the firewire link, this was about 2 seconds after the format started.
    I hooked up the MacBook HD to my other mac and used Data Rescue 2 to see if it could get anything and it seemed like it recovered everything, but now the files dont play or open?
    Does anyone know how I can get these working again?
  2. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
    Some of the files would have likely been overwritten and corrupted. Even a few bytes overwritten can make a file unopenable without very specialised software.

    There should be at least some files which will open. Take a look: are there? Did you just search for the files without restoring by accident? (You scan the disk, a list of found files comes up, you check the checkboxes of what you want to restore, then click "Restore".)
  3. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000


    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    Excuse the obvious, but are you running a licensed version of DR2 or are you just in trial mode? In which case a lot of these type of apps tell you whats recoverable but don't actually recover it. Are you actually working on the recovered files? Did you (hopefully) recover them to somewhere else other than the damaged drive? What happens when you try and open them? What happens if you try and open them with a program you know should read the format?

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