Directory erased, please help

rinseout

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Jan 20, 2004
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So I'm doing some work in Terminal and decide to rm -rf one of my directories (folders). (Not the root directory :) ) That directory had a folder inside it that I want back.

Please tell me there is some fantastical way to recover this? As an added bonus I have since re-created a folder with the same name as the one I rm -rf'ed and done more work in it. As a super-extra bonus, I use FileVault.

Fortunately I backed up what I want again on the weekend, but the external HD is kept in a very safe (so, inconvenient) place.

Just wondering if there is some way of recovering this more easily than making a trip to my backup disk's location....
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

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Mar 10, 2004
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rinseout said:
Just wondering if there is some way of recovering this more easily than making a trip to my backup disk's location....
Having them sent to you...? :p

Seriously. When you rm something, then write more stuff to the disk (and since you mention FileVault I guess you logged out and let that reclaim the unused space) those things might just as well be considered gone for good.

Sorry.
 

ITASOR

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Mar 20, 2005
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rinseout said:
So I'm doing some work in Terminal and decide to rm -rf one of my directories (folders). (Not the root directory :) ) That directory had a folder inside it that I want back.

Please tell me there is some fantastical way to recover this? As an added bonus I have since re-created a folder with the same name as the one I rm -rf'ed and done more work in it. As a super-extra bonus, I use FileVault.

Fortunately I backed up what I want again on the weekend, but the external HD is kept in a very safe (so, inconvenient) place.

Just wondering if there is some way of recovering this more easily than making a trip to my backup disk's location....
It's really that hard to lift the tank cover off your toilet and pull the backup drive out?
 

rinseout

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Jan 20, 2004
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Darnit! That's really too bad.

I started backing up because of the neighbourhood speed freaks, but it turns out I'm the one I should have been afraid of.