Emergency! I mac hard drive

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  1. charles890111 macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys, recently I just brought my I Mac to the apple store to get fix, and today they just called me about my I mac won't get pass the grey screen because of the hard drive problem. They said the only solution they can do it's transfer all the data to a new hard drive then install it on my I mac. Here's my question, I know it may sounds silly, but I have 5GB porn video save on invisible folder, will that completely transfer to the new hard drive? Will I lost the file when it transfer all the data to the new drive? Please Help me, I am really worry... someone who's expert please answer this.

    btw, They said I will have all the files back 99% for sure, but I was afraid to mention them about my invisible folders.
     
  2. Orange Crane macrumors 6502

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    You will get your porn. The tech doing the file transfer will get your porn. They don't care about porn at the computer store if you tell them about it, it's not Iran or Oklahoma or anything.
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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    Since they will clone the HDD, making a 1:1 copy, invisible files and folders are included, as your manually hidden folder is not the only hidden item on there.

    Btw, it is called iMac.
     
  4. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    Pro tip. Create an encrypted Sparsebundle image next time ;-)
     
  5. ancelrick macrumors member

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    if it's child porn , they'll have the cops return the computer to you but other than that , nothing to worry about..

    :)
     
  6. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

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    I'm surprised about how often this happens. You'd think they would know better that if you're committing a felony on your computer, you may not want to hand it over to other people to be fixed.

    If it's normal porn, no one will even pretend to notice. That's the only thing the internet is good for, right?
     
  7. charles890111 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    of course not!

    Of course it's not child porn! only sick people do that.

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    I just talked to them on the phone, about customer privacy. They are not allow to copy my data file and keep it to them self right? Is it illegal if they copy my stuff without my permission. They said they won't do it, if they do that will go to jail, is it true?
     
  8. TX328F macrumors newbie

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    Well, what you should do with your personal stuff is saving it in an encrypted image that you can mount and dismount at will. Instructions can be easily found in the Mac sites. Of course you should also backup your Mac with Time Machine! The backup can be encrypted as well.
    This way, if you have an issue with your computer, you can be confident that nobody will be able to read your stuff, unless you provide the password.
    Please note that if your computer is lost or stolen you would be in the exact same situation. In addition, you are concerned about pictures/videos, but what about your bank/tax data? Everything that is personal should be protected.
     
  9. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

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    No, they aren't allowed to do that. Also, they would at the very least lose their job if they did.

    I don't know specifically about the Apple store, but most workplaces that deal with sensitive data (like personal client data) have very strict rules about bringing tech owned storage devices into the work area.

    You've also been given good advice about creating encrypted disk images for items you want private (like sensitive financial data, medical records, and you know - porn).

    That way you won't have to worry about this if you need to get your computer serviced again. Or it gets lost. Or stolen.
     
  10. Orange Crane macrumors 6502

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    Of course in reality most people who work in computer repair have large collections of music and/or porn gleaned from the hard drives of customers. It happens. Oh well. If its homemade porn then lesson learned.

    I pulled my mbp hd when I first got the computer and installed a fresh 1 tb drive in its place. If the computer ever has to go in for service I'll put the stock drive with nothing but the os back in and I know my files are secure.
     
  11. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Your data is being lost, and what you care about is your pr0n stash? Get some internet dude!
     
  12. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

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    Quick! Buy Now! We're almost all out!
     

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