Flash drive data recovery: can't overwritten files be saved?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jv4356, Aug 17, 2008.

  1. jv4356 macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2008
    I'm having trouble retrieving some older files on my flash drive that I deleted some time ago (mostly Word and InDesign files). The free data recovery program I used couldn't retrieve them because it said that they were overwritten, 100%.

    My guess as to why they were overwritten is from an attempt I made to cram more work into the drive's already puny 512 MB of space.

    Does anyone know if there are specialized data recovery programs dealing with overwritten files, or if there are experts who can do so?
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    You're probably hooped. Overwritten is overwritten.
  3. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    I agree. Use a external HD or a bigger flash drive. the flash drives are relatively inexpensive compared to the old days..
  4. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    No kidding there! WalMart current has 4Gb Kingston MicroCruisers for $19.88 as part of a back to school promotions. Something like $11.88 for 2Gb.

    And BTW- Staples has PNY 8Gb ones for $22 this week too!
  5. jv4356 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2008
    Might it be possible to recover the data, albeit with a more advanced method?


    Also...I think that some of my files (but not all) are on my regular hard drive, but I lost them after reformatting last year (I forgot they were on there in addition to the flash drive). Unfortunately my data recovery program won't recognize any files from before the reformatting. My HD is about 120 GB, so I doubt that anything was overwritten.
  6. jv4356 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2008
    Sorry to nag, but I urgently need to figure out what to do. Also, can someone tell me whether or not it's possible to recover data from before reformatting my HD last year? I can't find anything older than the last reformatting. I should note that I have never come close to using up all of the space on my HD.
  7. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Unless you are willing to spend thousands of dollars on non-guaranteed specialist data recovery then no, not a chance.
  8. sundquist macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2008

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