Folders and Documents Deleted

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  1. twinkies macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2015
    This is the type of computer I am using.
    MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012)
    Processor 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory 4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000 1024 MB

    Earlier today, I was trying to save a pdf and carelessly pressed ok on a pop-up that said the PDF was unable to save. After doing this several times, I went to check my documents in the finder, and almost everything was gone. All the folders I had organized, gone. All the documents that I had made, gone. I tried to search for them, but only could find documents that I had downloaded. I opened up microsoft word and tried to access the file through there, but it said the file could not be found and that I could try to manually find it. I tried to do that, but it just took me back to the finder. Is there anything I can do to restore these files? I would prefer not to have to purchase $100 recovery software. Thanks for your time and feedback.
  2. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000


    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    Invest $100 in recovery software, then another $100 on an additional disk and set up Time Machine.

    Regard the first $100 as the cost of a lesson on why you should backup before and not after you need to. It's a harsh lesson but most people including me have been there, done that.

    Perhaps also spend a few bucks on extra storage (if needed) with an offline backup. Might be icloud, dropbox, whatever. Good luck.

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