free recovery software for rm * (totally erased)?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by stoopkitty, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. stoopkitty macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2010
    Hi, someone recently logged onto my mac in safe boot mode (as root of course), and typed rm *

    yes. i know. dont even ask how it happened.

    anyway, now when i boot up my mac, it just boots with the white screen and stays there.

    is there any free, easy(ish), but most importantly free software that recovers computers from complete deletes like this. no, i have not booted the computer since this happened, so nothing should have been overwritten on the data yet.

    i found TestDisk, but I'm not sure if this is what I want to use. I need a cd that I can boot from that will do this, it seems to me that for TestDisk to work you need to have a bootable operating system.

    anyone know of any good ones?
  2. chris98vf macrumors regular


    Mar 3, 2010
    Filesalvage 7.0 works pretty good, I've used it to recover files after a clean install of OS X. You could boot from a disk with an external hdd attached and pull the data you need and dump it to the external then do a clean install of OS X. There may be better ways but I know that one works.
    See what some other people say.

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