Had to erase HD and reinstall OS - can I retrieve files?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mitya33, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. mitya33 macrumors newbie

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    My HD recently got corrupted, beyond the powers of the disk repair utility, and I had to reinstall the OS.

    I erased the HD of its current content first, but in a way that, it said, would allow certain clever disk programs to retrieve the files later (i.e. I didn't zero or 7-style erase the disk).

    The question is: how do retrieve? I installed something called Wondershare Data Recovery, but that's not currently giving me any love. I've heard of Data Warrior but they want lots of money and don't offer a free trial, which, given I have no guarantee it will actually do anything, is not an overly attractive idea.

    Am I doomed?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. PerformaGuy macrumors member

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    Try Disk Drill. I believe there is a free/basic version.
     
  3. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000

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    Did you have a Time Machine Backup and/or a Time Capsule? I'm not even sure you can retrieve some data if you already reinstalled over it, but I'm not sure about this.
     

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