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

    Oct 5, 2012
    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


    Oct 5, 2012
    Try Disk Drill. I believe there is a free/basic version.
  3. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2008
    Beach Cities, CA
    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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