Have I just deleted all my stuff?!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Draeconis, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. Draeconis macrumors 6502a

    May 6, 2008
    I updated my iTunes Library to iTunes Plus just now, but my Mac wasn't connected to my drive with my music on, so it downloaded it locally to another iTunes folder.

    When I copied the local folder across to my external drive to consolidate it, it's wound up overwriting the entire music folder with just the tracks it downloaded just now.

    Have I basically deleted all my music? The drive isn't covered by my Time Machine, which only backs up my Mac (due to space limitations).
  2. oli2140 macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2008
    Unfortunately yes.

    If you selected replace when copying the folder over onto your external drive you cannot get those original files back without a specialist piece of software.

    From Google, you may want to try


    Unfortunately it's not free but someone else might have a better suggestion of what to use.
  3. SHADO macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2008
  4. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
    Data Rescue 2 is the very best for data recovery (speaking form experience.)
  5. Matek macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2007
    OS X handles this operation slightly differently than windows, too bad you had to learn about it on such a severe case :(
  6. windowpain macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2008
    Is it too late to try 'edit' 'undo' ?

    If you need to consolidate files there is a consolidate option in the itunes.

    You could also try contacting apple and telling them what happened, I believe they let you redownload any songs you have bought from the itunes store. (It may be a one time thing though..so back things up on a dvd just in case.)

    Edit: link
  7. Draeconis thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 6, 2008
    Cheers for the replies guys, I've emailed Apple and hopefully should be able to get the other bits of my Library back! I've had OS X for nearly a year, unforgivable mistake :p
  8. cawesjmu macrumors 6502

    Apr 4, 2004
    Richmond, VA
    you could try this software. It's free and I've never used it but I saw it and then I saw your post and thought I'd mention it. Good luck.
    File Recovery 2.0

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