Help getting files back that were delated and empty from trash

Discussion in 'iMac' started by cramazing, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. cramazing macrumors 6502

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    hi all, long story short, I have an iMac with files that i need back, (no time machine done) the user deleted files and then emptied them in the trash bin.

    I need to know what was deleted and get those files back.

    How can i do this?

    thanks!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Don't hold your breath. If you emptied the trash, it's quite likely the files are irrecoverable.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    Especially if the mac us being used afterwards, that is continuing to use it diminishes the slim odds even further.
     
  4. cramazing thread starter macrumors 6502

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    the Mac hasnt been used since
     
  5. michelg1970 macrumors regular

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    "Easiest" is to take out the hard drive, put it in a USB enclosure or the like and run Data Rescue on another mac. Or better yet, start up the imac in target disk mode (connect to other mac via FireWire) and use the other mac to run the software.

    Of course you can also install data rescue on the imac itself and run the program but using iMac means data may be lost.

    I use this program from time to time when needed for same reasons :)
     
  6. Chippy99 macrumors 6502a

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    You could try R-Studio as well. Boot from another drive and run R-Studio from there. Do not boot from the drive the files are on because any writes to that drive (log files or whatever) can overwrite your data.
     
  7. cramazing thread starter macrumors 6502

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    so no matter what I will have to take the HDD out of there?
     
  8. Chippy99 macrumors 6502a

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    No, as has been said above, you can either boot from another disk and access your hard disk from there. Or, better, put your Mac in target disk mode, boot another Mac and access your disk from there.
     
  9. maxosx macrumors 68020

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    It's easy.

    Pull the drive and send it here:

    http://www.drivesaversdatarecovery.com/
     
  10. michelg1970 macrumors regular

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    Yes you are right, boot into OS X on an external USB then do something like Data Rescue.

    For the OP: rest assured you can get almost everything back. Had to do this a few times when my ex-wife used the Mac and thought she deleted her tracks :)
     

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