Help!! Lost iTunes files on external hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jpspecial, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. jpspecial macrumors newbie

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    I keep my iTunes music on an OWC external firewire hard drive to save space on my aging iMac. Stupidly, as I was replacing old data on the external hard drive with more recent data (iPhoto and Garageband--which I store on my computer's hard drive), I replaced my entire 36 gb iTunes music on the external hard drive with iTunes music from my mac that is empty!

    Is there a way I can recover my data from the external hard drive? What happens when you replace files? Where does it go? What tools can I use?

    Thanks so much. I'm so sick to my stomach I don't think I'll be able to enjoy my Thanksgiving meal!
     
  2. Ice-Cube macrumors 6502a

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    Stop writing files to the external drive IMMEDIATELY. Chances are you can still recover files using 3rd party software.
     
  3. jpspecial thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Which 3rd party software would you recommend? Or should I take it to my nearest Apple Store?
     
  4. Laurencia7 macrumors 6502

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    do you have time machine? you can undo some of the files lost...but i would take the drive and the mac to the apple store just to see if they can help the stress. Losing files sucks.
     
  5. Bennieboy© macrumors 65816

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