How do I restore files accidentally deleted by the move operation in finder?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by agro1986, Jul 3, 2014.

  1. agro1986 macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2014
    Hi all! I’m using Mavericks

    Suppose we have the folder /a/photos which contains


    And we have /b/photos which contains


    In the command prompt (terminal), if we write

    mv /b/photos /a/photos

    Then /a/photos will contain all of them (merged):


    However, I did the move operation in Finder (command+c, command+alt+v) and pressed the “overwrite” button thinking it has the same behavior as in mv

    Now all my original files in /a/photos are lost. The only thing remaining is:


    How do I recover my lost files?

    Thanks a lot
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    1. Stop using the drive involved -- IMMEDIATELY !!
    2. Get ahold of data recovery software (such as DataRescue3, Disk Drill, or Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery, or others)
    3. Run the data recovery software on the drive and see what it finds.

    However -- since you chose to over-write, there is a high possibility that at least -some- of the files in question are now overwritten and "gone".

    One last question:
    If the files in question were important, where's your backup ??????????

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