how to recover files from reformatted hard drive / computer?

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  1. joojooyoufather macrumors member

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    Hi there,

    I have an imac and a few months ago I wiped the computer using a 7 pass wipe or whatever it's called - i totally wiped everything off the computer as i thought it had a virus. I also then reformatted my external hard drive. My mac and my harddrive now have new data on but can you beleive it, I have lost a very important document which was on my mac before it was wiped and was on my external hard drive and I really need it back. CAN ANYONE GIVE ME SOME ADVICE ON RECOVERING THIS DOCUMENT? MANY THANKS.
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    You will need professional help... and a miracle... in that order

    Check with a professional data recovery service, but don't expect much

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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  4. JNB macrumors 604

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    And just to be clear, you didn't have a virus. There are currently none in the wild for OS X.
     
  5. joojooyoufather thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you people for your help. I have just downloaded Data Rescue so will have a try with that.
     
  6. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    If you actually ran a 7 pass erase, nothing is going to get the data back. The recovery programs depend on the disk not being overwritten.
     
  7. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    The 7-pass erase is the US Department of Defense standard for wiping data. There is absolutely nothing that can be done to get the data back. Don't waste your time.
     
  8. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    The OP's original post is unclear as to whether both drives got a 7 pass , or if only the internal did with the external getting a reformat.

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  9. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    It doesn't sound like the 7-pass was run on the external, which held the file as well.
     

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