is there any way to recover a file when you replaced its folder?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Raafael23, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. Raafael23 macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2011
    you know when you have 2 folders with the same name and the computer asks you if you want to replace it, keep both and such ? well, I did that to a very important folder that was on my external hard drive, now I don't know what to do… is there any way to recover the folder to its version before I replaced it?

    ps: information - I replaced using a mac OSX Lion, but I can use any softwares for windows since the folder is on my hard drive not on my laptop
    - also, they were photos, which I edited with photoshop, so maybe there's something I can do in photoshop, maybe?
    - it wasn't deleted, it was replaced!
  2. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    so when i file is replaced does it send the original to the trash?
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    When you "replace" a file or folder, that object skips Trash and is immediately deleted.

    To the OP: It may be possible to recover your files if you use file recovery software to do it. The premier consumer-level data recovery utility for the Mac is Prosoft's Data Rescue 3. You may download the utility before you pay for it. In demo mode, it will recovery a limited number of files.

    Three things:
    1. Do not write anything else to your external hard drive until you recover your deleted files.
    2. Do not recover files to the same volume that they were deleted from.
    3. Folders is logical constructs; not places that files are stored. If you can recover the folders in tact, then fine. However, you may also be able to recover your files even if you cannot recover the folder.
  4. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    PLEASE: Start backing up ALL your files. OS X includes Time Machine, which makes it easy.
    If you don't have a backup, you WILL lose data.
  5. Edie Brickell macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2010
    When you have replaced your folder it immediately modifies the last folder with the new name. However if you want to recover your folder you need to choose the software which can recover your files with folder name so that you can select the chosen folder and recover your lost data from that folder.

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