Mac reinstalled, need file back

Discussion in 'macOS' started by MindBreaker, May 2, 2011.

  1. MindBreaker macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2010
    Hi there,

    I recently reinstalled my Mac, but I forgot to backup and now I need a very important file that I deleted because I ereased the whole disk. Is there a way to get it back? I have no Time Machine backup, but it's really important.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Odds are it's completely gone. Reinstalling usually involves a reformat and/or overwriting of existing data.
  3. logandzwon macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2007
    If it is important you can get it off a backup. If there is no backup, it's not important. If your having trouble with your backup maybe we can help you.
  4. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Taken literally, I wonder what that would mean. I think you mean you wiped it clean and installed the OS. Your file is gone. If you have a printed copy, make a new one.
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Not to sound harsh but perhaps this will be a painful lesson to always have a backup.
  6. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    While there is a chance that the file has been overwritten, the OS itself takes up only a small portion of the drive. If the file was elsewhere than where the install and temp files since then were, you may be able to use data recovery software to get it back. Try something like FileSalvage to get the deleted file back. You can use the demo to see if the file(s) can be recovered before you buy so if you find the file(s) are gone, you aren't out any money. Good luck. In the future as others have said, always make sure you backup before clean installing the OS. It's a painful lesson to learn.

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