***MBA*** Deleted Everything no Back-UP

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by DanielQCl, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. DanielQCl macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2014
    Well here it is i deleted everything on my mac book air now the only thing i can do is use the recovery on the internet when doing so it asks to check administration to start before apple login shows up it freezes on loading screen nothing to do, anyone have any idea how to fix this issue let me know $1000.00 + computer completly useless right now...:mad::mad::mad::apple:
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    How did you delete everything? Were you in Disk Utility and removed the partition or something?
  3. DanielQCl thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2014
    i had my brother in law over i was in disk utility and he thought he knew what he was doing to delete and start the computer over all he did was delete all mac drives loin etc i spent $25 to get new osx from apple store and when i use internet recovery it freezes when loading administration
  4. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Without a proper back up, I'm afraid there isn't much that you can do to restore the data. Typically, once the partition has been deleted, there is no practical, or inexpensive way to recover the data.
  5. DanielQCl thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2014
    Is it possible for a tech to be able to fix this problem, got any idea how much this could cost me.:apple:
  6. sundragon macrumors regular


    Dec 27, 2011
    Washington, DC
    Wiping a hard drive doesn't wipe the files, it just deletes the pointers to the files. The actual files are still there.

    DO NOT Reinstall OS X as it will overwrite the shadow files!!!

    I'm not sure if there are any retail programs that will allow you to reclaim the files (I know a few Windows programs that will but they don't work on Mac partitions).

    Yes, You need to Google data recovery places. You will send them your computer. They will do what's needed and restore your "home" folder with your files.

    It won't be cheap.

    There may be someone on here that knows a reputable place or may know program that will do what I just mentioned above.

    Good luck!
  7. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Yes, it's possible, and like the person above me said, it won't be cheap. You need to find a data recovery company to help out.
  8. cyber16, Mar 5, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2014

    cyber16 macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2013
    What about tools like Disk Drill or this method?

    Whatever you do, you should first make an image of the air ssd drive first with a utility tool.
    Do not install anything onto the ssd, it would be best to remove that drive, use an external drive or purchase a used ssd so at least you can use your air.
    Maybe purchase an external enclosure for the air ssd so it can be worked on later.
  9. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Not bothering to make file backups is just waiting for something to happen to them.

    Time Machine is an excellent backup solution that requires very little effort from the user. A Time Capsule is almost plug and play.
  10. hindmost macrumors regular


    Jan 14, 2009
    So true. So true. Over long years with many Macs I learned that backups are the best, and often only, insurance to catastrophic loss of every scrap of data file on the machine. I use SuperDuper to clone to a cheap external drive once every week or so. I also use an external 'enclosure' with an old spare hard drive that was once in one of my Macs. I keep that clone in my car in event my house is lost. Finally, I let Time Machine make hourly updates on my Time Capsule Router. This is not a great or complex task.
  11. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011

    Not to sound harsh, but when will people learn that backups are extremely important and probably one of the first things they should do with data. I have backups in house, in cloud and off site. I am never nervous about losing my data. Data recovery is a lot more expensive than an initial backup system.
  12. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    I second this one. I keep 3 separate backups (two external drives at home, in which one of them's in the safe, plus another one that's brought back weekly from my workplace) and also a backup of my most important documents in my Microsoft OneDrive (I've 28GB of lifetime storage there). I perform backups daily, except for the drive which I bring home from my workplace weekly.

    Just in case anything goes wrong (such as theft or fire), at least I've got something to fall back on. It's always better to be safe than sorry.

    To the OP, your best bet would be to purchase a Thunderbolt cable, hook up the MBA to another Mac and use it in Target Disk Mode. Then, on the other Mac, use a utility like Data Rescue 3 and recover data from your MBA.
  13. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    I think this will happen about the same time that people learn not to place cups full of liquids next to their laptop computers. :D
  14. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    It's the "It won't happen to me" mentality...Well, as illustrated here, it can happen to anyone. Running without backups would give me nightmares and sleepless nights...With cheap, affordable USB drives costing as little as £50.00 these day's, it just doesn't make sense to run without cover, Accidents happen, even to the most experienced of us.


    Data recovery specialist can probably get your data back but they are very very expensive as posted.. A few ideas:


    It won't hurt to give them a call, but be well prepared for a shock...A typical 1TB HDD can cost in excess of $1000 to recover.
  15. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    The answer to your question is obvious: Clever people learn from their mistakes. Wise people learn from other peoples mistakes. Stupid people never learn, clever people learn after their first costly data loss, wise people learn when they hear of other people's costly data loss.

    The thread also gives a clear example that "a little knowledge is dangerous".

    To the original poster:

    I'd make an appointment at the Apple Store, and they should be able to restore the OS. If any error messages come up, they should be able to handle that as well - much better than we can when we can't see the exact error messages. It's not really much work for them; you'll just have to stay in the store for quite some time until internet recovery has finished, so don't get an appointment late in the evening. They _may_ have an installer on an external disk, which would make things a lot quicker. Next, buy an external hard drive and turn on Time Machine. Because one day, may be in five years time, your Mac will break beyond repair, and then you'll want a backup. (Also very handy if your MacBook is stolen).


    My grandchildren learned the hard way that if they hold cans of soft drinks, all laptops and iPads disappear and don't return. (They were also told that unlike their parents' car, granddad's car wouldn't start unless everyone had their seat belts on; by the time they figured out the truth, they were used to wearing seat belts).
  16. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    A Data recovery outfit outta able to do something about it but it's gonna cost you usd$hundreds. Are your data worth it? Only u know the answer.

    If data not important you can certainly re-install OSX from scratch to resuscitate the machine to its factory-new condition. You don't want to deal with it, am sure Apple can do it for less than usd$100.

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