My Mac deleted my Stuff!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by thumper, Mar 19, 2006.

  1. thumper macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2003
    Under the Sea
    Ive been downloading some files from work using
    Transmit. its over 4 gigs of video. last night i was 2 hours away
    from completion then my friend decided to restart my mac...

    now for some reason my file is back to 0kb. so i guess
    OS X deletes any unfinished files on restart...

    is there anyway to retrieve these files??? they wernt in the trash
  2. Dane D. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 16, 2004
    Lesson #1 never interrupt your computer when it is working. Of course you have to start over. Don't blame the computer, blame yourself for letting somebody touch it well work is being done. I'm still old school in my computer habits, I don't to multiple tasks, I don't run apps in the background, like iTunes or email. I believe the computer will do its work faster if it devotes it CPU time to the task I want to complete. I run 3 apps, Photoshop, Quark and Illustrator all day, I need the CPU for those apps. If you want music then turn on a stereo or use an iPod. Get in the habit of checking for email manually. And don't let friends touch your computer.
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Really, what happens is *not* dependent on OS X. It's dependent on Transmit, and whether or not it was designed to recover interrupted transmissions. The file might be somewhere in a cache file, but Transmit has to have a system of committing part of the code to the file being downloaded in the filesystem. It isn't an OS X thing. This issue is true for downloading software on every platform. I'm sure you can find an alternative to Transmit (is that FTP or gnutella?) that has such a feature....
  4. jkballer23 macrumors member

    Mar 6, 2006
    if it is one large video file, then I would think it would not complete if interupted. But, if there were lots of smaller files, then I would think some will still be left over if they were copied over completely.
  5. thumper thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2003
    Under the Sea
    i dont really care whos fault it was, :p
    thats not what this is about.

    i just want to know if its possible to recover the file
    with a program or something.:(
  6. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    Yes, it is possible, I do know that.

    *waits for mad jew to quickly solve this Mac mystery*
  7. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    In my opinion, Transmit is the best. It's FTP.
  8. jtalerico macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2005
    What dir were you saving it to?

    Go to that dir using Terminal then do a ls -all

    Post what you get.
  9. macOSX-tastic macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2005
    At the Airport. UK
    when you download files direct from safari, dont they save a .download file to the desktop (or wherever you save your files) so that you can resume if you interupt it?

    i can usually open half files, as long as they are images, audio or video.

    if you download through a service though, then the situation may be different.....have you tried spotlight to locate any files?

  10. khammack macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2004
    Portland, OR
    If transmit loses an entire file when a download is interrupted, I'd say that's a serious drawback no matter how convenient and featureful the rest of the program is.

    I use wget. Wget would have left a partially downloaded file, and if you restarted it would resume the download where it left off. Of course it's a command line / unix program.


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