NEED HELP RETRIEVING FILE

Espnetboy3

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Is there any way possible to get back a file I deleted last week from my trash!
 

dsharits

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I don't think there is. I know there are third-party apps like TechTool Pro than can recover data, but I don't know of anything that will recover files without being installed when the file was deleted. I may be wrong, and I hope, for your sake, I am.
 

ham_man

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Assuming you didn't do a secure delete, where the section of the hard drive containing the file is randomly flipped with ones and zeros, there is a possibility of recovery, albeit with a 3rd party utility. Don't no of any personally, but there should be a few programs that a simple Google search would turn up. Good luck...
 

emw

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You could try this. I've never used it - perhaps someone who has can chime in.

But it's going to be unlikely that something deleted over a week ago would still be recoverable...
 

MacDawg

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Gonna take a lot of hard work and help from a real computer geek to accomplish this. Good luck, but it can probably be done... unless it has been overwritten completely.

Woof, Woof - Dawg
 

Espnetboy3

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It was raw footage I had on my slave drive. I deleted it thinking i would do a log and capture of the good takes again instead of having this huge file. Thats why and how it got deleted buddy. Everyone else thanks for the posts, very apreciated.
 

cooknwitha

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Switzermac said:
Why did you delete it in the first place
Obviously so he could post here and ask how to recover it. What a stupid question.

I remember when I got Norton Anti-Virus there was some software included with it which did data recovery. And to my surprise I ran it (out of curiosity) and there were files there that I had deleted about 2 weeks prior. Unfortunately, I just can't remember what the software was called. I got rid of Norton not long after I bought it. I'll see if I can find its name.

EDIT: Okay, I'm starting to think it was Norton UnErase which is part of Norton Utilities. Don't know whether it will work or not but it's another option I guess. Good luck with it.
 

CanadaRAM

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cooknwitha said:
I remember when I got Norton Anti-Virus there was some software included with it which did data recovery. And to my surprise I ran it (out of curiosity) and there were files there that I had deleted about 2 weeks prior. Unfortunately, I just can't remember what the software was called. I got rid of Norton not long after I bought it. I'll see if I can find its name.

EDIT: Okay, I'm starting to think it was Norton UnErase which is part of Norton Utilities. Don't know whether it will work or not but it's another option I guess. Good luck with it.
Your experience was under OS9, was it not?

Several important differences:
Norton Utilities and Systemworks should never be used on an OSX system. There is a real chance of catastrophic destruction of data if NU c rashes while "repairing" or "optimizing" an OSX drive

OS9 is inherently more recoverable than OSX because the deleted files' sectors of the drive are much less liable to be overwritten by the OS.

Many file recovery programs require you to have been running a monitoring program all along, BEFORE your crash/erasure event. The software maintains independent lists of current and deleted files, which it uses to retrieve the infromation when the OS's catalog has been altered.

This backup list isn't available to use on a deletion or crash when you haven't been previously running the program.
 

cooknwitha

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CanadaRAM said:
Your experience was under OS9, was it not?
I was actually running OSX. And that's why I got rid of it very quickly. The person in the shop recommended it to me and then problems started happening so I retured it and ran away. Still virus free!!

So the recovery was also done in OSX. That said, I remember the options of files I'd previously deleted were a little erratic. Some older files were there but newer ones weren't.

Oooo, now that you mention it, in order to run the Anti-virus is was required to reboot as OS 9 (possible with that iMac). So maybe that was how the data recover was done too. Oooo, now I'm confused.