Recover deleted files for +6 mths without using time machine

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  1. harasa, Aug 20, 2015
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    harasa macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I need to recover some deleted files (1 excel file, 1 text edit file, and few images) that was deleted well over 6 months ago... I never enabled time machine on my macbook pro, so using time machine cannot solve this problem. Is there any way to recover my deleted files? I don't remember the file names, all I can think of is the rough time period of when I deleted them. Please, if anyone knows any way to solve this issue, your help will be greatly appreciated.

    Also, if there's a way, I want to know if I can recover files ONLY from a certain time frame, instead of recovering ALL files that were deleted up until now.
     
  2. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Unless you haven't emptied your trash almost certainly not, you have most likely physically overwritten the data area used by the files with new data, rendering the previous files incomplete or wholly overwritten.

    There are free file scanning tools that you could run if you know the type of file concerned but they will likely find ALL image files for instance, with no file names so it may be a huge job to sort through them but that would only work if the files haven't been overwritten.
     
  3. harasa thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for your reply.
    I have emptied my trash countless times since then, so the files must have been overwritten.
    An excel file is what I need to recover the most and since I never kept too many excel files on my mac, free file scanning tool won't be a strenuous job... but following what you said, I see that this won't work because the files been overwritten.

    Do you know by any chance if a file recovery program like mac free any data recovery or stellar phoenix mac data recovery would miraculously solve the problem? I mean, something that I can easily get from google search...
    Or is my chance zero..?
     
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Give things a try but I would imagine your chances are fairly low to pretty much none now.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    I think the odds are rather low in recovering the files, but as mentioned it can't hurt at this point. I'd highly recommend enabling Time Machine at this point though
     
  6. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Yep try it but I think the chances are low, but it should only cost you time to see. Fingers crossed!
     
  7. BrienSmith43 macrumors newbie

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    I don't think that you can recover only from a certain time frame. Moreover you can't recover file names using Deep scan, try to filter by file type, date and size and then click the preview button to preview the file and see if it is the one you are looking for. Preview feature is always free. You don't have to buy anything until you are sure that your data can be recovered. You can scan your drive and preview your files with Disk Drill Basic
     

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