Recover files?

Beachguy

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I had just rebuilt my MBP (2012) when the computer locked up completely. The partition seems to be screwed up. I had not backed it up yet, but I did have some new things on it I would like to recover as opposed to using my old backup.

I can see the drive structure in the disk utility when I boot into recovery mode but I cannot figure out how to move the directories from the Mac to the external hard drive. I am missing out somewhere on a step or two (or three... four...)

Pointers, anyone?

Many thanks!
 

Beachguy

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I'll check both links.

But with a crewed up partition table, will I still be able to read it normally?
 

Fishrrman

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Take the problem drive OUT OF the Macbook.

Mount it in either:
- a USB enclosure
- a USB/SATA dock
- a USB/SATA dongle adapter

…. and connect to another Mac.

What happens now?
 

Beachguy

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Here in Florida we had a little rain event so I was not able to follow up yet. Looks like it’ll be a few days…
 

Beachguy

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Having gotten back to the adventure, I have the drive in a USB enclosure, connected to my MBA, and I can see it, but when I drop into the directories they are almost all empty. I'm letting Disk Warrior rebuild it.
 

JohnDS

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If DW can't rebuild it, your only solution may be DataRescue 4: https://www.prosofteng.com/downloads/

I believe they a trial demo which will give you a list of recoverable files, but only allow you to recover one file without paying. Once you are convinced that DR4 will recover your file, you have to pay to get a serial number to unlock the product to recover the remaining files in the list.