recover replaced file

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by aldog, May 23, 2008.

  1. aldog macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2007
    I just got a new external harddrive and I was copying everything to it, I cancelled the process so I could try something else, then I dragged the folder again and clicked replace.
    But I did it the wrong way.
    the first time I did it I went like this

    Mac HD --> external
    and then I stupidly went like this
    external --> mac hd

    therefore replacing the files with nothing.
    I'm so ashamed...this is 19gb of footage that I need terribly bad.
    Am I screwed?

    nevermind, the more i read the more I am dissapointed.
    I'm going to go throw up now.
  2. djedgar macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2009
    i am in the same ****

    Hi , i didnt see any replies or solutions to the same problem, did you get any answers.

    i am screwed too, i have lost 35gb of protools sessions and audio.

    these are famous artists

    how come mac didnt come up with a solution for this.

    please let me know if anyone has an answer to recover replaced files.

    what a stupid move.
  3. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
  4. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2008
    North Shore, MA
    I've had pretty good luck with Data Rescue 2 in the past. The only downside is that you are going to have to wade through a bunch of files to find what you are looking for as the directory information is toast. If it comes to it (and the data is worth it) a professional data recovery service may have better luck but is a lot more costly (in the range of $1000+). Regardless of what you do, stop using the drive! The more you use it, the lower the chance of recovering anything useful.

    As for the deletion problem, the system DID tell you what was going to happen and Apple already has a backup solution called "Time Machine". Other than that it's your responsibility to set it up and/or perform your own backups for vital files. Apple can't and won't protect you from yourself.
  5. aldog thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2007
    I hope that those answers work for you, I never went too far trying to recover it. I finally just got rid of my shame and went to the owner of the footage to recapture it again.

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