Recovering deleted files...

Manuelrodrigues

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Original poster
Nov 16, 2011
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Hi There,

I've been a complete ass and deleted some very valuable movie files. Yes, I've put them in the trash can and emptied the mf-ing trash can. Let's not get into details. You can rest assured that I've punished myself enough for this. To make things worse, I just shot the movie files and therefore they did not enter my backup routine. I've got my backups up to date until an week ago but not up til the day before yesterday...

In an attempt to recover the files I've bought tech tools pro for 90 euros and spent 60 euro on data rescue 4 and until now i've had no luck in recovering them. I don't mind spending the money as long as I get the files back but so far none of my attempts got me anywhere. I've found a lot of old video files which I don't need but the last deleted don't pop up.

The files are on my retina mbp and I've started it in target disk mode so I don't mess with the data on the existing disk. They are a collection of 40 gb of *.mov video files. Various length and thus size.

If anybody could help or has some tips I would greatly appreciate it.

kind regards,

Manuel
 

Manuelrodrigues

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Original poster
Nov 16, 2011
39
6
Amsterdam
They might have been overwritten or fragmented, in which case you're sadly screwed.
Wel, they are big files. 30 files of 500 mb up til many gb per file and I understand that therefore the chance of them being overwritten is bigger. What gives me hope is that I have not encountered one of them and that score seems a little to perfect. I think I might be looking in the wrong place.
 

Fishrrman

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Feb 20, 2009
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If DataRescue can't find the files, you're probably not going to find them...
 

theBostonian

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If you're using an SSD odds are the TRIM command may have been executed along with other garbage collecting processes. It is very hard to recover deleted data from an OS that has SSDs & TRIM enabled.
 

Fishrrman

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Feb 20, 2009
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I know this doesn't help now, but I suggest a concept called "backing up your data" for the future...