Recovering trash

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Cabbit, May 1, 2007.

  1. Cabbit macrumors 68020

    Cabbit

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    ok so i put a bunch on files in the trash, one of witch was not ment to be deleted and then i emptyed it. How do i recover this.
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    First. STOP USING THE COMPUTER. NOW.
    Seriously, shut it off and log back onto MR with another computer.
    <waits>
    OK, welcome back
    The reason that you need to not use the computer is that OSX overwrites empty space very quickly relative to other operating systems. Recovering trashed data relys on tha fact that emptying the trash doesn't remove the data, it just removes its address from the catalog. So as long as the actual sectors of the hard drive where the data live(d) has not been used to store something new, then you have a chance of recovery. BUT - OSX actively writes swap files to the drive in the background, and does defragmenting at night, so it destroys the chances of recovery, and the longer you wait the less chance you have.

    The best program for recovering Mac data is DataRescue II from ProSoft But they also disclaim the chances of recovering OSX data after you empty the trash, for the reason above.
     
  3. Cabbit thread starter macrumors 68020

    Cabbit

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    without the funds for a licances its a folly atempt to recover the files, please o please bring time machine faster. Well only 300 .psd buttons to remake.
     
  4. osirisX macrumors regular

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    Manually backing up your data regularly would also be a good idea.
     
  5. maxp1 macrumors regular

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    Get a trash management program to avoid this in the future. There's a couple that will manage trashed files and allow you to recover them after you've emptied the trash. You can probably find one for about 10 bucks on Version Tracker.
     
  6. Cabbit thread starter macrumors 68020

    Cabbit

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    Whats a "bucks" ??
     
  7. ghall macrumors 68040

    ghall

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    In my best Data imitation:
    buck - US slang for dollar, form of currency equal to 100¢
    [​IMG]
     

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