Reformated Mac, Forgot to back up pictures

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by icedt, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. icedt macrumors newbie

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    is there any way in hell i would be able to get them back?
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Yes. Use your backup.

    If you don't have one, you can try Data Rescue. And then buy a backup drive.
     
  3. flatfoot macrumors 65816

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    If you haven't zeroed-out the drive and haven't overwritten the data with, say, a new OS install or any other data, you will likely be able to recover your stuff with some data recovery software.

    Search versiontracker.com: "data recover"
    Those are usually not free, but if you want to get your photos back...
     
  4. icedt thread starter macrumors newbie

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    When you say zero-out out the drive you mean delete the drive then install the OS on it. If thats the case thats exactly what i did.

    I havent overwritten any files on the pictures folder. It is empty.
     
  5. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    No, zeroing out is a specific security option selected during format that renders data unrecoverable. If you didn't select this option, you may be able to recover your data.
     
  6. Dan73 macrumors 6502a

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    If you didn't already reinstall the OS and those pictures are important to you then DON'T TOUCH the drive at all. Remove it and hook it up to another computer and use recovery software to get them back.

    If you reinstall the OS and other things it is possible the pictures are already destroyed, and software might not be able to help.
     
  7. Dan73 macrumors 6502a

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    Thats not how hard drives work, things don't go in the same places. So the pictures may of already been overwritten by installing the OS.
     
  8. icedt thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have already reinstalled the OS. At this point in time can i do anything to recover?
     
  9. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Yes.

     

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