Scanning hard drive for deleted files

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by mcmul, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. mcmul macrumors 6502

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    Is there anyway to scan hard disks (whether current or archived) for deleted files that may be there? That is, being able to see if its a photo or document and then opening/recovering it.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    To retrieve files, that have been deleted and also been emptied from the Trash, you can use
    Data Rescue 3 (trial lets you scan the HDD and see, if data is recoverable, but to actually recover files, you need to buy the full version for 99 USD) or
    FileSalvage (trial lets you scan the HDD and see, if data is recoverable, but to actually recover files, you need to buy the full version for 89.95 USD).​

    Also know, that you should immediately stop any writing processes to the actual HDD. If it is the same HDD as the one your operating system (OS) resides on, it is better to use an external HDD with Mac OS X on to boot from and install Data Rescue or FileSalvage onto to scan the HDD from which the data has been accidentally deleted.
     
  3. mcmul thread starter macrumors 6502

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  4. simsaladimbamba

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    DiskDrill was free in its beta stage, maybe you can find the beta somewhere.
     

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