Serious help needed asap! friends mbp wiped by ex girlfriend!

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  1. LeeM macrumors 6502a

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    my friends macbook pro has been wiped via icloud by his ex, he's just realised last night shes been gps tracking him with find my iphone, then when he got home shes wiped his laptop, its happened before but the apple store were able to recover the data, they say this time everythings gone!
    can i remove the hdd and recover the data? mainly his mp3's as hes a dj and has a huge collection that would take forever to replace
    once the datas recovered the apple store can sort out the rest of the problems, im not interested in unlocking it, just getting music off it
     
  2. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    You can try. There is plenty of software that can do this.

    I used one that was awesome, but I cant remember what its called.
     
  3. justperry macrumors 604

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    Depends, if FileVault 2 was on there is no chance to recover anything.
     
  4. LeeM thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    whats filevault 2? when i turn it on i get the welcome screen asking for language then the following screen

    [​IMG]
     
  5. Ploki macrumors 68020

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    It has been wiped BEFORE and he didn't change password?!

    He ****ing deserves it...

    Data Rescue 3
     
  6. justperry macrumors 604

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    FileVault2 = whole Disk Encryption.

    If you want to recover (Lets say FV2 was not on) you should not go ahead with reinstalling, then it is guaranteed to loose Data.
     
  7. F1 Fan, Apr 3, 2013
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    I can't agree with that. He certainly didn't help himself but he doesn't deserve it any more than someone deserves to be burgled because they accidentally left their keys in the front door. The fault lies with the perpetrator - always does.

    Ethics aside, I kinda hope he can't get the data back. Not because I wish him any harm but because if he can then this remote wipe "security feature" is about as much use as a water soluble fishing line!
     
  8. LeeM thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    password was changed, password recovery info wasnt, she'd changed his secondary email address or something by the look of it.

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    can i use data rescue 3 in target disk mode?
     
  9. justperry macrumors 604

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    Yes.
     
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    Well crap, I guess I better enable 2 factor authentication after all. Sure was hoping I could avoid that but this business with people hacking each other for no real reason but to cause mayhem and strife is ridiculous. Gotta protect ourselves at the cost of convenience I guess.
     
  12. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    ...and it's not backed up? He should seriously reconsider not using backups.
     
  13. vatter69 macrumors 6502a

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    That was my first thought. What does a 1tb hdd cost? Exactly. Anyhow - good luck with the recovery.
     
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    Good point, a DJ, needs it for his job and does not have a backup, not smart.
     
  15. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020

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    Please tell me his ex is a teenager.
    It reminded me of this.
     
  16. duervo macrumors 68000

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    It's not that unheard of. Happens lots of times, in fact. Hindsight plays a wonderful part in those stories.

    What wouldn't be smart is if a person suffered data loss, didn't have backups, and then after recovery, still didn't start backing up their data. That wouldn't be smart.

    Now that's not very smart at all.
     
  17. Asuriyan macrumors 6502a

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    I find restraining orders to be prudent in these scenarios.

    The file recovery utilities I use are for NTFS only- I'll check around for something that works with HFS+.
     
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    crafty bitch... I like her :D
     
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    This is about the best tool you'll find http://www.grc.com/sr/whatitdoes.htm

    On a side note, he should press charges. This kind of behavior is unacceptable and people need to learn there are consequences when they behave like this. It really is criminal!!!
     
  20. LeeM thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ive just took him to town to buy an external drive, a 64gb usb keyring and a firewire cable, currently running data rescue 3 vie target disk mode. the drive is completely blank so hopefully this will do the job.

    cheers for the help
     
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    Please let us know whether you're successful.
     
  22. chrise2 macrumors 6502

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    I agree with this. If that utility can recover the data, then remote wipe is mostly useless.

     
  23. LeeM thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    data rescue has found a lot so far by the look of things, still 8 hours to go though
     
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    But you are missing the very key point....if you wipe a drive by reformatting it......these data recovery tools will ALWAYS be able to recover some of the data. You would have to do some dort of multiple pass data erase where it deletes the data and overwrites the sectors with zeros. This is the only way to wipe data and be sure it cannot be recovered.

    http://www.wikihow.com/Permanently-Erase-Data-Off-a-Hard-Drive
     
  25. justperry macrumors 604

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    Whole disk encryption as in FileVault2 is another way, if it is on no data can be recovered.
     

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