So I messed up pretty good.....

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by davidwarren, May 12, 2008.

  1. davidwarren macrumors 6502a

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    I bought a new SeaGate freeagent Pro external HD, firewire 400 and 500GB for like $150, a pretty good deal I thought. Got home, hooked it up, and instead of just reformatting it with disk utility like I planned, I used the build-in program that came with the disk.

    Well, I bought it to have a larger HD for my atv movies that I serve off my iMac, and take the old HD to work for my time machine backup. The software said that it would completely erase and reformat the freeagent drive, and I of course said ok. Well, the HD my movies are on is also called freeagent, the same as the new drive was, so the program formatted both drives!!!

    I was so pissed when I realized what I had did, but I bought and downloaded Data Rescue II, based off a search of this forum. It is running now, and has two more hours to finish, so I hope that it recovers my movies.....

    Just a warning to anyone who is in this same position, just use disk utility!!!!

    I will update when the recovery program is done...
     
  2. mr.light macrumors 6502

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    Yup. Messed up good. :eek:
    Hope you get your movies back
     
  3. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    Ouch!

    Definitely, though...ALWAYS ignore the software that comes bundled with hard drives. They are never needed.
     
  4. davidwarren thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ok...

    So it seems as if the data rescue will work, but all my .mp4's are being recovered as .mov's, so I have to change the extension of all of them, but they are coming through. VERY SLOWLY!! about four hours for the scan and an additional four hours for the recovery. I have about 150 GB on an external USB drive, but it is still sooooo slow! I am just happy that it is working, loosing that many movies would really be a downer. :(
     
  5. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    Get a free program like Renamer4Mac. Should be able to change those extensions for you pretty quickly.
     
  6. davidwarren thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks, that worked great.
     
  7. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    did you end up getting them all back?? if you just reformatted without doing a zero-install (which the application wouldnt have) then you would be able to get 99% of them all back.

    so i hope your sweet :)
     
  8. davidwarren thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    it seems that all the movies are back, but some of them are corrupted, not that many though. I would much rather just have to re-rip 10 movies rather than 200.
     

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