Specific file recovery situation at hand! Am I f**ked?!!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jigga84, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. jigga84 macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2009
    So at about 2 in the morning I was watching itunes TV shows (all 100+ GB were purchased from the iTunes store) on my macbook using an external hardrive as the source of the shows. When finished, intending to only delete the copied files from my macbook hard drive, I searched 'tv shows' in the spotlight and opened the 'tv shows' from the external, not from the macbook's, hard drive. I trashed them, and emptied the trash (I DID NOT secure empty). I Shut the computer off right away after I realized what I did. Is there any way I can get these files back? If it seems possible to anyone, I would probably send it to a specialist rather than try on my own? Am I screwed??
  2. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2004
    Missouri, USA
    FileSalvage ;)

    I wish apple would let you re-download your files. For this very reason. Everywhere else that i know of allows this, Xbox Live, Amazon....
  3. jigga84 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2009
    and you've got a pretty good idea that, under these circumstances, it'll work?

    -cus this is a couple thousand dollars worth of media. Wonder if a lawsuit would change their tone? holy **** hope its not all lost
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    I've had FileSalvage work for me in the past with files worth a lot more than that :eek:

    But there are a couple of points:
    1) You should have backups. No ifs, not buts, you should.
    2) I fail to see what your lawsuit would allege. If you throw your DVDs in the trash will the store you bought them from just give you new ones?

    Anyways, if all else fails the iTMS people have an email address you can contact them on. Similarly clumsy and ill prepared people have had re-downloads enabled for them in the past once they explained their stupidity. I'd suggest contacting them and seeing what they say. But keep your tone nicer than that post: they would be doing you a favour...
  5. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    What are you talking about, all problems can be solved with a lawsuit.
  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
  7. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I have had a file "given" back to me and I did not delete it, it downloaded with an odd file name and extension and was impossible to find. But Robbie is right, you should have backups and you (the OP) is dead wrong.
    He seems to believe that because he made a mistake he should sue Apple and his goal would be to recover damages (he damaged himself but why pay for his own mistake) and maybe Apple would allow for files to be re-downloaded (this would be nice).

    I love it when people seem to think that lawsuits somehow fix their own mistakes. Then again, if we didn't have people like the OP then what would we laugh at?

    Maybe this should be a class action lawsuit! Years of work for $25 vouchers!
  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
  9. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
    Try Data Rescue 2. It's worked well for me.
  10. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    You had me up until this point. On exactly what grounds would you sue Apple? That they were negligent in allowing you to empty your trash immediately after you delete something? That downloaded media should be write- (or more specifically, delete-) protected? IANAL, but if I were a defendant in a lawsuit like this one I wouldn't exactly be shaking in my boots.

    If you were to contact Apple at all, you might be better off asking them how to recover these items, rather than threatening a lawsuit. Just a thought.

    On a slightly different topic - I've never understood people's need to delete something and then immediately empty the trash (I know others who routinely do this). It seems to me that habitually emptying the trash immediately whenever you delete something seems to negate the benefits of having the trash folder in the first place.

    Yes, I end up with a lot of cr@p in my trash - but if it's there for three months and I don't miss it, I empty those items. Really, to me the trash folder isn't all the cumbersome.
  11. bsheridan macrumors 6502


    Jan 11, 2008
    When my sis's HD messed up I had to reinstall windows on it for her, ie. I reformatted it and lost everything including her itunes downloads. I emailed apple on one of the support help forms on the site and they said to do this:

    Open itunes and click 'Store' tab in the menubar and 'Check for available downloads'. You'll have to be signed into your itunes account.

    Everything just started to download again. All my sis's purchases were mp3s so I'm not sure what the deal is for tv shows movies etc.
    I'm not sure if this was possible because I emailed them or it is a 'feature'. Worth a shot I guess.


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