target disk mode question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tft87, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. tft87 macrumors newbie

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    So basically my macbook crashed and I'm trying to recover any files from it (hoping they are still available). I'm able to boot up the crashed mac into target disk mode. Once I do that and connect it to another mac, I click on the "Macintosh HD" button on the working mac and there's a list of folders in it, like applications, home, library, etc. The problem is there is nothing in any of the folders. Does this mean I've lost everything from my crashed computer? This is my first time doing anything like this. Thank you for any help.
     
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Your data has been corrupted or your drive has failed. I would recommend following this article to get your data back, though it might cost you money at a data recovery service if you can't access anything.

    Glad you had backups, right? Right? ;)
     
  3. tft87 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So I downloaded a demo of data recovery, did a scan, and apparently it found my files. Do I have to buy the full version to recover my stuff or is there another way? Thanks
     
  4. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    You'd be better off asking the developer of that tool or doing a quick Google search than asking here.
     
  5. tft87 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well of course the developer will want me to buy the product. Someone here must know.
     
  6. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    First of all, we don't know which company you bought the data recovery software from. Second, there are most likely manual ways to do this. I don't know them off the top of my head, but I'm sure you could find guides on the internet.

    Recovering data isn't quick or easy. There is a reason hard drive recovery businesses charge $1000+ per drive. Just take this as an opportunity to learn from your mistake. Back up your data!! Most people have to experience once before they actually understand how expensive data recovery can be.
     

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