un-do delete?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by insan56, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. insan56 macrumors member

    May 17, 2005
    is there a program out there that will bring back some deleted data, because i accedentialy deleted some very important files!!!!!

  2. tag macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2005
    For starters if this happened a good bit ago you might not have much chance of restoring the deleted files, as because over time newer files overwrite older files therefor making recovery impossible.

    I don't know of any freeware solutions, but there are a few different programs that let you (supposedly, I haven't used any of this software personally) recover deleted files.

    There is
    FileSalvage. It offers a free trial, but it only allows you to see what it can recover, I believe to recover the files that you see with this program you have to register it, which is around $90US.

    There is also Data Rescue. This one will also show you exactly what it can recover but it will only allow you, in trial mode, to recover one file that is 500kb or smaller. Cost for this one is also about the same as the prior program.

    So these will at least tell you if there is even a chance of recovering the files. And always remember to install these onto a different disk than you are trying to recover, or else the deleted media could be overwritten.
  3. insan56 thread starter macrumors member

    May 17, 2005
    well, i only deleted them about an hour ago.... and it was a few music songs so they are more than 500K

    does anyone know of any free programs??? PLZ
  4. DarkNetworks macrumors 68000


    Apr 12, 2005
    i doubt u can get anything for free that will do it..but you know there alwiz "alternatives" on the web...
  5. DJO macrumors member


    Apr 28, 2004
    Spend money


    I recently lost a large number of files, l used Data Rescue and it recovered them perfectly. You will have to spend some money, but in my opinion it is worth it.

    Good luck,

    DJO:) :)
  6. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    And if this is and OS X machine, and if you hope to recover files STOP USING THE MACHINE!
    Turn it off. Seriously. Now.
    Every minute you use the machine, the better chance the files's sectors on the hard drive are being overwritten by OS X.
  7. alexstein macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2004
    You have to pay either way.
    Buy the Software for x amount of $ or buy the music again for x amount of $.

    IMO get the Software I'm pretty sure it will come in handy in the future. 30-40 bucks for some recovery software (or software in general) isn't all that much.

    Good Luck.
  8. Laser47 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2004
    Next Time Read Carefully, also as CanadaRAM said Stop using the machine until you find the software youll be recovering with. How many music files did you lose. If its less than the price of recovery software i would just rebuy the songs(if you bought them online). Also this is yet another reason to always make backups!
    Good luck and I hope you recover your files.
  9. insan56 thread starter macrumors member

    May 17, 2005
    well, thanx
    but i dont think that i am going to buy any software it was only one and a half CD's that i bought of iTunes... you think that iTunes would let you download songs that you have bought again!

    i will most likely re download the music... thanx for your help!

    i thought there would at lest be one free program for mac that could find deleted files!
  10. Will Cheyney macrumors 6502a

    Will Cheyney

    Jul 13, 2005
    United Kingdom
    Well, if you bought them all from iTunes, I'm pretty sure that you can download them again for nothing.
  11. Laser47 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2004
    most of the time apple will not let you re download the songs. But in some cases they will, when you call them tell them that your ipod or itunes deleted the songs and not you. If you blame it on them they are more likeley to allow you to redownload it.
  12. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Nope. There's a warning about backing up your music when you purchase it, as you will not be allowed to re-download music.

    And on that note, origianl poster, why not get the music off your back up? You DOOOOOO have a back up don't you?? ;)
  13. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    Here's a tip:

    Don't empty the trash. Just don't. The only time you really need to empty the trash is when you're running out of HD space (or if you're a power user and need a large scratch disk). I tend to empty trash only every couple of months. As long as you've got 10GB or so free, there's really no reason to empty trash.

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