Undeleting of a Deleted File over a Network

Discussion in 'macOS' started by willyq711, Jan 6, 2008.

  1. willyq711 macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2008
    Greetings everyone...

    I am yet another uneducated Windows user switched to MAC... FINALLY!! :D
    (Especially after I learned OSX is programmed over UNIX!)

    Here's my issue below:

    I have a shared SD card on a Windows XP machine. I accessed the card via my wireless network from my Macbook. I meant to move a folder named "Palm" from the SD drive's root directory to a Folder listed on the Doc of my Macbook, but mistakenly dropped the "Palm" folder over the trash icon. While in complete "idiot" mode, I clicked on the delete button when it asked for confirmation. I did not worry too much about canceling while it was deleting the folder because I thought I could just recover it from the Trash folder on my Macbook. Unfortunately, after it finished deleting, it does not appear in my Trash folder. I did not know if you delete a file over the network (on a PC) using a MAC that the deleted files or folder are not recoverable or at least don't appear in my Trash. Where did this folder go, and is it still recoverable??

    The SD card is intact and has not been used since this, only viewed by the Windows XP operating system of the PC where the SD card resides and my Macbook over the wireless network. What can I do here?? Is there a directory where this folder is hiding?? I am somewhat UNIX savvy, is there some command(s) I can use to recover it manually??

  2. aspro macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2005
    Hobart, Australia
    Unless its in the Windows recycle bin (I highly doubt it) I think you are out of luck.
  3. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2006
    get on to the xp machine, download and run this http://www.recuva.com/, and as long as nothing new has been put on the sd card you'll be fine.

    over the network probably wont work cause you need more control of the drive, well card. the file is not gone, but it is erased from the table of contents (basically) and just needs to be discovered again. but it could be written over as the card thinks its blank space.
  4. willyq711 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2008
    Hey guys,

    Thanks a million... but no cigar. I downloaded Recuva (which is quite an easy and handy program to have), but it would not list the deleted "Palm" folder after scanning the card. There were a few files it did list, but even the jpg files it did list, it was unable to properly recover, as when I tried opening them, XP returned an error that said it "could not read file header..." bla bla bla... This is quite awkward to me, as I used to be able to recover just about anything using Windows 98 and previous, as well as most Unix files (using SUN and SCO). I am quite impressed with the Apple/Unix security of when it deletes a file over the network, it means DELETE!!! Unfortunately, I'm not in the security business and am not storing files imperative to our nation's national security, therefore still wish I could recover these files. Thanks again anyhow... :rolleyes:

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