Urgent help, erased wrong drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Wayne s, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. Wayne s macrumors regular

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    Just had a moment of complete madness and erased the wrong external drive using disk utility, I did not use any of the security options, what can I do now?

    Please tell me some good news.
     
  2. Batt macrumors 65816

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    There is no good news. Don't do anything more with the drive. Buy expensive recovery software, run it and pray.
     
  3. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

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    Maybe take a look at Data Rescue II. Not sure, how capable the demo version is, though.
     
  4. Wayne s thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks, but the demo only allows 1 file of 5MB or less to be recovered.
    I just lost about 20gig.

    Sod it, I have most of it backed up on DVD's but have been spending weeks sorting and re-naming stuff. Looks like an important lesson learnt.
     
  5. Batt macrumors 65816

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    Well, it's fortunate that you have most of it backed up on DVD, then. At least you can recover most of it, even if it will be a pain in the ass. Most important lessons are hard ones though, aren't they?
     
  6. OllyW Moderator

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    Sorry, I can't help get your files back but for the future, I recommend this.
     
  7. Wayne s thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's the big kick in the teeth, I was wanting to erase my Time Machine drive so I backed every thing up that I wanted to keep to my other drive.

    When I clicked erase on the TM drive I got an input/output error, so I tried again and some how selected my second drive and have now lost both.
     
  8. cherry su macrumors 65816

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    Ouch. It's somewhat unfortunate Time Machine doesn't back up other external drives.
     
  9. Pees330 macrumors 6502

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    I feel your pain. I'm just hoping you didn't anything really important on there.
     
  10. OllyW Moderator

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    It does back up other external drives if you let it. :confused:
     
  11. Wayne s thread starter macrumors regular

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    I tried Data Rescue, and it works great, got back 1 file using the demo version.
     
  12. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

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    There is also FileSalvage which is slightly cheaper. They also have a demo available.

    As it seems, there is no data recovery freeware for Mac. Maybe you can find something for Windows and recover your data from a PC.

    Good luck.

    /Rupert
     
  13. DizzyRose macrumors regular

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    Try what I sent you in a PM, it'll recover more than 5MB files for you ;)
     
  14. benpatient macrumors 68000

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    same problem here, more of less...

    dizzyrose, i'd like to know what you know...
     
  15. agentphish macrumors 65816

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    Data Rescue II w/o a doubt. It's so worth it. You could always borrow it from someone who owns it if you don't want to buy it. My school actually had a copy I used once...Then I got it myself.
     

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