Urgent help needed, lost all data!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rakester, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. rakester, Mar 2, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2013
  2. rakester, Mar 2, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2013

    rakester thread starter macrumors member

    May 18, 2008
  3. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Judging from the vague information provided, they should make appointment with Apple Store or authorized technicians.
  4. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000


    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.

    In order of ease of use

    Look in the trash.

    Use their data backups (irony).

    Taking it into an apple store or Mac experienced technician who can take the disk out or connect to it in target mode and run data recovery.

    Try and repair the disk using Disk Utility*

    Failing that, a recovery utility like Data Rescue with an external disk to copy it to, once you start recovering stuff in situ chances are you'll overwrite stuff and make the situation worse

    As above but recover in situ*

    Both options with * not optimal because you may make the situation go from bad to unrecoverable. You working remotely telling a novice (assuming so as I guess they didn't bother to backup or you wouldn't be asking?) what to do, probably a very high chance of disaster. If they really want it back, I'd go for an apple store or experienced apple tech. Even if they charge $200-$300 for 10 minutes work, you, over phone with no additional disk to write to, and novice typing your commands in, have a chance of making it irrecoverable.

    Update; I see previous poster put it more succinctly than me re apple store etc :)

    Second Update following this
    That makes no sense at all, why are you even looking for the files if they are visible in iPhoto??
    Such a comment makes even stronger the previous advice, visit a Mac repair specialist, you are going to make things worse.

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