URGENT!! Recovering a deleted folder (Without Time Machine)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by BlakTornado, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. BlakTornado Guest


    Apr 24, 2007
    Washington, OH
    My friend has accidentally deleted a REALLY important folder on his iMac, and needs to get it back.

    I read that OSX leaves the data on the disk until it's over-written by a new item (basically leaving the data where it is, but telling the rest of the computer that it's unused data, and free for other applications to use)

    By that logic, it should be possible to restore the folder, if it wasn't deleted too long ago, right?

    My friend doesn't have Time Machine (I don't think)...

    All help will be REALLY appreciated.
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    First step: Turn the machine off. Now.
    Your chance of recovery reduces with every minute OSX is running, because it will overwrite the deleted space with temp files quite quickly.

    Second step: Get Data Rescue II software, run it. Have an external drive ready to recover the data to.
  3. macforlife1987 macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2008
    Yea get Data Rescue II

    Its amazing, I recovered loads of films, photos and documents that were accidently deleted.

    Use an ipod for an external disk if your stuck, just make sure to switch it to mass storage device in itunes before you connect it.
  4. someone28624 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2007
    Final step- use time machine to avoid future panics.

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