Which is the best surface recovery tools (media files) after hdd chrash?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by markus29ohm, Nov 30, 2016.

  1. markus29ohm macrumors newbie

    Nov 30, 2016
    If have had a partition crash and lost my Mac Partition Table on my harddisk.

    Sadly i havent backup it and want only rescue my pictures and movies (from my phone where stored on it).

    So i need a really good recovery tool who can do a full surface scan (raw)!
    I tried with one, but the already founded mov files doesnt could been play back (are corrupt and
    also not repairable)?!

    Have everybody good experience to one tool or know someone who should be the best in this

    Thanks, Markus
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Is the drive partitioned, or is it a single partition?

    Answer this, and I'll get back to you.
  3. markus29ohm thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 30, 2016
    Last time I have had 2 Partition, 1xMac and a 2nd with Bootcamp. Because I am new in Mac so I want to resize on Windows (boot to 2nd Partition) the Windows-NTFS (2nd9 Partition - what I am done.
    But after that my Partition Table of MacOS defect, Windows later also. I not mention that it causes from that action, so I reinstall Windows (this destroyed MacOS Sierra Partition at all) but that was a fault, if destroyed completely the HDD-Part.-Table Structure....
    Now I ve new installed only MacOS at this time. If tried 2 recovery tools (at now without solution to recovering my mov files correctly).
    The mov files not overwritten by there new OS, because they must stay (near in the middle of the SSD Storage).
    Is that more difficult because it is an SSD Drive to recoever files compared to mechanic HDD?
    Maybe you know a hint method to do correctly recovering my mov files?

    One more question is, is it possible to format 1 external USB-Drive with 2 Partition: 1 with EFI (for Time Machine) and the other with NTFS for Windows usage?

    Is it possible (easily) to install Windows 10 on a 2nd EFI Partition (I know normally only NTFS provided), if yes than without Bootcamp?

    Thanks a lot!
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Still trying to understand what you did.

    You are saying you reinstalled Windows and it "destroyed" your previous Mac partition?

    And that now you have re-initialized the entire drive back to Mac (HFS+)?

    If that's the case, you might try a data recovery app such as "Data Rescue" by ProSoft:

    How it works:
    1. You download the app for free.
    2. You run it and "aim it" at the problem drive
    3. DR will scan the drive and give you a report as to what it finds and believes may be "recoverable" (this can take some time)
    4. DR will let you recover ONLY ONE FILE at this point.
    5. If it looks like more files are recoverable, you now pay the registration fee, get a code, enter the code, and DR will "go to work" on your drive.
    6. DR will save what it finds on ANOTHER (scratch) drive.

    Be aware that you're going to lose any previous folder hierarchies.
    Be aware that you're probably going to lose most or all previous file names.
    That's normal for data recovery.

    Final thought:
    Don't attempt things like you did WITHOUT some kind of backup.
    Otherwise, you could end up … where you are today.
  5. markus29ohm thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 30, 2016
    Hello thanks for that much, i will try it.

    Thats right, i dont do such as this one again without doing a backup before.

    But herefor i need a backup tool, who could backup 1. EFi (Mac) and 2nd Bootcamp Partition at ones and this reliable - could timemachine do that or should i use 1:1 partition cloner.... ?

    Thank again :)

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