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Fri 04 May 2007

Undelete in Mac OS X? Data Rescue II erm, to the rescue

Category : mac and the internet

"cleared trashbin already"
A student in the department wrote me a few mornings ago:

"I was wondering if you could help me with this problem i encountered? I accidentally went to delete a picture folder from my computer (cleared trashbin already), and I need to get it back. Is there any way possible to do so? I've tried to download Stellar data-recovery programs but it didn't work."

I thought it was pretty much hopeless and said so. Then I said not to use her mac and searched the web. After a few minutes, I suggested:

"Your best best is to:

  1. Stop using your mac.
  2. Boot up your mac as an external hardisk to another Mac.
  3. In that other mac, install a trial version of one of the softwares reccomended below.
  4. If it can recover files, decide if you want to pay for the complete version.
  5. Note that there are no guarantees.

See: Mac 911 forum and The Mac Plumber's Journal."

I then cited Prosoft's Data Rescue II amongst others that had been mentioned, but they were all really just names to me then.

Meanwhile I had emailed the ME@N list in the meantime and a few responses had been posted. Paddy Tan had used - File Salvage and Card Raider but interestingly, the other three cited the same utility.

Three votes for Data Rescue II
Kritian Lam said,

"I like DataRescue. Good idea to stop doing anything on the Mac and use an external boot volume to try and recover the files."

Timothy Yeo responded,

"I've used DataRescue many times, and i only remember 1 occasion when it didn't work. from deleting my whole iTunes library (don't ask.. heh..), to a single word document. so far its worked like a charm.

ask her to use it, and do a thorough scan. It'll take a bit of time to scan through, but she should be able to recover what she deleted."

Finally HanX weighed in:

"it worked well and I actually gotten back files that were ... deleted long ago. One more thing to add. You don't have to run un-erase software before hand to get your deleted files back. You just don't have the 100% chance if you don't."

So it looks like I'll turn to Prosoft's Data Rescue II if I ever run into trouble!

I added this note to the student despite the bad timing and although I think I sound like a broken record:

"It's worth investing in an external hardisk (buy one with a larger capacity than you internal drive and run a daily backup using software. See: "Take Control of Mac OS X Backups." By Joe Kissell. MacWorld, 2005: Part 1 - Part 2."

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