Hard Drive Erased!

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  1. CookSux

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    Alright guys, I know this is a mark of my idiocy but here's the story.

    -While transferring files to my FTP server via Filezilla I decided to delete a regular folder that had some junk .php files that I was editing. I must not have been very careful, because it turns out that I must have deleted my harddrive folder (coincidentally with the same name) via this program. There were no warning messages, and none of it went to the trash.

    -I freaked out, and the next morning I took it to the Genius bar at the apple store, and they suggested I use Data Rescue 3.

    -I cloned my hd and ran the program.

    -It recovered a few pieces, but the essential ones can't be found. (Screenwriter scripts).

    -Should I now take it to a technician to do a data recovery through my cloned hd or am i SOL? I don't care about the rest because those I can always get... it's the scripts that I've been writing that I need. I usually back my stuff up every few weeks, and these are brand spanking new.
     
  2. Seawing

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    Ouch man, that sounds bad. I am not a data retrieval pro, but there is a chance the files may still be on your computer. From what I know of the Mac, the hard drive is "Journaled" which means it saves the changes of any of the files to a master list or journal. If the journal is intact, and the file data is uncompromised then you have a good chance of recovering the data. One thing you might have to worry about is when you installed Data Rescue 3. When you installed the program on your hard drive, there is a chance that the installer wrote over the data you wanted to recover (since there wasn't a journal file to tell the installer where the free spaces on the hard drive are). If the installer did that then the data is lost forever. Since you probably have a fairly large hard drive, there is a good chance that this didn't happen but the journal would have prevented the data overwrite and written the program to free space instead.

    I would say to to talk to a technician, specifically a data retrieval specialist for the Mac, if the scripts are vitally important (like part of your job or livelihood). If they are fan or hobby works, I would then chalk it up to a huge mistake on your part and start them over. Supposedly data recovery is pretty expensive.

    I hope this helps and you get your stuff back.
     
  3. CookSux

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    Yeah, that stuff is definitely part of my job and I don't know if it's worth spending 500 or so bucks to retrieve a few drafts that I can always rewrite (won't be fun). I was just wondering if there was any alternate solution to this mess. I'm assuming that the cloned drive is a perfect frozen state of my entire hd?
     
  4. Seawing

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    The clone drive should be a perfect state of the HD as it is now. So if the OS and installing Data Rescue 3 didn't overwrite the files you want to recover then you should be able to do so. I've never used any of the Data Rescue products so I really don't know what all of the capabilities of the program are. One thing you can try is to use Prosoft Engineering's free technical support via phone or email.

    At least you can try all of the features of Data Rescue 3 and have somebody who is familiar with the software walk you through the steps on what to try to recover your data. Their phone# is 1-877-477-6763. Go here to contact them by email. Other than that, you may have to resort to having the data professionally extracted. Good luck.

    *goes off to back up his computer* :D 
     
  5. jorod74

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    isn't this a technology forum topic?

    (still, i bleed for you. i have 2 old hard drives that died on me from a Windows Me computer and they held a ton of my shorts and poems and essays.)
     

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