Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2012 5:19 AM (in response to cm08046)
Once the trash is emptied they are gone unless you have Time Machine operating and have a backup you can retrieve from.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2012 5:27 AM (in response to Ralph Landry1)
I thought so but saw some software on the web called "wondershare" that is supposed to reset pointers to the deleted files. Have you heard of anything like that?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2012 6:01 AM (in response to cm08046)
Haven't heard of that before, is it Windows or Mac OS X software? Most Unix systems, which Mac OS X is underneath it all, delete permanently so files are tough to get back.
If you have Time Machine backing up you may be able to recover your files that way.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2012 7:11 AM (in response to cm08046)
No, once the trash is emptied you're into expensive territory. You should cease using the Mac to avoid writing over the file locations.
If you used 'secure empty' forget it now - there's nothing left to find.
Otherwise you can try these;
Data Rescue 3;
Both programmes will give you a free download to scan your HD and see if the files are recoverable, but you'll have to pay for the full application to actually recover them.
You'll need an external HD (or another Mac) to recover the files to if they can be recovered.
Don't hold your breath on getting them all back intact.
If they can't do it, and the files are really important (in which case you should have been backing up), you can try a data recovery service, but
a) there's no still no guarantee they can be retrieved,
b) the bill will be in 4 figures,
c) it will probably trash the drive if they have to go the forensic route (removing the platters).
Best of luck!
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2012 8:46 AM (in response to noondaywitch)
The files were more important than i thought they were but i can live without them. I thank everyone for the input and will move on.