Currently Being ModeratedMay 8, 2012 11:06 PM (in response to kea24)
Time machine is your only realistic hope (unless you are prepared to embark on an expensive data recovery system). It does illustrate the value of back ups though, and if you don't have Time Machine, an external back up, even a portable one, might be an investment for the future.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 3:23 AM (in response to kea24)
Your only option maybe to use a third party data recovery program like this.
Data Rescue 3
I have this program and it has saved me more than once.
If you do not use Time Machine to do daily backups ( I have my time machine set to backup every two weeks),
Then a program like this, for emergencies like completely deleting wrong files or accidentally trashed good data files, is very good to have on hand.
This app doesn't come cheap though, but should work for you.
Good Luck! ;)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 7:07 AM (in response to MichelPM)
"If you do not use Time Machine to do daily backups ( I have my time machine set to backup every two weeks)," ...
How did you set Time Machine for anything other than hourly backups?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 10, 2012 6:40 AM (in response to RRFS)
I simply manually toggle Time Machine on every two weeks!
Time Machine eats up too much CPU power/cycles when I need the extra CPU time for project work in apps like Photoshop/Painter and Blender.
Plus, my external drives are only FW 400 drives and it takes a lot longer for Time Machine to continuously write backup data to the one drive I have dedicated.
So, i manually toggle Time Machine on every two weeks, usually around 10 or 11 pm on Saturday nights and let it do its thing until I am ready to work the next day or on Monday.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 10, 2012 3:27 PM (in response to kea24)
Thank you all so much for your replies!
The problem was caused by two elderly friends who both think they know what they are doing and frequently do strange things to their iMac! The wife is a tidiness freak and likes the trash to be empty. Unfortunately she didn't check its contents. Her husband had inadvertently put their Documents folder in there and guess what! Luckily I had set them up with Time Machine two months ago, so yes, my son and I were able to retrieve the folder's contents.
Thanks a lot!
Currently Being ModeratedMay 10, 2012 3:36 PM (in response to kea24)
Glad to see my thoughts were helpful; thank you for the points. Incidentally, you didn't help yourself. If you inadvertently mark your own post, there would be no change to your bank of points.