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Accidently deleted all data

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Feb 7, 2013 12:31 AM

Dear All,

While setting parental controls i deleted a user account assuming the deletion was specific to Parental controls. The deletion was in fact a Global command and deleted all my wife and daughters data.


The .dmg file did not restore. As it was not my computer the restore was not set and no backups were made. Wife and daughter none too pleased but a hard lesson learnt about back up.


Does anyone know how to find another way to restore the data apart from the using the deleted .dmg file which in my case does not work.


I guess i should have double checked the book before i did it but it did not occur to me that by setting parental controls i could delete all data for ever.


Perhaps a warning more severe like " YOU ARE ABOUT TO DELETE ALL DATA FROM YOUR COMPUTER AND WILL NEVER GET IT BACK AGAIN". That might have got my attention.


Hope this helps prevent the same thing happening to someone else.

  • SwankPeRFection Level 4 Level 4 (1,435 points)
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    Feb 7, 2013 6:14 AM (in response to WINDOWUSER)

    Did you tell it to save the files when you deleted the account.  If the answer is "no", then it's pretty much gone for the basis of the basic level of dicussion.  However, if you stop using the laptop now and send the drive off to a disaster recovery place like, they can probably salvage some of the deleted data for you.  They may even have some tools you could purchase and run yourself to restore deleted files, as long as nothing else has been rewritten to the sections of the hard drive that stored that data.  It won't be cheap, but if it dings you in the pocket enough, you won't be doing this again.

  • SwankPeRFection Level 4 Level 4 (1,435 points)
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    Feb 15, 2013 7:52 AM (in response to WINDOWUSER)

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  • SwankPeRFection Level 4 Level 4 (1,435 points)
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    Feb 15, 2013 7:44 AM (in response to WINDOWUSER)

    Call OnTrack back and request a refund if the software didn't work.  Or you can keep it for the next time something bad happens.


    Bottom line... you need to get used to the UI on the Mac to make sense of it.  Give it a couple of weeks of usage and you'll be flying through it.  It's not always the most intuative and I find that the easiest way to fix things is to take a step back, dumb yourself down to the most idiotic level you can imagine yourself, and then go back to trying to do whatever you were trying to do.  I don't know what it is, but sometimes I feel like I have to be a complete idiot to figure out some of the functions they built into the OS.  I guess after 20 years of IT and working with more complex interfaces and OSs, I'm not dumb enough to use a Mac. lol  It didn't take long to get used to it though... a few days to couple of weeks for me and no problems knowing where everything is.  Still working on figuring out where all the .plist files are for all fuctions on the OS.  I dunno, I guess I'm just used to knowing that on a Windows box, the settings are controlled for something either in a config file for the program or in the registry.  On a Mac it's a bit different with .plist files, etc. so it's just a matter of learning the new architecture.


    The biggest gripe I have about OSX is that it has not internal System Restore function like Windows has had for several generations now.  If I have an issue with an update or program install on a Windows box and I can't solve it via regular ways, I can run a System Restore to before the incident and everything is put back the way it was.  Simple and efficient.  Good luck doing that with a Mac.


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