Currently Being ModeratedJun 14, 2013 6:18 AM (in response to Mark T1)
There are dedicated data recovery specialists that work with this sort of thing, not a cheap exercise, I'm led to believe.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 14, 2013 7:24 AM (in response to Mark T1)
To have any hope of recovering your data, you will need a file recovery tool such as Tech Tool Pro (Micromat) , Data Rescue (Prosoft Engineering), or File Salvage (SubRosaSoft). The chances generally aren't really good, but short of sending your drive to a data recovery service (expensive and by no means guaranteed), such utilities are your only hope.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 14, 2013 9:31 AM (in response to Mark T1)
Mark T1 wrote:
Anyway, can I recover the files on the iMac and if so, how can it be done?
Install Data Rescue $100 type software and output the results to a empty external drive.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 18, 2013 6:51 PM (in response to Mark T1)
Thanks varjak paw and ds store. I ended up using data rescue 3. I called tech tool pro and they said that DR3 would probably help me. It did, it recovered what appeaers to be all of the files and a whole bunch of deleted files.
A couple of notes:
When I ran DR3, it kept giving me a disk slowdown error and said that the iMac disk might be going. Turns out my computer that I was running DR3 on had to be set so that it stayed on all the time (no screen saver, no disk or display sleep, etc.).
Another reason I went with DR3 over SubRosaSoft was that when I called DR3, I was talking to somebody alive in less than a minute and they transferred me to tech support where they gave me instructions on how to use their software. When I called SubRosaSoft, I couldn't get anybody alive to talk to after several tries.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 19, 2013 12:05 AM (in response to Mark T1)
Glad to have that feedback Mark thanks.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 15, 2013 8:23 AM (in response to Mark T1)
Get an enclosure for her drive and hook it up to the iMac
Try http://goo.gl/wQW0Ur Its a first step in the right direction.
Or you can send it off to:
heres another one i've referred clients/customers to: http://datacent.com/
I'd generally start off by repairing the drive with DiskWarrior Then use Data Rescue software