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Disk Utility partitions wrong physical drive?

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Mar 2, 2008 2:54 PM
I have two firewire drives... one is daisy-chained to the other. Let's call the one attached directly to my iMac as DiskOne and the drive that's plugged into DiskOne we'll call DiskTwo.

So, I was resizing partitions on DiskTwo using the Disk Utility in Leopard 10.5.2. It's pretty obvious in the interface what physical drive you're on. The resizing of DiskTwo went fine. Looks great.

Afterwards, I then realized that DiskOne had been repartitioned as well. Yikes! 28,000 photos and my iTunes library gone. Poof!

Like I said, the interface in Disk Utility is very clear... I never took action on DiskOne... and yet it's now "empty".

Lesson Learned: Only have one physical drive plugged in/turned on when repartitioning.

I'm optimistic that professional disk recovery will be able to get my files back for me. Didn't use secure erase, nor has anything been written to that drive since.

Just wondering if anyone else has seen this? And if you've "accidentally" partitioned a drive, is there a Apple or third party utility you'd recommend to get those files back?

Thanks!
iMac G4, Mac OS X (10.5.2), Disk Utility
  • scb Level 5 Level 5 (5,380 points)
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    Mar 2, 2008 3:00 PM (in response to robmandu)
    See if Data Rescue can find your data. Lots cheaper.
    PB G4, Mac OS X (10.5.2), You can clone from any chip type to the same chip type, safely.
  • scb Level 5 Level 5 (5,380 points)
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    Mar 3, 2008 8:17 AM (in response to robmandu)
    Well, let me give you a hint. The key is to search. Search for the folder you had the "good" ones in. Then you will actually get your tags, and not the gobble-d-gook Unix stuff. You may find most of it in an "Orphaned Files" folder, believe it or not. Don't give up.
    PB G4, Mac OS X (10.5.2), You can clone from any chip type to the same chip type, safely.
  • scb Level 5 Level 5 (5,380 points)
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    Mar 4, 2008 8:26 AM (in response to robmandu)
    Did you see the difference in the files in the "find" and the "search". How the file names change? You have to search, as I describe above.
    PB G4, Mac OS X (10.5.2), You can clone from any chip type to the same chip type, safely.

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