1874 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Oct 31, 2007 3:18 PM by Jeff Butler
Was spotlight indexing the drive? I have an issue with a disappearing backup that Time Machine created. My backup was 79gigs last night, this morning it was about 16gigs. I noticed Spotlight was indexing the external drive all of a sudden after I turned it off two days ago and it worked with no incidents.
Not sure about your locality, but my LOCAL mac dealer has been very helpful in recovering data from hard drives and MUCH cheaper (free as a bought a new MacBook, but reasonable anyway) that the commercial concerns you find via Google. There are plenty of companies out there who do it for a fee - but they seem (to me) to be rather expensive.
I've had luck recovering data using Data Rescue II from Prosoft Engineering.
I believe you can d/l the demo and run it, where it will tell you if it actually found the data and then if you want to buy it you can go from there.
I did EXACTLY the same thing about an hour ago with all my uni work on my portable hard drive, so I know your position well!
After a bit of searching, I found Exif Untrasher (http://www.bluem.net/downloads/exif-untrasher_en/.) It restored my hard drive and for free! (Needless to say, I donated afterwards!)
It actually said that the procedure wasn't successful, but after running it, my files had miraculously re-appeared. I did do a copy-paste back-up straight after and will never be so quick to hit 'OK' again!
I really hope this helps you too.
I would say that your data is there, and since the drive didn't crash, your chances of recovery are good. Perhaps the best option is a full time recovery service like drivesavers.com - it will cost some serious coin - but they'll get the data.
However, since it's not a hardware failure, you should be able to find a scavenge program to find the files....Being a Fat32 volume, I'm not sure if Alsoft's Disk Warrior would work. You may try it out on a windows machine; there's got to be a good windows recovery program out there.
It's there. Just don't mess around tooo much with it. If it's crucial - send it out.