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Can I recover files deleted in trash and if so how?

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Apr 7, 2010 8:46 AM
Hi everyone,

Blown it this time! in my haste to do things I have lost 7 years of photos. Can anyone reccomend any data recovery software? Or ideas on how to get it without buying. I am looking at Data Rescue 3 at present.


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  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,155 points)
    Basics of File Recovery

    Files in Trash

    If you simply put files in the Trash you can restore them by opening the Trash (left-click on the Trash icon) and drag the files from the Trash to your Desktop or other desired location. OS X also provides a short-cut to undo the last item moved to the Trash -press COMMAND-Z.

    If you empty the Trash the files are gone. If a program does an immediate delete rather than moving files to the Trash, then the files are gone. Recovery is possible but you must not allow any additional writes to the hard drive - shut it down. When files are deleted only the directory entries, not the files themselves, is modified. The space occupied by the files has been returned to the system as available for storage, but the files are still on the drive. Writing to the drive will then eventually overwrite the space once occupied by the deleted files in which case the files are lost permanently. Also if you save a file over an existing file of the same name, then the old file is overwritten and cannot be recovered.

    General File Recovery

    If you stop using the drive it's possible to recover deleted files that have not been overwritten with recovery software such as Data Rescue II, File Salvage or TechTool Pro. Each of the preceding come on bootable CDs to enable usage without risk of writing more data to the hard drive.

    The longer the hard drive remains in use and data are written to it, the greater the risk your deleted files will be overwritten.

    Also visit The XLab FAQs and read the FAQ on Data Recovery.
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  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,495 points)
    Adding to Kappy's excellent summation, if your photos were in iPhoto, look in the iPhoto trash which is separate from the Mac OS X trash. Your photos should still be there unless you emptied the iPhoto trash.
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