1398 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Jul 16, 2010 5:49 AM by SuperArmy
If there is any chance of recovery at all your best bet is Prosoft Data Rescue 3 . There is a free trial to see if it can recover what you need. But don't do another process on that drive until you've downloaded and run it.
That means that ideally you should use another bootable drive to download and run Data Rescue. Or booted from another Mac in firewire mode. Also, there is always the option of ordering or going to the store to purchase the DVD. Then running from the optical drive.
Also, a service that has been recommended but I cannot personally endorse is DriveSavers.
If you don't know a term, look it up.
Volume or Partition
And Pogue's book "Mac OS X: The Missing Manual"
Open Disk Utility Help and type "partition" and look at the list of topics for starters.
Shrink and add a partition, then restore the ISO or .dmg to the paritition, also using Disk Utility -> Restore
Any program if it didn't come on bootable DVD would either have instructions how to burn such, or what I suggest:
INSTALL OS X to a small "emergency" 30GB partition, and have a partition to recover your files to (essential) either on same drive or 2nd drive.
I suspect that you are expected to copy the contents of the DMG to said "Emergency" volume and run from there. Also good for running repairs, like Disk Utility and I would buy a copy of Alsoft Disk Warrior too, for preventative repairs and maintenance; SuperDuper to clone your drive; and another drive for TimeMachine
An external drive could look like:
Emergency OS X - 30GB
Clone OS X - 150% of the size of your internal hard drive
Recovery - 150% internal hard drive (could be used for TimeMachine later)
1.5TB drives are $100-120 and cases go for $49-89.
Obviously it is better to have backups, and to have more than one, and not just one backup drive either. And rotate and use SuperDuper (weekly?) and TimeMachine for daily or on-demand (manual or auto).
+You are NOT using or touching or booting from the old drive that you want to recovery files from.+
Everything I said is done on another (new hopefully) drive to boot from and has a partitioin to recover to.
Anything else would be foolish and hazardous. I listed possible partitions -- for the new external emergency backup.
ok i have managed to scan my HD from someone elses macbook with a mini firewire cable. only found about 1.8GB of files. i know that i may not be able to get the files i want back what is the best way to search all the folders and files as there are a lot of .zip files under an 'archive' folder?
im looking for 3 big folders that were lost