Currently Being ModeratedNov 16, 2012 3:08 PM (in response to luanne415)
Not very likely.
General File Recovery
If you stop using the drive it's possible to recover deleted files that have not been overwritten by using 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. Two free alternatives are Disk Drill and TestDisk. Look for them and demos at MacUpdate or CNET Downloads.
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.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 16, 2012 3:09 PM (in response to luanne415)
there are companies that specialize in data recovery, however it is very expensive. You may try to look for some software tools, but it is may not work and it it works you may deal with many files renaming because deleted files are kept with changed names.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 16, 2012 3:13 PM (in response to luanne415)
Yes - this is possible.
Data Recovery companies / labs.
Price depends on the type of the drive and its size.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 16, 2012 3:17 PM (in response to luanne415)
Thank you so much for the quick responses @kappy, @munas -- I'm doing some research now.
@kappy I have a macbook air which does not have a CD drive.
@tzbikowski my external hard drive is a Seagate 1.5T
Currently Being ModeratedNov 16, 2012 3:25 PM (in response to luanne415)
Are you talking about the external drive or the SSD? If the latter I don't know if the data are recoverable, but you can try with the same software. They are all available in Trial versions that will show you what can be recovered, but you must first pay for the software in order to use it to recover anything.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 16, 2012 3:27 PM (in response to Kappy)
@kappy I'm talking about the external drive.
All my data from my old PCs are in there. Since I switched to Mac I had to reformat the external drive to be Mac compatible and in the process deleted the data.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 16, 2012 3:43 PM (in response to luanne415)
Then that's the drive you will try to recover if the software is able to find anything recoverable.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 17, 2012 7:22 AM (in response to Kappy)
@Kappy, FYII did manage to recover at least 90% of my data using Disk Drill.
I did pay for it and it was well worth it.
Thank you so much to all who responded so quickly when I was in a panicked stricken stage of having lost 4 years worth of stuff...or so I thought!
Currently Being ModeratedJul 13, 2013 9:22 PM (in response to luanne415)
Hi, I just deleted data accidentally through time machine formatting my brother in laws external drive. He is a teacher and all his HSC stuff is on it. Was this a hard process ?? How much was the software ?? Will do anything to get data back !!
Currently Being ModeratedJul 19, 2013 5:45 PM (in response to bincross)
I used Disk Drill and it was around $80 or something.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 18, 2014 7:46 PM (in response to luanne415)
ok guys use diskwarrior i know tat it is not free but check this out:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0T7pKla-XM