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  • Kappy Level 10 (265,883 points)

    That means the drive has most likely failed and needs to be replaced. At this point your options for recoverying data are few:


    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.


    If recovery software does not work you would have to send the drive to a data recovery service such as Drive Savers. They are quite expensive and provide no guarantee of success.

  • nlouis4 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for all your help anyway


    Best wishes and a merry Christmas

  • Kappy Level 10 (265,883 points)

    Thank you, and the same to you and your family. Wish I had been more help.

  • nlouis4 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well I learnt from you how to clone so and the time you spent am grateful. Fortunately have lost no data during the replacement of a new HD! Nothing lost only gained Best wishes nlouis

  • basilmir Level 1 (75 points)

    Use SuperDuper to clone the drive.

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