4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 2, 2013 1:21 PM by Studio X
Jeffrey McGinnis Level 1 (45 points)

Somehow — I still don't know exactly how this happened, but it appears to be my fault, and I feel like a complete moron for letting it get to this — in the process of reformatting a buggy drive with several FCP 7 projects and media on them, I managed to reformat BOTH the original drive and the back-up drive, thus losing all of the content. I'm now trying to figure out if it is possible to recover as much as possible from the drive so that whatever was on the drive is not a total loss.


I have done a scan with Wondershare Data recovery, which gave me a list of files that it could recover, but aparently it cannot recognize .fcp files, meaning that the media can be recovered (albeit with changed names and a lost file structure), but the project itself can't.


I am now attempting a scan with Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery, but it will be quite a while before I can find out if it sees the .fcp files.


If this doesn't work, I was hoping that someone might know of software that would recognize a .fcp file, which would be a big step closer to as much of a recovery as possible.


Hard drive is a 2TB G-Drive, connected through FireWire 800.


Thanks a lot.

Final Cut Pro 7, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Studio X Level 7 (27,030 points)

    I had a drive do a graceful swan dive and used an app called FileSalvage to recover the contents before it went totally bad. They were williing to work with me to craft the software to find file types that weren't in their standard database. It worked moderately well.


    I thought long and hard about spending the money to send that drive to a data recovery firm (with no guarantee that they'd get more off it that was useable) and decided to spend the same amount on some good single malt. Didn't do much for data recovery but I was much happier.


    Good luck,



  • Jim Cookman Level 7 (23,435 points)

    While you're sipping that single malt, look on your system drive>users>documents>final cut pro documents>autosave vault.  Hopefully you've got it set for some small number.

  • Jeffrey McGinnis Level 1 (45 points)

    Thanks for your help. It turns out that we were able to recover a lot of what we needed with Stellar Phoenix Mac Data recovery — complete with file names and folder structure intact.

  • Studio X Level 7 (27,030 points)

    Cheers to a happy ending.