430 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Jul 21, 2006 7:50 AM by Terence Devlin
If you did not empty the Trash, then the files are still there. You can simply open a Finder window on the Trash and drag the files out.
However, if you've emptied the Trash then the files have been removed from the directory. The files may still exist on the hard drive provided that you stop using the drive so that no new data are written to the drive. However, if the drive has continued in use and new data are written to the drive, they will overwrite the space occupied by the deleted files. The more the hard drive is used the less will be the chance of recovery.
You may be able to recover some of the files with specialized software such as Data Rescue II from ProSoft Engineering (www.prosofteng.com.) However, to improve the odds of recovery you need to cease using the hard drive by turning the computer off. The recovery software is provided on a bootable disc so you can boot the computer and run the recovery software without risking continued writing to the hard drive.
Simple stuff first: If the trash hasn't been emptied, drag the files out.
If the trash has been emptied, a data recovery utility like Data Rescue is your only option short of expensive professional help.
CRITICAL: Stop using the computer immediately! Everything you do on it runs the risk of overwriting the files you want to recover.