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I have an issue but not sure where to post so i post here because I indeed needing some expert helps in data recovery.

 

some of the files in my trash couldn't be removed. i noticed that these files are from an external HDD and only see them pop up when that external HDD is plugged in. Even then, tried to clean trash but the files were still there.

 

did some research, a guy from a website recommended typing

sudo rm -Rv /Volumes/Data 2\ Drive/.Trashes/* I did then it DELETED ALL data on my ext. HDD Data 2. I lost EVERYTHING.

 

tried several data recovery softwares but didn't seem to recover everything. anyone has any recommendations to how i can recover data with the filenames and extensions intact???

 

PLEASE HELP ME!!!!

 

Katie.

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I have an issue but not sure where to post so i post here because I indeed needing some expert helps in data recovery.

 

some of the files in my trash couldn't be removed. i noticed that these files are from an external HDD and only see them pop up when that external HDD is plugged in. Even then, tried to clean trash but the files were still there.

 

did some research, a guy from a website recommended typing

sudo rm -Rv /Volumes/Data 2\ Drive/.Trashes/* I did then it DELETED ALL data on my ext. HDD Data 2. I lost EVERYTHING.

 

tried several data recovery softwares but didn't seem to recover everything. anyone has any recommendations to how i can recover data with the filenames and extensions intact???

 

PLEASE HELP ME!!!!

 

Katie.

 

Avoid writing any data to the disk you want to recover files from. If you just lost files on a data disk how was it formatted? Do you also boot Windows and could you read files from the external drive, that tells you if it was formatted in NTFS or Fat32. I have an external USB drive which is formatted with NTFS (Windows) and Snow Leopard reads and writes to it.

 

TestDisk and Photorec is a free data recovery program and also works for Mac. R-Studio is another successful commercial program. There are more recovery programs for Windows than Mac.

 

TestDisk, how to use it, is fairly well documented. It is still quite a big geeky undertaking which will probably require a lot of reading and learning on your part. Many people take their computers to recovery specialists who charge and arm and a leg. Here is a 12 page TestDisk tutorial:

http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1139

 

Also you can put TestDisk into the search window at the top of the page where we post and read about Hackintosh user's success or lack thereof. There is no guarantee of getting back your data.

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Avoid writing any data to the disk you want to recover files from. If you just lost files on a data disk how was it formatted? Do you also boot Windows and could you read files from the external drive, that tells you if it was formatted in NTFS or Fat32. I have an external USB drive which is formatted with NTFS (Windows) and Snow Leopard reads and writes to it.

 

TestDisk and Photorec is a free data recovery program and also works for Mac. R-Studio is another successful commercial program. There are more recovery programs for Windows than Mac.

 

TestDisk, how to use it, is fairly well documented. It is still quite a big geeky undertaking which will probably require a lot of reading and learning on your part. Many people take their computers to recovery specialists who charge and arm and a leg. Here is a 12 page TestDisk tutorial:

http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1139

 

Also you can put TestDisk into the search window at the top of the page where we post and read about Hackintosh user's success or lack thereof. There is no guarantee of getting back your data.

 

thank you for your respond.

 

it's not a bootable hard drive. strictly a drive that I store 'data'. I accidently deleted it with the command sumo rm -rv......think that it will only clean my Trash but instead, the entire drive. it has NOT been formatted since i deleted the files. however, it was originally formatted as HFS....OS X file system. Since the incident, i DID write to the hard drive since i was trying to dl a small file onto it......but other than that, nothing else was written on it. still entire 1T.

 

i did try a few recovery softwares, however, i didn't think the entire drive was recovered. through observations, i didn't see any movies files with extension .mkv/m2ts nor programs/iso with extexion .dmg recovered, which i really need those back. so far, other formats like .jpg, .avi.......seem OK. haven't thoroughly gone over the rest but seem OK so far.

 

any other suggestions? do you know of any recovery softwares that can recover .mkv/.mt2s or .dmg iso?

 

thank you.

 

katie

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thank you for your respond.

 

it's not a bootable hard drive. strictly a drive that I store 'data'. I accidently deleted it with the command sumo rm -rv......think that it will only clean my Trash but instead, the entire drive. it has NOT been formatted since i deleted the files. however, it was originally formatted as HFS....OS X file system. Since the incident, i DID write to the hard drive since i was trying to dl a small file onto it......but other than that, nothing else was written on it. still entire 1T.

 

i did try a few recovery softwares, however, i didn't think the entire drive was recovered. through observations, i didn't see any movies files with extension .mkv/m2ts nor programs/iso with extexion .dmg recovered, which i really need those back. so far, other formats like .jpg, .avi.......seem OK. haven't thoroughly gone over the rest but seem OK so far.

 

any other suggestions? do you know of any recovery softwares that can recover .mkv/.mt2s or .dmg iso?

 

thank you.

 

katie

 

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/File_Format...red_By_PhotoRec

Yes, .mkv mt2s, and iso but not dmg, perhaps the dmg block signature will be identified as iso (?) ...

 

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec There is no way to reliably predict what will be recovered by any of these programs.

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http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/File_Format...red_By_PhotoRec

Yes, .mkv mt2s, and iso but not dmg, perhaps the dmg block signature will be identified as iso (?) ...

 

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec There is no way to reliably predict what will be recovered by any of these programs.

 

 

I've tried testdisk and quick browsing through, i did see a few .mkvs but there are tons of folders that i haven't had a chance to go through them thoroughly yet.

 

thanx.

 

will let you know

 

katie

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update.....

 

my first attempt of recovering, i used data rescue 3. after reviewing the recovered contents, i noticed that it did recover .dmg along with various file formats......mp3, wav, jpg, bmp, avi, mov.......but NO mkvs. however, i did see mkvs recovered by testdisk which i haven't had a chance to look through.

 

throughly looking all the dmg recovered by data rescue 3, almost HALF of the files have errors when trying to open/mount them. i get codes like "no mountable file systems", "error -4960", "not recognized"......

 

what else should I try to do? i've read up on 'no mountable file systems', some sites recommend using data rescue 3 or DiskWarrior to repair. I've tried to use Verify disk or Disk repair of Disk Utility but didn't work.....

 

thanx.

 

katie

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