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Thread: Unerase, Undelete..... Apple, wtf?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    San Diego

    Default Unerase, Undelete..... Apple, wtf?

    Does Disc utility REALLY not have a function like this yet?
    I JUST deleted files on my Flip video camera that I thought I had copied onto my HD and realized immediately that they were not transferred before I hit "Empty trash". There were videos of a trip to see my 90 year old grandmother that I REALLY wanted to have since it might be the last time I see her. I know of Norton and a few of the other data recovery services and programs, but due to recent unemployment, that's not an option. Anyone have any ideas on a cheap or free program? I just did this this morning and have not written any files anywhere on my computer, nor to the Flip drive. You would think by now Disc utility would be able to do this.....
    help.... someone... please.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Grangeville, ID USA


    Apple will probably never include an undelete function. Too limited in percentage of success - risky, often will not work with a drive that has a operating system on it as the space starts getting used literally the instant it is erased. On a data drive the success rate goes way up, of course.

    Best recovery tool is Data Rescue. Not sure of they have a free way of using it any longer or not. Only one I have used. I actually recovered a complete drive that some guy had taken out of a Mac and reformatted on a PC.

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2001


    This is deemed a security risk. Mac OS is secure because it is difficult to recover deleted files. Apple will never implement the feature you require. it's a harsh lesson but don't delete something unless you are absolutely sure you don't need it.

    bear in mind it is the Flip camera you are recovering from and not your mac. you may have some success in recovering from that.

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