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ClickRight
05-29-2009, 08:50 PM
I'm working on an older (2006/2007?) MacBook that a friend gave me to look at. I'm no Mac expert, but I do own one, and know enough to get me by. Looking at the laptop, I determined that the hard drive was bad (it was clicking) and I recovered the data using ddrescue to a new drive. Unfortunately, some areas of the disk were unreadable so I was left with about 5MB from the start of the disk and a few MBs here and there missing.

Of course, when I connect the disk to my mac, it is unrecognizable, and the disk utility won't touch it. I assume this is because some of the partition table is missing. Does anybody know some decent mac data recovery software (preferably that I can run on a PC, but it doesn't have to.) that I can use to recover the useful data?

angry_geek
05-29-2009, 09:23 PM
1. Get this. (http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200344801_200344801)

2. Apply to apple product.

3. Get this. (http://www.nanooze.org/english/articles/article5_powerfulmicroscope.html)

4. Use it to recover data from step two.:D

Seriously though, you might try one of these.
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
http://www.unistal.com/mac-data-recovery.html

anonymous Mac Tech
05-29-2009, 09:51 PM
We use Data Rescue II http://www.prosofteng.com/products/data_rescue.php

But the software costs $99.00 and the HD you have is already clicking.

My experience with macbooks and clicking HDs tells me that if it hasn't completely died yet, it will real soon and running DR II is a lot of torking on even a good drive to recover data.

So the long and the short is I'm not sure this would be a good return on investment? You might just want to tell them what you did get, collect whatever you can for that, then refer them to someone like Driver Savers if they want to pursue it further.

ClickRight
06-02-2009, 08:37 PM
We use Data Rescue II http://www.prosofteng.com/products/data_rescue.php

But the software costs $99.00 and the HD you have is already clicking.

My experience with macbooks and clicking HDs tells me that if it hasn't completely died yet, it will real soon and running DR II is a lot of torking on even a good drive to recover data.

So the long and the short is I'm not sure this would be a good return on investment? You might just want to tell them what you did get, collect whatever you can for that, then refer them to someone like Driver Savers if they want to pursue it further.

Thanks, I ran the demo of Data Rescue and it was able to recover one of the important files. I ended up buying it because I needed to get all the files and figured i would use it in the future. Unfortunately, it was unable to recover a lot of the important stuff. I'm going to give it another shot doing everything slightly differently.

anonymous Mac Tech
06-02-2009, 09:04 PM
I've had luck sometimes with trying to blow cold air on the drive while doing a thorough scan. If you don't think they will want to pay the money for professional data recovery and they gave you the go-ahead, then go for it. I hope it works out for you.

purple_minion
06-02-2009, 10:13 PM
So they had a clickwrong? Get it! HAHA! I SO FUNNY!

Anyway, try http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec as well as Testdisk as mentioned before. Photorec will work on HFS+ apparently from what the page said. It also runs on ANYTHING.