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Old 4th March 2008, 13:01   #61
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Doesnt it have an option to revocer the entire hard drive contents? I mean do you have to manually specify whatever file types you want to recover (like XLS, JPG etc)?
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OK,

I found the files. It has recovered a lot of stuff. But as Anup warned, I am stuck with files that will take me years to sort. Still, the job is done.

I have formatted the drive and now have decided to use it as an external device, only for Time Machine.

I hve also decided to use Time Machine every week. Thank you everyone for your help and remember to back up your stupid computers.
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Good. You are lucky Sam.
My home PC hard disk crashed and 3 data recovery specialists down, not even a single picture recovered. Didn't have a backup also. All the pictures from last 4 years, from the day my son ws born are lost. Don't care about the documents, it was the family pictures which were important. It was tough explaining it to wife :-(

T-bhpians: backup your important files. Believe me, it hurts.

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I am stuck with files that will take me years to sort.
Try sorting the folder view by time created / edited. That should help you to sort by batches. For instance, the most recent pictures would be from your European trip.
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Try sorting the folder view by time created / edited. That should help you to sort by batches. For instance, the most recent pictures would be from your European trip.
No GTO. They all have the same time stamp. They were created by the software.
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OK,

I found the files. It has recovered a lot of stuff. But as Anup warned, I am stuck with files that will take me years to sort. Still, the job is done.

But you are still lucky. My office burnt down a few years back while I was outside. I had a desktop and used to carry my backup files in my briefcase. I had left my briefcase in office. Had some files on CD's at home. But still it took me ages recreating the files (no pictures, only office data). Some never got completed. Hours and hours of hard work for months.

Now I have back ups on my home pc, an external hard drive, and also CD's.

One learns best the hard way.
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@Netfreak - Thanks for the link. Will try it soon.
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prabuddhadg, that is one hell of a lot better than your office burning down with you inside!

But seriously (not that that wasn't true) --- I have an external drive, and every so often sync my documents and my photos to it. One day I'll get around to adding my collection of BBC radio plays and the music. It's not off-site, it's not very scientific, it's not on a different power source even --- but, at least it is a second copy.

In professional life, all data files were backed up to tape every day, and the tapes were stored off-site --- but the only known good backup is a tested back up, and I have never begun a restore of important stuff (especially if it was me that screwed the data on the machine) without a deep sense of fear in my gut.
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I have formatted the drive and now have decided to use it as an external device, only for Time Machine.
........................................ ..................................:Shock ked:

Sam, did you really?
Not keen to try other recovery options?
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prabuddhadg, that is one hell of a lot better than your office burning down with you inside!

Yes definitely. That had been a scary situation, I am told. I had been away from my office and those who were around, had very little time to escape the fire. People had to move out so fast, some even forgot their laptops in the melee.

But once bitten twice shy. Now I keep back ups at home as well as on our office system (don't know where that is, though).
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........................................ ..................................:Shock ked:

Sam, did you really?
Not keen to try other recovery options?
I have had enough anup. I've never waited for 50 hours for any process in my life. Patience is not my middle name.

Dammit, I said and wiped it out, thereby crushing any further temptation to waste time with it. lol
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I've never waited for 50 hours for any process in my life. Patience is not my middle name.
When the time comes, you'll wait a whole nine months for the most magical process that you'll ever experience in your life!

Anyway, I'm glad you're done with this one and have put it behind you.
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When the time comes, you'll wait a whole nine months for the most magical process that you'll ever experience in your life!
From what I've heard, the process takes a few minutes lol.

The results take time.
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Over the past few months, my poor lil Ipod has been reduced to a state of being a humble back up drive for all my files and pics .. Steve Jobs will be pulling his hair out (of whats left) if he hears about this
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From what I've heard, the process takes a few minutes lol.
LOL, you're referring to just the beginning!
"THE PLEASURE IS MOMENTARY, THE POSITION RIDICULOUS, AND THE EXPENSE DAMNABLE"
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