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How to restore data from iMac

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Is it, and how, possible to restore data from iMac?

I have an user who accidentally lost all his images from iPhoto. Also, the database of iPhoto seems gone, and I don't know what to do.

Any help appreciated.
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by:ibrahim52
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there is no FREE solution to RECOVER DATA.Visit the link below if you would like to purchase and give it a try, good luck.

Link:
http://www.getbackdata.net/
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by:ibrahim52
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This is quite popular for mac.Visit the link below

Referred Link :
http://www.datarecoverymac.org/
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strung earned 1000 total points
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I think that DataRescue III is considered the best Mac data recovery program, but it costs $99.

There is a free beta that you might want to try:  http://www.techspot.com/downloads/5128-disk-drill-for-mac.html
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by:roylong
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Can you be a little more specific as to what led to the loss?  Broken HDD? deleted directory/file?

This may help determine if data recovery is the route...
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by:olliefelde
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Yes, please be more specific. Is the drive still functional? If so, there's a high probability that the data's still there. Due to the way files are organized, it just may be buried in a directory that the user can't locate.
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by:mrmut
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Thanks all, yes the drive is functional.
It seems the used deleted some stuff off from the library.

I have a TimeCapsule backup, and would like to restore it. In other thread I asked about it. - How can I connect the old archive to the iPhoto?

I have decided not to go for data restoration. The loss is time-insignificant in comparison with restoration.
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by:roylong
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So, go into time machine - launch from the icon in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

Go back to before the deletion and drag the files you need back to today - if it's not obvious once you are in there (which it should be) then follow the instructions on this page::

http://manuals.info.apple.com/en/TimeCapsule_SetupGuide.pdf
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by:mrmut
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Thanks all!
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