Data Recovery Mac

A client of mine on a Mac has mistakenly deleted some photos and then emptied his trash.
Is it possible to recover those photos? I think his marriage depends on it.
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Turn off the Mac before anything else.  Install a data recovery software on another Mac.  Boot the Mac with the deleted files into Target mode and connect it to the 2nd Mac and run the recovery software on it.

You could install the data recovery software on the Mac that lost the data, but you could overwrite some of the deleted data.  I recommend using a 2nd Mac to be more certain of recovering all the data.

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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
If the data is that important, I would shut it off, cold shutoff with the power switch, not a commanded shutoff from the menu.  I also would not risk booting the system at all afterward.  There's no telling what the system might decide to overwrite as it boots up.

Then I'd pull the drive out completely and send it to a commercial data recovery house such as Kroll Ontrack.  They'll give you a free consultation at their 800 number.
vlogg5Author Commented:
I am not familiar with how a Mac HDD allocates new files. I have to back up and remove about 50 gigs of data from the HDD because
the drive is almost full anyway. Do you think that if after I free up that space there is still a possibility that if I install the recovery
program on the HDD that there is still chance that the deleted pictures will be overwritten?
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vlogg5Author Commented:
I consider this question closed now, other than comments from serialband.
If you really want to recover data, you don't run or start the drive that has the missing data.  You need to pull that drive and run the recovery form another system to be sure you don't accidentally overwrite any data that you wish to recover.  That's always been the case.
vlogg5Author Commented:
Thanks to both of you.
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