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by Maria O. Arguello
My daughter called me in a panic that all her photos on her computer were gone!!!! She was truly distraught. My grandson had gotten a new iPod and was using the computer when he inadvertently deleted all the iPhoto images.
I told her I could not guarantee anything, but that I might have a solution. I decided to put DataRescue II to the task. I told her to turn off the computer and not allow anybody to use it until I attempted the recovery.
DataRescue II is not a repair utility like DiskWarrior or TechTool Pro. It does what its name says. It rescues data you've lost.
You will need an external hard drive, either USB or FireWire, or another internal hard drive, as large as the drive being rescued. DataRescue II leaves the original drive untouched, which prevents any further data loss on it. You boot from the DataRescue CD. DataRescue displays a window which gives you a choice of rescuing your entire drive or just the files you need. In my daughter's case, I only wanted to recover images.
I was pleasantly surprised at the thorough job DataRescue II did in finding EVERYTHING and then some. I had good news for my daughter, and I looked very, very smart.
The folder of recovered images had the thumbnails, originals, modified images, deleted items (new in DataRescue II), and movies that were imported into iPhoto.
This is a must-have utility. It does what it's supposed to do exceptionally well.
© 2006 by
Maria O. Arguello & MLMUG