Macbook Woe(s) or “How to recover accidentally deleted files from your Macbook”

So get this…

I think I am pretty intelligent. I have an idiot-proof plan for backing up my important data. The only time the plan fails is when I, well… act like an idiot.

A few weeks ago I found myself in a situation where I needed to record a two hour presentation onto my Macbook. I did it pro… I hooked up a mixer to a Presonus Firepod and hooked that into the firewire port and fired up GarageBand. (Note: Garageband will not record for two hours… I think it has a 90 minute max)

Now, not knowing the final file size, I realized I needed to make some room on my drives. I try to keep my data pretty clean and organized, but lately I have found myself pretty busy, so I had a lot of loose files to move off to another drive, but found my external drive to be pretty full as well. So, I did what I should have known better to do, I deleted my backup… not my partials, but the full backup, thinking to myself “I’ll make another one as soon as I am done”

I am sure you know what happened after that. I never did. My drive was full so I couldn’t make another copy. And, of course, last Thursday I accidnetaly deleted a folder from my desktop called “Projects.” I am also sure you know that a folder called that contains files somewhat more important than a Lowe’s shopping list.

If you ever find yourself in this situation, I recommenend that you stop using the machine, but do not turn it off, and download Boomerang. This softare is comparatively priced with other recovery software, and was able to recover a lot of my raw files. The files where not organized, but I did save me some work.

I also recommend not deleting your Backups.

Needless to say, I made a new one yesterday, and it was good that I did, because today my logic board started smoking, so I promptly shut the machine down and took it to the Apple Store in my city. Now Apple is replacing it. Hooray for Apple’s terrific warranties. I did, however find out that Apple is no longer offering loaners for Pro-Care member s, which really, really sucks. I can’t really see any reason to have a Pro-care account.

So now I am enjoying playing with a Fujitsu Lifebook while I wait. It is honestly really making me look forward to the rumoured “Featherbook.