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How can I recover data from my hardrive?

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In mid august I bought the new Macbook air 13" Intel Core i5 for education use. And for the last 2 months I have been using it fulltime at the university. This means I have a lot of very emportent and irreplaceable notes and papers on my hard drive.

So here is the thing! Last week my Mac had a water damage in my computer bag and the screen is now burned out.. My insurance won't cover a new one and before I have the money, I need to recover all my files from my hard drive because I need them i school! I have looked for an adapter that I can use to connect the hard drive to another machine but because of the new product it is impossible to find!

Can anybody help me? I am desperate to find a way to get to my files!

From a hopefull Mac-user!

Frederik Jansen (Denmark)

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Frederik - Here's a possible solution OWC SSD Case. While it's noted to be for the older MBA I do think it will work. Give them a call or email to double check, they may have just not tested it yet.

UPDATE: They now make a collection of different cases to hold the different series SSD's! Go to their web site and search "Envoy Case" to see the different units.

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Thanks for the answer Dan. I contacted them at OWC but they told me that they have not found a solution for the new Macbook Air. Sad, but thank you for your help!

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Have you tried going to an Apple Store and see what they could do for you to salvage your data? I bet they'll say why didn't you back up. But, still give it a try. Look as sad as possible and tell them it's your data for your theses.

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do you think it will work?

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Look real bummed out, you never know, it's worth a try. Good Luck ;-}

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Time goes by and new options come along. OWC makes a couple of external SSD Blade enclosures. The Envoy and the Envoy Pro. The OWC Envoy OWCMAU3ENVOY12 USB 3.0 Enclosure for data transfer/continued externals should work for you. Newer machines use the Envoy Pro.

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MAU3E...

Look for these on eBay because people buy them, use them once for recovery and then sell them.

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you say your screen is burned out, but you don't say if your computer boots, either from the internal HD or from an internal or external DVD unit, using a Linux live-CD/DVD for instance

This would allow, connected to an external screen, rather than taking your hard drive out of the case, to copy the contents of your drive to an external USB hard disk ?

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If you see leds blinking and hear some clicks when you turn your computer on, it means it probably boots.

Try to find and connect an external screen. There should be an external screen connector on one of the edges of your laptop (probably the rear one). Every laptop has such connector, and a control key to switch from internal screen to external, and to both of them, that's very useful for people performing Powerpoint (or equivalent) slide shows. I am not a Mac user, but the user manual probably says how to switch screens.

When you have your external screen, computer powered off, connect the screen, turn it on, and then turn/push on your MBA. If you get at last a display, you are more than half-way to your data :-)

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How is that posible when I can see anything on the screen?

It would be amazing to find another way to get my data out!

Can you make me a how-to-do manual? Would be awesome!

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Markorki - I'm sure Frederik's computer didn't survive getting wet and only had his display die.

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As i say here:

IPad want turn on after rain damage

a computer can recover after a total bath (mine was dripping in any position when I took it from a 4 days drowned bag), if you do the right thing and are a bit lucky.

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The trick here is getting the battery out as soon as possible so electrolysis doesn't happen corroding up the logic board or killing the components. Depending on the chemical makeup of the water you could still have issues so it's best to dry it out as soon as possible. Sure, in your case you could have been very lucky the battery was very low and the water was very clean.

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if you do a system restore you shouldn't lose your data files like jpeg, or.doc Im sure all your stuff is in a folder somewhere.. do a search on the entire c:\drive for .jpeg or .doc and see if you recover your stuff.. The only way to lose data is if you do a format and complete reinstallation of your operating system.. not if u do a sys restore. About the office files.. if they won't open it's prob because your using an incompatible new application.. go to the old ones right click on them go to properties and in there you should be able to change the application that opens that document.. just change it to word doc or notepad if just need to view a file but if you need work on a file and edit it reinstall the original application you were using when it workedd fine. Hope that helps.

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Hi, Mac data loss is actually a hard task for many Mac users 'cause most of them think the Mac OS is a complicated computer operating system (At least I think it is complicated). Here are some tips you need to know after data loss happened.

1. If you meet the file loss situation, keep calm and stop using your computer to do any read or write operation until you find the way to recover the lost files because any wrong operation.

2. If you’ve lost a file, time is of the essence. As new files saved to Mac hard drive or storage devices, the original files gets overwritten. So do not use the drive or disk which your deleted files are stored before at all, until you have completed the scanning and recovery process.

3. The system crashed or the files loss situation happens occasionally, so remember build a backup for the files periodically is strongly needed.

4. If you meet the file loss situation again, stop using the Mac or storage device right now, use another computer to process the files recovery.

5. Remember this, no matter at the normal time or after files recovery, build a backup for the files periodically is the best method to protect your files from data loss situation.

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There are plenty of reasons for the lost or missing data in Mac system. However, to get out of the problems like above and recover your data quickly you should better use the backup created earlier. The backup file plays a very important role in restoring the lost data on Mac system. However, in case if you haven't created a backup file then in such case you need to use a very reliable and powerful Mac data recovery software.

To know more you might visit : http://www.undeletemac.org/easy-solution...

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Very true! But, there are times when you just haven't had a chance to do it or in this case I'm sure Frederik is living on a thin dime being a university student (I remember my years wondering if I would have the money to eat or need to pay for a book I needed).

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what happens if after spilling water in MAC Air with precious unbacked up data, it turns black and won'tturn on. How can data be recovered in that case?

Thanks

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An external OWC Envoy enclosure.

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Take the HDD out of the enclosure and plug directly into the main board. See if you can access it then.

It looks like your only route is professional data recovery like uFlysoft:

Step 1. Launch the software to scan the device where your files deleted

Step 2: Preview the scan result files and make mark if it is the one you find

Step 3: Recover files

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For most average computer users, the thought that you can still recover files after formatting the hard drive is just impossible. Any data that wasn’t backed up is gone permanently. However, this is not always true. You can still retrieve files even after you have reformatted your hard drive. The key is just to act quickly.

File recovery from a formatted OS? Absolutely yes! You can restore data lost due to a reformatted hard drive. What you need to do is scan your computer with this specialized data recovery software and you can rescue the important files erased from your computer.

Looking to recover files from a damaged or formatted hard drive? Don’t panic, you may be able to recover that lost data. Simply scan your computer for free with the best file recovery software on the net. The sooner you act, the better your chances of recovery are.

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