Recovering Safari Web Archives?

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  • #4358

    ccole4
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    Hi everybody, first time poster here. Anyhow I am contemplating on buying DD Pro, but don’t know if it will do the job I need to get done. What happened is I forgot to move all of my Safari .webarchive files over to the new partion (some of the files were corrupt so I didn’t use migration assistant) before reformatting the whole hd as one partion. Only then after deleting and reformatting of the old partion did I realize what had happen! I tried the free DD basic and was told .webarchives can be recovered, but I don’t know how to do that. Can anyone help me??

    #4837

    mynameisJR
    Participant

    Were you able to locate .webarchive files as a result of Quick Scan? If so, you have very good chances of recovering these files. Email us if you have any concerns.

    #4838

    ccole4
    Participant

    I wasn’t able to locate anything with a .webarchive extension. I have followed the proper procedures twice, and find every type of file but .webarchive. Is it possible that the extension could have been converted to something else when the partion was erased and reformatted?

    #4839

    mynameisJR
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    I don’t think so. You still haven’t confirmed the scanning method that you used: was it Quick Scan or Deep Scan? The latter is not capable of recovering .webarchive files.

    #4840

    mynameisJR
    Participant

    The full list of known file signatures (the ones that Deep Scan uses to reconstruct files) can be found here: http://www.cleverfiles.com/mac-data-recovery.html

    #4841

    ccole4
    Participant

    Sorry I took so long replying back. Yes, I tried Quick scan, saw nothing with a .webarchive extension. Is it possible they could be lost if I immedaitely chose to “Erase Free Space” after deleting the partion and reformatting?

    #4842

    mynameisJR
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    There are many more possible reasons that could lead to complete loss of your files than just erasing free space. If Quick Scan didn’t find this type of files, Deep Scan won’t be able to reconstruct them as they are actually, not files, but folders.

    #4845

    ccole4
    Participant

    When I looked at the known files and file type section, I didn’t see anything even close to resembling a Safari .webarchive file. Are they just not recognized by Disk Drill?

    #4846

    mynameisJR
    Participant

    As I mentioned before… file signatures only relate to Deep Scan, so this scanning method doesn’t know about webarchives. The only recovery method that could help you is Quick Scan, if it didn’t find your files, they are gone.

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