December 3, 2012 at 6:42 pm #4441
Hi folks, I’ve been getting some excellent support from Kim at cleverfiles, but I got a bit confused by some of the answers, so thought I might be able to get some extra help here…
Sad story: I put a couple of my drives into a new NAS box, not realising that the NAS would initialise the drives (I know, very very silly of me!). One drive contained all my iMovie files – some very important to me. Disk Drill is showing this drive now as multiple partitions (?) – presumably created by the NAS software, so I guess that I cannot get my original disk structure back. Am I right?
A Deep Scan has found lots of .mov files, which is very encouraging (thank you, Disk Drill), but no iMovie package files.
Q1: Can Disk Drill detect iMovie package files (I’ve not seen any either from a Quick or Deep Scan) ? Or do I have no other option but to recover the .mov files and reimport them to iMovie?
Q2: Can Disk Drill recover metadata (date created, original name etc.) for these files, please? I’ve tested one or two by recovering them to another drive, and the metadata relates only to the date recovered, and does not show the original date created – is there any way to get the original metadata back?
Thanks in advance for any assistance.December 4, 2012 at 3:59 am #5060
Hi there, thanks for your questions! I’ll also try to augment Kim’s replies.
PedroAus said: Can Disk Drill detect iMovie package files (I’ve not seen any either from a Quick or Deep Scan) ?
I guess the package file is a folder, and thus cannot be recovered with Deep Scan. Quick Scan or Search for Lost Partitions might help, but if you tried and they didn’t, then the data is not recoverable in a format you need it back.
PedroAus said: Can Disk Drill recover metadata (date created, original name etc.) for these files, please?
It surely can… if it’s recoverable. Check the product’s tour for details, it explains the differences between recovery methods. Deep Scan won’t be able to get this data back, as usually it’s stored in your file system’s directory, which seems to be lost.December 11, 2012 at 6:11 pm #5067
Success! There were two disks that I accidentally formatted. The directory structures and metadata were not recoverable from the first disk, but after several attempts I have now recovered over 4,000 .mov files. Several times the recovery failed part way through – perhaps due to my Mac going in to sleep mode – but finally I recovered all files detected in the scan. Now I have to review them all and bring what I can back into iMovie. But at least I seem to have most, if not all, of the raw data.
On second disk the formatted partition was able to be found and all files, directory structure and meta data has been recovered!
A big thank you to CleverFiles and DiskDrill and let me know if you need any other testimonial!!December 14, 2012 at 3:58 am #5064
Awesome. Thank you, too!
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