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Recovery accidentally deleted files from any external storage medium!

Lets say you accidentally deleted an important file. You even emptied the trash can or recycling bin. You're absolutely sure it's gone forever. But it's not! First of all, if you are in this situation, unplug the flash drive, or whatever the file is stored on. Don't mess with it. It will make the possibility of data recovery much more likely later.

As a second example, lets say one day you wake up, walk over to your desk, turn on your Mac, and nothing happens. You've tried everything, but the computer just won't boot. In this situation, you're more free to mess with things to attempt to fix them, since its much harder to damage data on a computer that won't boot. However, if you want to play it on the safe side, still refrain from tampering with things.

This is where I come in. Being familiar with computers, and how they handle data, I know a few techniques to recover seemingly lost data. However, these methods aren't foolproof. In that case, if I fail to recover any of your data, you don't own me anything. Keep in mind that its not common to recover data in its entirety. Some information might be missing. As a result, if I recover any data at all, I consider it a successful recovery. Of course, I'll do my best to recover as much as I can, but if I only recover some of it, I'll charge you less. You always have the option to change your mind if you don't think what I've recovered is useful enough to be worth what I think is a fair price. You can also let me know what price you'd be willing to pay.

So how do I do what I do? Well, when you delete a file, you aren't actually deleting the data. You're just removing the headers that indicate the precense of a file. This tells your computer that that space is free to be overwritten with new data. However, until then, your data is still there. This is why its important not to mess with a drive after you've accidently deleted data from it. You don't want to risk overwriting the deleted information. I'm familiar with various techniques to locate this data and attempt to re-establish it's headers, effectively recovering it.

The process is slightly different with Mac recovery. If your entire Mac isn't booting, then theres a wide variety of reasons it could be failing. The most likely is that some important MacOS files were somehow damaged. Luckily, this is relatively easy to fix. However, doing so often requires that you reset your Mac, and lose any data on it. I know various techniques of pulling data off of dead Macs, without further damaging anything. These techniques are more time consuming than basic file recovery, but have a much higher success rate, and often have a 100% file recovery rate.

If you have any questions, or are interested in letting me help you recover some data, don't hestitate to contact me at vieirast@icloud.com