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How To Recover Accidentally Overwritten Catalog On A Mac?

External SSD with ExFat filesystem I have a problem with accidentally overwriting the directory. To make the case clear, a little example will allow us to understand. That looks like the structure on disk /DirA/FolderA/F1 /DirA/FolderA/F2 /DirB/FolderA/F3 /DirC/ /DirD/. Then I select /DirB/FolderA to copy it to /DirA/FolderA. Finder popup message and I accidentally click on overwrite instead of merge. Action cause that I don't see F1 and F2 folders and files anymore. It is very strange, cause I used recovery programs and they do not show any of the files from F1 / F2 folders. However, I see other deleted files from other locations. What happened? How i can restore the data?

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iBoysoft author Vain Rowe

Vain Rowe

Answered on Monday, February 19, 2024

Too often, the copy action doesn't overwrite the destination files. As for the trouble you run into, I can only speculate that you mistakenly click on overwrite instead of merge when you copy the /DirB/FolderA to /DirA/FolderA. 

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