By Shawn Hermans After the overwhelming feeling of dread passed, I started to look into file recovery options. I demoed a variety of commercial products to see if any of them could find my lost files or partitions.
Deleted or lost files can sometimes be recovered from failed or formatted drives and partitions, CD-ROMs and memory cards using the free/libre software available in the Ubuntu repositories.
Version 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) of the very best Free-Libre Open-Source data recovery software toolkit based on Ubuntu is out. Same toolkit - updated infrastructure. This release of Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix features a full command-line environment with up-to-date versions of the most powerful free/libre open-source data recovery software including GNU ddrescue, Photorec, The Sleuth Kit and Gnu-fdisk.
Are there other options to try?
WARNING: If you use Guest accounts in Snow Leopard, a bug has been that wipes the guest account contents entirely. 10.6.2 resolves this issue according to Apple. It may related to an earlier 10.4 bug that I indicated below, about using the Migration Assistant between PowerPC and Intel Macs. Instead if you have done so, be sure to backup at least twice and if necessary, rename the Guest account something else and give it admin access until the issue has been resolved.
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Arch Linux PPC is a project to port Arch Linux to the PowerPC architecture. This tutorial is designed to show you how to install Arch Linux on your NewWorld PowerPC computer (i.e. any Apple machine with a built-in USB port).
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Ok so this helped a lot, I was trying to install snow leopard on a 2006 macbook pro 15.4 because my mac hd had failed and would not boot, so I had to format and re-install, lost the original disc. got a disc 10.6.whatever that came with my brothers new 13 mac pro 2011, and of course got the cannot install on this mac message while trying to install.
Thanks so much for your quick responses.