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Member Since: Jul 01, 2011
Location: Denver, CO
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OnTheOtherHand is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: 15" MacBook Pro; 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5; 4GB 1067MHz DDR3; OS X 10.6.8; 2010 model

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One day last year, my PowerBook G4 up and died on me... that it would boot up nicely but it would not get to the log in screen. I pretty much assumed that the PowerBook G4 was DOA and I bought a 15" MacBook Pro a week later. Now, I had a lot of important files in my home folder (i.e. scan of a Canadian visa, a large music library, etc) that I wish to restore.

I've purchased an enclosure last week and I put the hard disk that I extracted from the old mac into the new enclosure. I have been trying to recover the sparsebundle file which has my FileVault protected files because, even though the hard disk will mount and I can see my old Applications, Library and other folders, I can't find my home folder's sparsebundle. I was wondering, does anyone here know of any way that I can recover the old sparsebundle? Note that the hard disk has NOT been used since that happened and I have not changed the file structure on that hard disk (in other words, I have not been saving or deleting files or formatting the drive).

So, does anyone have any ideas? I know that PhotoRec doesn't exactly try to find sparsebundles (after all, sparsebundles don't have a header that they recognize, they only recognize these files) but it has been successful at pulling old Apple EULAs and old Apple TV ads from the hard disk (apparently, the former owner was a fellow Mac geek, who knew? ;-P ) as well as assets and icon sets from (mostly) old versions of Apple applications, a whole lot of plist and txt files that aren't my personal files... as House said, "a lot of apples, no candy bars". ;-P So I know files *can* be restored from this hard disk, I'm just looking for the candy bar in a sea of apples.

Specific details about the old computer:
  • 12" PowerBook G4, 1GHz
  • 160 GB hard disk
  • had the latest version of Mac OS X 10.5
  • the computer was updated regularly
  • All of my applications, the library and System folder seems to be intact.
  • No changes have been made to the hard disk since the loss, other than placing the hard disk in an enclosure.
  • Format: Mac OS Extended (journaled)
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