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    Apr 03, 2011
    can I recover securely erased data
    I have deleted files that I need to keep using the 7 pass secure erase utility is it possible to retrieve them using a MacOS utility or other software or are they toast?

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    Jul 02, 2006
    Crawley, England
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    Toast. Highly unlikely that you will be able to recover them, even with expensive software.
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    Jan 22, 2010
    Victoria, BC
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    It's worth calling and asking a professional data-recovery company like DriveSavers, but even if they say "maybe" (which is the best you'll get out of them) rather than "hahahahNO" it will cost you a couple grand to get that stuff back.

    So basically the answer is no. Sorry.

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    Dec 20, 2006
    Lake Mary, Florida
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    The whole point of the 7-pass secure delete option is to make sure that absolutely no data is recoverable. So, the likelihood that anyone can recover that data is next to nothing.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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