Files saved on the Macintosh desktop are at most risk than those saved in particular locations (separate volumes). First of all they are at risk of accidental deletion while arranging icons on the desktop. Even they might be shifted to trash unintentionally. A desktop is a part of the OS and fetch information from it. That is the reasons why every Mac OS X computer should be partitioned into several volumes. The hard drive partition is mere a simple task and can be easily done with the help of the Disk Utility or a non-Apple partition tool. A non-Apple partition utility gains upper edge over disk utility due to presence of feature that makes the confidential partitions kept hidden from illegitimate users who again possess great threat to the files & folders. Remember, too many files on the desktop makes it look cluttered and untidy.
Is the file gone from the desktop recoverable??
In the first impression, the answer seems to be pretty obvious because with the advent of file recovery software & tools, recovery of any Mac file from the drive is just few clicks away. However, file recovery software has its own set of rules like: -
- Once a data deletion takes place, immediately avoid any further use of the Mac OS X to prevent overwriting of the files.
- This is beyond the user's scope but data saved on the bad sectors of the hard drive is the most difficult to regain by a recovery software. Though the software has an advance feature called 'RAW RECOVERY' which makes the recovery from the drive but the file may not be in the correct format.
- Now comes the barrier of the tool recovering file from a desktop location. The OS update itself on periodic basis which is beyond the user's control. Doing so, it replaces the deleted file information from the desktop causing a overwriting of the location with some other information. And as we know recovery tool works on basis of these left-over’s of the files which when not found on the hard drive will result in failed recovery. Many cases of the same are reported every time a user tries to recover a deleted file from the desktop with a recovery software. But not all the cases are hopeless because if the OS hadn't updated itself and meantime a recovery tool is made to run then the file would be recovered like an ordinary recovery process.
Precautions, if any? So, this is true that a user can't interfere in the OS activities but can manage to stop any read/write activity on the drive. A better option would be to cut the power supply to the Mac by shutting it down and removing the hard drive until a proper recovery software is not arranged. This however will stop the Mac OS by updating itself. Check out the review of an efficient Mac data recovery software by Dave Taylor:http://bit.ly/P6o8N6