Originally Posted by Ireland
Put this search in spotlight "movies folder", do you see any movie folders?
Er... searching for "movies folder" in spotlight will not find the movies folder, because the folder is called "movies", not "movies folder".
Here is what the O/P should do.
1.) Turn off computer and don't use it.
2.) Get yourself access to another Mac with 10.3 or 10.4 and a Firewire port. Let's call this Mac "Rescue Mac".
3.) On the "Rescue Mac", install Data Rescue II
4.) On the "Rescue Mac", if it is running 10.4, open system preferences and go to the spotlight pane, then the privacy tab.
5.) Turn on your Mac (the one with the deleted files), and immediately hold down the "T" key. This starts the Mac in "target disk mode", enabling it to be used as an external hard-drive.
6.) Connect the Macs together with a firewire cable.
7.) If the "Rescue Mac" is running 10.4, as soon as the hard drive of the Mac to be rescued appears on the desktop of the "Rescue Mac", drag the icon to the privacy tab (opened in step 4). This will prevent spotlight indexing the drive and writing the index to the drive (this could potentially over-write the deleted files)
8.) Run Data Rescue II on the mounted hard drive, making sure you select the hard drive of the "Rescue Mac" to be the destination of any deleted files that are found.
If you can't get access to another Mac, you will at the very least need an external dard drive for Data Rescue II to write recovered files to.