This has been a rough day or so. Friday night I was rearranging my external drives in a way to be better for when I add the cloud backup and totally screwed up - partly because of my eyesight and because Apple doesn’t let you use big text in important places ( like try reading stuff in the App Store within using zoom if your eyes are less than ideal!).
Well, I repartitioned me 5 tb drive to have one small partition which would be a bootable clone of my ssd. Then the rest would contain iTunes plus lots of music, pictures, and other stuff I want to keep, but not put into iTunes, photos, etc.
Did that just fine, but when looking at each partition, it still showed data in one of them. Or so I thought. Turns out my poor eyes had clicked on the wrong partition (names were similar). So I erased it. And immediately realized I had managed to erase both copies of those files!
A lot of the 500+ gb of those files consisted of backups of movies I bought and remove protection from. It would take awhile, but I could just do them again on my old MacBook (the app doesn’t work with Mojave).
I tried getting things back when I saw an option that said “restore”. But whatever it did failed. And not only that, that partition no longer showed up on the desktop.
I finally saw in disk Utility that it cot some weird “container “ name and was an APFS volume, and it wasn’t mounted. And I couldn’t get it mounted.
Someone helped me with a recovery program. Had to do a deep scan. Quick scan found nothing. Another program didn’t even find stuff with a deep scan. Then I stared the recovery process to another disk and hoped a lot for a long time.
Well too many files to check everything, but of the many I did check, on some of the movie backups wouldn’t work - 14 of the, all listed consecutively. But I can redo those.
I guess I was due for a big mistake after about 40 years on computers. But weird that it happened just as I was working on having a better backup system!