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We have tried Boomerang but it does not find the deleted file. The file was deleted 3 days ago. I would think it is recoverable, but Boomerang does not show it.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Recoverability depends entirely on where the file was located on the hard drive and where data has been written since the file was deleted. Three days is a long time. –  Philip Regan Oct 31 '10 at 14:36
    
What file type is it? –  Robert S Ciaccio Oct 31 '10 at 22:43
    
The file is a Adobe InDesign file: .indd. –  tucson Nov 2 '10 at 8:24
    
PhotoRec supports .indd. I suggest you try out my suggestion ASAP or the file will likely become unrecoverable. –  Robert S Ciaccio Nov 2 '10 at 14:12
    
Not to lecture and I do feel your pain but this type of thing is exactly what Time Machine was built for. One situation like this is sometimes enough to get folks using it. Once you're through recovering the file with the help of the excellent advice here consider giving TM a try on an external drive. –  Richard Oct 23 '11 at 13:19
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PhotoRec is the best tool I've found for recovering files. It does have some baffling limitations however, like the fact that it can't recover .dmg files. It's a command line program but still very easy to use. And it's free :)

This step-by-step guide on their wiki makes it even easier.

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