File Names

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File Names

#1 Post by cfskellyvt »

What significance do the file names have when recovered? For example, after sorting the recovered files the names are as such f43406750.bat, f0249214.c, and f18313224.mp3 file?
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Re: File Names

#2 Post by cgrenier »

In some case, the filename is stored in the file itself, PhotoRec try to recover the filename in this case but most of the time, PhotoRec can't. PhotoRec uses the logical sector number to create the filename, it appends the original filename or the document title when possible, the filename ends by the file extension.

If the filesystem isn't damaged, TestDisk may be able to undelete the file with its filename. It works for FAT, NTFS and ext2.