Recovering "ghost" files?

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Recovering "ghost" files?

#1 Postby orallo » 04 Apr 2012, 12:53

Hi all,

I've used photorec in the past to recover files from harddrives, pendrives, etc. I've never had a problem with it nor did I need support.

This time I'm trying to recover some photos from a hdd that its been sittin on a shelf for a long time and when I stored it was working properly now it cannot be mounted on windows.

Photorec sees the hdd conected, and starts the process. I've selected a folder called c:\recover to dump whatever photorec finds...

So far its veeeery slowly recovering some files, at least thats what the photorec screen says, but I cant find the files ANYWERE in my computer, not on the c:\recover folder or anywhere else for that matter...

Any ideas??

THanks in advance for your time.
Orallo.

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Re: Recovering "ghost" files?

#2 Postby remy » 04 Apr 2012, 13:15

You probabely have a defective disk (not far from the end, it can become very slow because of reading sector retries) and you should better image it and try a recovery on the clone. If it was in good condition before, you may perhaps be able to recover partitions with testdisk, instead of acrving it with PR.

EDIT : By the way, if you are looking for pictures only, select the file type you're looking for, unless you have some "ASCII pictures" in .txt files
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Re: Recovering "ghost" files?

#3 Postby orallo » 04 Apr 2012, 13:49

Thanks for your reply Remy,

But do you know where the recovered files went??? I cant find them anywhere on the computer.

Thanks,
-Orallo

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Re: Recovering "ghost" files?

#4 Postby Fiona » 04 Apr 2012, 14:11

If your OS is Vista/Win7 you shouldn't recover data in root (for example C:\temp).
Easlily try to recover your data into your profile /documents and create a folder there.
Standard path is testdisk folder.
Also check your Ownership.
In the background, there shouldn't run antivirus, norton ghost, norton sonar which can prevent data from recovery.

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Re: Recovering "ghost" files?

#5 Postby remy » 06 Apr 2012, 09:15

Files are... where you told photorec to write ;)

You may find them by searching folders "recup_dir.*", or files f*.jpg with your search tool.
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