Recovering .dbx files

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Recovering .dbx files

#1 Post by Trashking »

Hi there

Im having an issue with photorec (Just testing) . I am using hirens 15.1 to boot into Parted Magic and running photorec on a NTFS drive that was running XP. I am selecing only the Outlook (.pst .wab .dbx) extension from the file options list and scanning the whole disk. It is recuperating some dbx and wab files, but not the correct ones. The first image below shows what was recuperated, and second the shows what im actually trying to recover. My question is, why doesnt photorec find and recover those dbx files?

Apologies if this is a stupid question :P


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Re: Recovering .dbx files

#2 Post by Trashking »

The only thing I can think of is that somehow that the long and hidden path is causing photorec to miss these?

F:\Documents and Settings\owner\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{DFF16927-88E6-4EAA-A097-460B7E65289B}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

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Re: Recovering .dbx files

#3 Post by annice »

.dbx is a data file used to store emails, contacts, notes in Outlook express. But this files easily damaged or corrupted when exceed 2GB size limit or due to virus attack or application malfunctioning. But there is nothing to worry as by using Outlook express recovery software, you can easily recover damaged or corrupted .dbx files. It incorporated advance algorithm to recover inbox, Outbox, calendars, contacts, drafts etc. Get more details at:

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Re: Recovering .dbx files

#4 Post by cgrenier »

PhotoRec doesn't restore the original filenames. You have to open each file to know if they are the files you are looking for.

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Re: Recovering .dbx files

#5 Post by AugustineRay »

There is a great post that goes into details how corruption takes place, and how you will be able recover your corrupt data. Read Arthur Kornberg's DBX Recovery Guide. ... overy.html