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Old 2009-09-04, 00:03   Link #1
sovietmisaki
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Question the lost files from The People's Republic of Kugistan

well more like the lost folder from my main external Hard Drive which I had named "People's Republic of Kugistan". to get to the point, it seems that due to some software corruption in my picture folder on my external, (with the CHKDSK utility that almost always comes up at start up) my picture folder ( with about 40+ GB's of material) disappeared after I started up with the annoying CHKDSK scan procedure) now, considering I've been collecting the stuff in that folder for years with the occasional DVD back-up's and such, I think some of the manga files started getting corrupted or something ( or the area/partition/etc.. of my external HDD that they where being stored on) well I wouldn't exactly say my picture folder that I have mention actually completely disappeared, as shown here

though the files vanishing on me like a ghost kind of confuse me, and there's the fact that they still leave a noticeable footprint on my External Hard Drive, which leads me to believe that I'm going to have to resort to really tricky measures to bring them back into existence as they once where.
any help will be greatly appreciated on me getting those files back
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Old 2009-09-04, 00:40   Link #2
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Now why would you place your valuable assets in such unstable locales? Do you know how many revolutions these places have, on and off?

Jokes aside, I might move the surviving files out of there.

I don't know much about file recovery, but here's a freeware app. I'm going to hope that the file system tables aren't screwed, and if so you're out of luck, but go ahead and give it a shot.
http://www.recuva.com/
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Old 2009-09-04, 03:41   Link #3
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If it was just an error in the ntfs file table, then there should be a generic $folder with $files inside. One would have to rename all these files so that they can be used as picture files again.
If CHKDSK just made the folder disappear completely I would question the consistency of the whole hdd as is. Even if you can recover files, then I would never again store something on that hdd (chances are you loose data again - broken hdds don't have a habbit to magically fix themselves physically).
Anyway a good file recover tool is Active@ File Recovery. Admittely the tool is not freeware. But I rescued a lot of data from screwed drives of PCs of relatives of mine with it. It is easy to use and supports all major windows file systems.
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Old 2009-09-04, 12:36   Link #4
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well I found this log containing this message:

Checking file system on F:
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Volume label is People's Republic of Kugistan.

One of your disks needs to be checked for consistency. You
may cancel the disk check, but it is strongly recommended
that you continue.
Windows will now check the disk.
Cleaning up 15 unused index entries from index $SII of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 15 unused index entries from index $SDH of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 15 unused security descriptors.

976760000 KB total disk space.
476857532 KB in 276916 files.
104324 KB in 6627 indexes.
0 KB in bad sectors.
379796 KB in use by the system.
65536 KB occupied by the log file.
499418348 KB available on disk.

4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
244190000 total allocation units on disk.
124854587 allocation units available on disk.

Internal Info:
40 55 04 00 a2 53 04 00 68 81 07 00 00 00 00 00 @U...S..h.......
51 1c 00 00 00 00 00 00 2d 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Q.......-.......
28 3b 01 14 00 00 00 00 68 f8 bc a5 00 00 00 00 (;......h.......
18 0a d3 14 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 9c 7a 13 d0 00 00 00 00 .........z......
90 8f 7a a6 00 00 00 00 88 39 07 00 b4 39 04 00 ..z......9...9..
00 00 00 00 00 f0 12 b1 71 00 00 00 e3 19 00 00 ........q.......

ok.... unused entries? what exactly would that mean?
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Old 2009-09-04, 17:24   Link #5
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Originally Posted by sovietmisaki View Post
well I found this log containing this message:

Checking file system on F:
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Volume label is People's Republic of Kugistan.

One of your disks needs to be checked for consistency. You
may cancel the disk check, but it is strongly recommended
that you continue.
Windows will now check the disk.
Cleaning up 15 unused index entries from index $SII of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 15 unused index entries from index $SDH of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 15 unused security descriptors.

976760000 KB total disk space.
476857532 KB in 276916 files.
104324 KB in 6627 indexes.
0 KB in bad sectors.
379796 KB in use by the system.
65536 KB occupied by the log file.
499418348 KB available on disk.

4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
244190000 total allocation units on disk.
124854587 allocation units available on disk.

Internal Info:
40 55 04 00 a2 53 04 00 68 81 07 00 00 00 00 00 @U...S..h.......
51 1c 00 00 00 00 00 00 2d 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Q.......-.......
28 3b 01 14 00 00 00 00 68 f8 bc a5 00 00 00 00 (;......h.......
18 0a d3 14 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 9c 7a 13 d0 00 00 00 00 .........z......
90 8f 7a a6 00 00 00 00 88 39 07 00 b4 39 04 00 ..z......9...9..
00 00 00 00 00 f0 12 b1 71 00 00 00 e3 19 00 00 ........q.......

ok.... unused entries? what exactly would that mean?
Do you have a lost and found files folder or something like this? The log seems not very useful. Except one thing... 65536 KB occupied by the log file... that log file is huge (65MB).
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Old 2009-09-04, 19:18   Link #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jinto View Post
Except one thing... 65536 KB occupied by the log file... that log file is huge (65MB).
That's the default size of the log file.

Code:
C:\Documents and Settings\Tom>chkdsk /L
The type of the file system is NTFS.
The current log file size is 65536 KB.
The default log file size for this volume is 65536 KB.
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Old 2009-09-05, 08:44   Link #7
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That's the default size of the log file.

Code:
C:\Documents and Settings\Tom>chkdsk /L
The type of the file system is NTFS.
The current log file size is 65536 KB.
The default log file size for this volume is 65536 KB.
Yeah thats right. But it is huge (Windows garbage ).

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Old 2009-09-05, 08:59   Link #8
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Anyway a good file recover tool is Active@ File Recovery. Admittely the tool is not freeware. But I rescued a lot of data from screwed drives of PCs of relatives of mine with it. It is easy to use and supports all major windows file systems.
I second that choice - it saved me a lot of trouble several times already. The only problem is that, just like pretty much any thorough file recovery software, it can take some time scanning the entire disk. I once made the mistake of not waiting till the very end and...only restored files that were not in the 'excellent' condition group - thus leaving me with a horde of corrupted archives and unreadable vids.

Active@ Partition Recovery is also quite nifty, too - I once succeeded (I still don't know how, but I managed to trace the source to a certain DVD region code removal program that seemed to have tampered, for no understandable reason, with the partition table) in making ALL of my HD partitions disappear and A@ PR got them back up.

The only problem, indeed...is that neither of them are freeware. But the results are worth the investment IMHO.


Otherwise, there's TestDisk that is reportedly good and free but otherwise not that user friendly.
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