January 14, 2011 at 4:46 am #4281
One of the partitions of one of my hard drives decided to stop working a half a year ago (something to do with a corrupted boot sector, I’d imagine). Not being able to do anything about the hard drive, I just let it be until I could. Which happened to be yesterday when I finally decided to give Disk Drill a try. Technically, all the files were there but since the boot sector was corrupted, it couldn’t mount the partition.
After doing a 15h deep scan on the partition, it most likely found all the files. Why I say most likely is because I wouldn’t know – none of the original file names were there, all the names seemed to be temporary names by Disk Drill.
So here’s my question – would it be possible to recover the files with their original names? I can’t imagine that it would be impossible, since the name should be just a part of the data. Or am I wrong here?
Or maybe there’s even a better solution to get the files back in my situation? Since none of my files we’re deleted or gone to begin with, I just couldn’t mount the partition cause of the boot sector.
All help is very much appreciated and a huge thanks in advance!
Ragnar.January 14, 2011 at 6:01 am #4645
Hi there, thanks for giving Disk Drill a try. Actually, yes, Deep Scan is not able to recover original file names at this moment, more details about it here. However, we do plan to add 2 features in future:
1) True partition recovery exactly for the cases like yours, when the file system is OK, and only boot sector is not available. In theory this should help you recover original disk structure, even original file names, and absolutely all data.
2) Original file names recovery from HFS+ for cases when file system is corrupt, but still recoverable as a binary data from catalog-file. This can also help in your case.
But unfortunately, we’ll have to ask you to keep your disk untouched for some more time until we implement this 🙂January 14, 2011 at 6:59 am #4646
Hi, yournameisJR! 🙂
Thanks so much for the reply! I guess I will put the disk back to a safe place and wait for your new amazing features. In the meanwhile, I’ll just will use what I got from the disk last night.
The files (3 years worth of .zips for my music production project source files) were very super important to me, and even though I don’t have the original file names (I have a very specific numeral naming system), I at least have the sources themselves. So I’m insanely happy after 6 months of depression, haha! All thanks to you guys!
Disk Drill for the win! Again, thanks so much!April 3, 2011 at 9:44 am #4704
Any news on this feature?April 4, 2011 at 4:31 am #4705
One of them has already been implemented in the form of “Search for lost partitions” in Disk Drill 1.2. Grab it here: http://www.cleverfiles.com/getdiskdrillApril 16, 2011 at 9:32 pm #4708
Great ProductApril 16, 2011 at 9:35 pm #4709
Any news on this feature? I have over 300gigs i would like to recover but I cant imagine going through all that data and renaming. Unless someone has a way after recovering the data.April 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm #4710
Did you try Search for Lost Partitions? This recovery method was introduced in Disk Drill 1.2, and was improved in version 1.3. If any lost partitions are found, they are added to the list of available ones as virtual partitions, if you then use Quick Scan it will recover all original file structures from them.May 9, 2011 at 4:44 pm #4716
I did now try to search for lost partitions but it did not find any.
Here, I made a screenshot – http://cl.ly/6bwp
The Untitled 1 partition is which has corrupted data on it. It’s been almost a year since it broke down and I really miss some of the very important files I have there. I had 2-3 years worth of my music productions/creations on there and… well, I really did like some of the stuff I did, so I would really love to get them back and work on them some more.
How to proceed? =/
EDIT: Would the Pro version help me out somehow?May 10, 2011 at 5:35 am #4717
If Quick Scan and Search for Lost Partitions didn’t return any results, Deep Scan is the last thing to use. Since version 1.3.118, Deep Scan attempts to recover original file names if any data on these is still there.May 10, 2011 at 5:36 am #4718
Oh, thank you! I will try Deep Scan again and see if it can recover my files with their original names. I can’t even do a quick scan on that partition, is it because it’s NTFS or what?May 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm #4719
Quick Scan is available for NTFS. Not sure what’s happening in your case. You may send the details to firstname.lastname@example.org for troubleshooting.July 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm #4743
I got 1.3.112 from apple store. How can I get .118 ? I would like to try to recover the original filenames?July 4, 2011 at 4:38 am #4744
No way until we release an update for Disk Drill Media Recovery or you upgrade to Disk Drill PRO.July 5, 2011 at 3:34 am #4745
Update: the build of Disk Drill Media Recovery available on the App Store actually has this feature built-in already. But remember, that it’s not very likely that your Mac file system partitions were deleted that way that part of the catalog is still there and file names are recoverable by Deep Scan, though Disk Drill does that attempt to get the original file names back.
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