restore files on FAT after format

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January 13, 2010 at 10:30:28
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.401 GHz / 2047 MB
Looking for a tool to recover files, on a FAT32 filesystem, after a format.

I've tried GetDataBack and FileScavenger. They look decent tools, but to actually restore files, you need to pay. FileScanvenger will allow files up to 60K to be restored, but that is a useless option.

So, question : is there a tool that will allow a restore of files, for free ?

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January 13, 2010 at 14:50:23
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January 13, 2010 at 14:57:10
OK, give me 3 years and I'll try them all

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January 13, 2010 at 17:27:54
The trick is to save the files BEFORE you format.

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January 14, 2010 at 08:40:50

same company that makes cCleaner. It is great and has worked for me.

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January 16, 2010 at 09:40:48
> The trick is to save the files BEFORE you format.

I know, but each time when I use my time-travelling machine, I end up on a slightly wrong time. Last week for example, I'd set the date to 23rd of march 1955 (so I could be present on the day of birth of my uncle), but the machine warped me to the 25th ! Needles to say, he was already born, and I missed the party.

I'll open a thread for this one though.

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January 17, 2010 at 10:09:22
Recuva allows actual recovery of files, but it flattens the whole directory structure, and the name of the files are all generated. Still, that would be still acceptable, given the fact a Format has occured. Temporary conclusion is that Recuva is the best!

He does mention files which he says are 4gig, which I don't really understand, since it was (and still is) a FAT32 filesystem. Need to check that.

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January 19, 2010 at 06:00:09
Recuva also seems to restore only a very limited kind of files. At startup, you can choose the type, but also the option to get all types. These types seem to be restricted to MP3, AVI, MPG, WAV and one ore more similar.

That's also not really what I want. Plus, the 4Gig files he has claimed to have found, can't write them on the system (was FAT32 before, is FAT32 now). Don't understand that one.

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January 31, 2010 at 08:08:54
Still not found a good tool to recover all files ... they all either have limit on:

- recovery itself
- file sizes
- file types

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February 18, 2010 at 06:46:07
Tried Recuva, R-Studio and FileScavenger

All of them either:
- limit files recovered to max. 64K size
- do not restore dir structure
- only recover files with specific extensions

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February 18, 2010 at 06:58:05
I use to use Helix.

You do need to have a good understanding of FAT to use it however. You need to understand Slack Space and I think it was the 13th bit that held the location of the fragmented files. Its been a long time since I have done any forensic on a formatted drive though.

In any case it will work but it might take some time to figure it out.

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