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  1. Winapp2.ini additions

    Please do not use insulting language on this forum. Last warning.
  2. Restore a completed folder

    You can sort the Path column by clicking on the column header. You can then find the desired path, highlight or check all you find, and recover to a folder on a different drive. If you have sub-folders then in Advanced Mode/Options/Actions check Restore Folder Structure (ignore the Secure Overwriting box). Alternatively after the scan enter all or part of the path in the Filename or Path box (in Advanced Mode) in the form of users\name\documents for example. Then check all by checking the box next to Fiklename and recover as above. This is the easier way if the folder has very many files.
  3. Defraggle Improper SSD handling

    And what was that, I wonder?
  4. Photos lost

    I don't have any good news. SSD's are a nightmare for recovery, too clever for their (or our) own good. When a file is deleted on an SSD a TRIM command is sent to the SSD which tells the device controller that the pages are no longer needed. The controller then unmaps those pages (and effectively replaces them with a page of zeroes). At that point the previous data is irretrievably lost. I think that this explains the zeroes in the headers. If the device were USB attached then the TRIM command might not be passed to the controller, and there would be a chance of recovery, but the zeroes do not bode well. Files are listed because Recuva reads the MFT and gets the file list and page addresses from there (TRIM does not touch the contents of the MFT). Unfortunately the address of the old data is of no use. Have you put any filter i your scan? If so I would rescan with no filter at all so you retrieve all deleted files. Did you run a deep scan? If not do so (yes, with no filter). You might find some edit copies etc. Do you have any shadow copies listed in Recuva? If so I would scan these. In advanced Mode Options/Actions check scan for non-deleted files, again not putting any filter in the scan. After the scan enter yourname\documents in the filter box to reduce the list. I have tried this and the results were not as good as I expected, with most pics chopped or distorted. As soon as you find anything recover it to a folder on another drive. Good luck.
  5. Have to go out now but it looks as if you're right, can't see my serial no at first glance.
  6. Well, that just goes to show how I can mis-read a post. I'll have another look.
  7. Yes, still there in the same place using Speccy 1.31.372 PS I am using the portable version, although I can't see that making a difference..
  8. Yes, uder Storage/Hard Drives the first disk is specified, and the tenth entry is Serial Number, between ATA Standard and LBA Size. My speccy is 1.25.674, which I downloaded a couple of years ago and tested, and didn't bother with it anymore. I'll download the latest vers and try that.
  9. I have a very old version of Speccy and it shows the serial number in the XML extract, about 10 down in the disk section. Does your version not have this?

    There's no correct or incorrect, it depends on what you want. Normal file deletion has no part in wipe free space. As you are running wfs from Options/Settings it will do one pass of zeroes. Checking Wipe MFT will obviously take more time, depending on the size of the MFT and how many invalid records it holds. The rest is due to the size of the disk and how much free space there is. Possibly the fragmented state might increase the total time as well. Also when you run wfs you are running the other cleaning processes as well (unless you right click wfs in Cleaner and select Wipe Free Space, which runs it alone). As you have selected normal file deletion this shouldn't take too long, but still has to be accounted for. Wipe Free Space, simple overwrite, within Drive Wiper will do a stand-alone wipe so you can see how long it is really taking.
  11. Comment field

    No. If you are in Wizard mode, just click on the Switch to Advanced Mode box in the top right corner.

    Are you using Drive Wiper or options/Settings? I would think that the time for wiping free space depends on the disk size, whether wipe MFT has been checked, and how many passes have been selected. I haven't personally noticed any increase in time with the same disk size and options.
  13. Comment field

    In Advanced Mode the Info pane will show the full comment for each file.
  14. Speccy Help?

    Please do not double post, GMV.
  15. Recuva recovers (copies) whatever is at the clusters at the address held in the file header. Word will attempt to open the file, and if the file isn't in Word format then it will fail. As Mta said, what is the file system, how long has it been since the file was deleted?
  16. How to recover a directory ?

    My tests have been on FAT32 only, and I can recover a deleted directory back to the root (they were simle tests however). I think that success depends on the circumstances of the individual.
  17. I believe the 'problem' here is that when you plug a device into a USB slot it communicates with the system using the USB mass storage protocol. It simply doesn't support SMART (which is an ATA command). A USB attached hard disk is no different from a USB attached flash drive or SD card, or anything that has a USB plug on the end of a cable, they use different protocols. The system doesn't know what sits on the other end, it may not speak ATA at all. Some protocols, like the one used by USB hard disks, allow ATA commands to be passed through different protocol layers, but there is no general protocol to speak to those devices, and it's probably not supported by WMI, because it's a very complex task. Speccy, like the other Piriform applications, I believe only use WMI requests, so SMART data is not available from USB connected devices. As I said I'm no expert (and this was mainly cribbed from an article in StackOverflow) so I'm quite amenable to being corrected, as I'm at the limits of my knowledge on this subject..
  18. How to handle too many files

    The list isn't saved. If Recuva were accessible then the list could be saved as a text file, to be used as reference only, not as input to the recovery process. i remember Recuva when it was under 1 mb in size and disks were around 150 mb. Now disks are three terabytes, that's a lot to bite off and chew. As Recuva doesn't write to the source disk it must write its data to ram. I don't know the size of the saved info for each file but with 12 m files and ram up to 12 gb it must be well into the hundreds of bytes. There's no upper limit to the disk size Recuva can handle, but there must be an upper file/ram combination, and it looks as if you're hitting it. As Recuva will always scan the entire drive whatever scan options you choose I don't really know what to suggest to proceed further, apart from killing every other process you can whilst Recuva is running. I'll have a think overnight.
  19. Can Recuva Professional give a deeper scan

    I've no idea. You'll have to look for yourself.
  20. Can Recuva Professional give a deeper scan

    No, the scanning and recovery processes are identical.
  21. CC's normal file deletion is just that, the equivalent of a shift/del, so any of these deleted files could be recovered before they are overwritten. If you have secure file deletion checked then the files that CC deletes can't be recovered with or without software. However there are log files, journal , and probably other places that contain some file data, which have been the downfall of many a poor lad. CC isn't a forensic cleaner, but it's good enough for me, and I'm mainly concerned about passwords and banking details. An occasional wipe free space, with a wipe MFT if you want, followed by a Recuva deep scan, select all, overwrite all, is a reasonable procedure, in my opinion. As SSD is far more secure than a HDD, and an occasional optimise should suffice. Many people are paraniod about erasing deleted data and will go to great lengths to smite it asunder, but take few precautions about securing their live data. It's always been a puzzle to me.
  22. Can recuva restore bad sectors?

    The files beginning with $ are system metafiles and cannot be recovered. Recuva can 'recover' them in the sense that they can be copied to a new location, but they will remain as copies, as they cannot be reinstalled over the existing metafiles. As far as I remenber $BadClus is a sparse file. meaning that it theoretically extends to the whole size of the drive but in fact it is zero bytes. It is not used nowdays as bad cluster control is managed by the disk controller. All this might be moderately intreresting, but is academic due to the above. To find as many files as possible I would not enter any selection criteria at all, apart from the drive letter. Switch to Advanced Mode and in Options/Actions check Restore Folder Structure (ignore the fact that this seems to relate to secure deletion, it has nothing to do with it), and then save the lot to a folder on a different drive. As you are looking for live files I would do as you have, checking Scan for Non-Deleted Files, and not do a deep scan as this only searches for deleted files. I suppose you could check deep scan if you're desperate, on a drive of this size it wiouldn't take too long.
  23. edb file extensions

    Google will tell you all you want to know.
  24. Unable to locate missing files

    The ? means that the owning folder (in this case the folder that held WhatsApp Video) has been deleted and Recuva can't rebuild the folder chain back to the root. I'm afraid that you'll have to do what you can with the files that Recuva has found.
  25. How to recover a directory ?

    As I assume English is not your native language there’s a lot of confusion here. I can’t really understand your last two posts. Recuva will reconstruct all the valid directories in a path up to the root. Right click on the list of files found and select Tree View to see what you will get. As you’re recovering from a ‘USB key’ I assume that it’s FAT32. It would be pointless 'recovering' a directory. The contents would be invalid, and it won’t work across different O/S’s. If the directory path can be established then Recuva will reconstruct it (if you select the right option). If the path can’t be established then no software is going to invent a path. If you really want to recreate a directory then right click in File Explorer, select New/Folder, rename it, and away you go.