File names & directory missing in Recuva Discussion Posted Tuesday at 12:35 · Report reply I guess that this is NTFS, the drive is visible to Windows with a drive letter, and you ran a Recuva deep scan. A deep scan runs a normal scan first, so usually you will get a list of file names and associated folders before all those .ext files. These file and folder names all come from a scan of the Master File Table, they are not held within the files. If youi are getting zero file names, then either the disk has been formatted or perhaps the MFT is corrupted. NTFS needs an MFT to do anything at all, so if the MFT is corrupt then the MFT mirror can be used, This only holds about 16 records so it will only identify system files, but it enables access by Windows. A deep scan will scan all unallocated clusters for a file header, which identifies the start of a file and the file type. Only a subset of all possible file types are scanned. No file or folder names can be deduced from a deep scan. As the clusers are unallocated they will all have a state of excellent, but don't let that fool you. Only the first extent of a file will be found and be a candidate for recovery. Subsequent extents cannot be identified and will be ignored, so a recovered file may not open anyway. I should rerun Recuva with deep scan unchecked, and (in Advanced mode, Options, Actions) check Search for Non-Deleted Files, and check Restore folder streucture. It should be fairly fast and is worth a try.