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  1. Recuva will list all the deleted file records in the Master File Table. If they're not listed then they're most likely not there. Deleted file records are reused generally in the lowest-numbered record found order, which is why files created and deleted on the same day are likely to be the first to have their MFT records overwritten. Nobody knows what user and system activity is going on on your pc. If the file names aren't in the MFT then they won't be found elsewhere. Unless your packet capture files are in some common format (doc etc) then a deep scan won't find them, and is pointless. I don't use the recycler, so I can't answer your question.
  2. I've only had experience with relatively small drives, 500 gb and under, and a deep scan takes about 45 mins at the most. Some people do experience very long scan times, and yours seems exceptionally long. I have no idea what the cause is, or what Recuva is trying to do. I usually cancel at stage two and I have never found any detrimental effect, the files found are still displayed. You may wish to try that. I also have Truecrypt containers and they do not slow processing down. To Recuva they are files with a name and a cluster allocation, just like any other file. There is no indication to anyone that they are encrypted. USB access will probably slow things down a little, but a month is ridiculous.
  3. Files sent to the recycler are renamed to $Irandom.ext and $Rrandom.ext. The $R files are the data, the $I files hold the file name etc. As you have created and deleted the files on the same day it is very likely that the MFT records have been overwritten by later activity, as they are reused on a first available record basis. Deep scan looks for a specific set of file headers. You describe the files as packet captures: I don't know what they are but unless they fit into the list scanned by Recuva (look at the drop-dpwn list in the File/Path box) themn a deep scan will not find them.
  4. Augeas

    File Recovery Help

    If you're looking at shadow copies you could try right clicking on the folder and selecting Restore Previous Version.
  5. You won't find any folders as Recuva does not recover folders explicitly. Deleted directories contain names of files that don't necessarily exist, and index array offsets that are clearly invalid. I don't know why you can't find any files, I can't either. A scan of my disk reveals about 20 files from the documents folder, none of any use. Perhaps Win 10 behaves differntly from its predecessors.
  6. That's the fundamental difference between CC's secure delete and Recuva's. CC can legitimately rename a file because it is still live, but Recuva can't because the file is deleted and its MFT record is inaccessible. Also small files, under 700 bytes or so, can be contained wholly within the MFT so remain in their entirety. What is wanted is an independent MFT wiper, with random lower case file names instead of those ugly ZZZ capitals. You can of course build your own MFT wiper. Create a folder on a flash drive with sub-folders holding say 20 files with random names and a few bytes of data. Duplicate the sub-folders until you have a few thousand files. Just copy the lot to your drive, and then delete them. If you do that all your incriminating file names and contents will have gone. Surprisingly since I went to Win 10 I can find hardly any user files with Recuva. It's as if constant updates are overwriting the deleted user data files. Perhaps they are.
  7. The ignored files are non-deleted files, which are not usually recovered. You can display these if you check the correct box in Options/Actions
  8. I was thinking more about whether the USB software supported the TRIM command. TRIM is a SATA command, and USB protocal isn't. I have read that later USB software can support TRIM, but it's all a bit hazy. TRIM is becoming less relevant now, as the trend in SSDs is towards foreground garbage collection.
  9. If I could clarify, a TRIM'd file can be recovered, but will contain zeroes (which as far as Recuva is concerned is valid data). The deleted file's entry in the MFT will still contain the file's cluster addresses, and although those clusters have been Trimmed they will still return a page of zeroes when read. 'Just to see what the recovered files look like, I opened "recovered" number one. Empty. Nothing there. Zero. No recovered files.' Initially I read this as there were no files in the Recovery folder. But reading it again I see that it could mean that there are files there, but with no user content. So the SSD theory could well be correct.
  10. If you mean that the Analyze stage said that it had found 12k+ files then this total includes live files, which presumably you don't want to recover.
  11. There's no data limit on Recuva free or paid. There are still some unresolved questions, is this a flash drive or an USB attached SSD? What version of Windows are you on? If it's an SSD and you are on a late version of Widows then I believe TRIM is, or can be, propogated across the USB connection, and a format with TRIM will wipe the device completely. But don't ask me to confirm this, as I can't. If it's a flash drive (i.e. a flash device plugged directly into the USB port) I don't think that TRIM will be in effect. But again I can't confirm that.
  12. Yes, Recuva works on flash drives. But the question is does Recuva work with USB attached devices? In my experience Recuva works fine in all functions with flash drives directly plugged into a USB port, and with HDD's accessed via a USB attached caddy. So yes, Recuva works with USB attached drives. But from your second post I don't think that that is the problem, the device seems corrupted, which Recuva won't cure.
  13. I don't know about support, except that they probably don't get five stars on Feefo. I can't really suggest a lot. You could try switching your A/V off (disconnect from the internet if you're nervous) and see if that speeds things up. (Before I went to Win 10 I had CC and Recuva excleded from my A/V scans, and it speeded up processing). Your disks are all HDD's, aren't they? I think that Recuva is perhaps meeting its match with the very large drives available nowadays. It works, but there are just too many files. Too many for a human to sort out at the end, as well.
  14. What you are seeing is the file entry in the MFT. The file's data will have been overwritten, If you look in the Info pane in Recuva you will see that the header is all zeroes. When you run a secure delete in Recuva the file status will turn to red, as Recuva knows that it has been overwritten in that session. When you restart Recuva the status will be back to green, as Recuva has no way of knowing that you overwrote the file on the last run, and a file of all zeroes is, or can be, a valid file.
  15. You certainly could try, either the Professional or free version, there is no difference in the recovery capabilities. There are no data limitations with either version, but of course no guarantee that you will receover all, or any, of your previous files.
  16. If what you want to do is to restore a damaged file then neither CCleaner nor Recuva is suitable. CC removes temporary files and Recuva copies deleted files, neither will bring a damaged live file back to undamaged condition.
  17. The concept of secure deletion cannot exist on NAND flash. Secure deletion is a process of overwriting a file's clusters (or pages in SSD terms) and then deleting it. A page on an SSD can't be overwritten, a new page is always used. A normal deletion with TRIM will flag the page as invalid. It cannot be accessed by Windows or any software generally available. A secure deletion, if attempted, will flag the page as invalid, create a new page of zeroes (the overwrite) and then flag that page as invalid (the deletion). So there is no difference between normal and secure deletion, except that secure deletion wastes time and effort and SSD life. Don't use it. If you don't believe me (and you don't have to) run Recuva against your SSD. It will find many deleted file names, as they are held in the MFT, but all the headers will contain zeroes. This is TRIM doing it's work for you.
  18. You could have typed 'seagate ST1000lm035' into Google instead of waiting for one of us to do it. It is SATA and is an HDD. Defraggler identifying it as an SSD is incorrect.
  19. Perhaps you're on an SSD. Perhaps you have something in the file/path box that doesn't match any files found.
  20. Now you're saying something completely different. First you said that a system file was corrupted. What makes you think this? What other people have described this 'scenario'? Now you say that the MFT isn't 'intact'. Of course Recuva assumes an intact MFT, as does Windows and the user, it's the most critical file you will ever find, and the most securely protected. Nobody on this forum knows how Recuva's inner workings actually work, we can only second guess from our own experience. Your understanding of CCleaner is incorrect. CC requests NTFS to delete a file, which it does by flagging the entry in the MFT as deleted. The entry is still there. The 'full edition' acts in exactly the same way. It's NTFS that deletes files, not Recuva. Entries in the MFT are never physically deleted, but flagged as deleted and subseqently reused. I still don't really know what you're trying to achieve.
  21. Yes, but why do you think that this file is corrupt? I think you need someone who is more au fait with repairing Win system files than I am.
  22. What exactly do you mean? Is the file live or deleted? What makes you think it doesn't exist?
  23. Lucien (if you're still with us), files that are marked as overwritten are overwritten by a live file, there is no concept of being overwritten by a deleted file. So your hideous images must be live, somewhere on your disk. Recuva will tell you where they are in the Info pane.
  24. There's no auto stop and restart facility with Recuva. If you are running a recovery (which I understand you are) and not an analyse, you could theoretically stop the recovery, identify what the last file recovered was, and then check the files from that point onwards and run a recovery. But if you are dealing with thousands of files this is likely to be quite a headache to attempt. Your recovery appears to be grindingly slow, and Recuva appears to be doing nothing in the Task Manager snapshot.
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