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File Recovery Lists


You may create a file containing a list of files and folder found on a disk/partition. Then such file may be manually edited to specify files to recover and then loaded back into R-Studio . R-Studio will automatically mark the files in this list for recovery. Such file lists recovery are very useful, for example, when it is necessary to have such file lists approved for recovery by someone else who is far away from the computer where R-Studio is running.

You may create file recovery lists for the entire disk or for specific folders. Moreover, you may create a file recovery list for all files within the disk/folder, or for marked files/folders only.

Creating a file recovery list

To create a file recovery list

1 F or an entire disk, s elect Save File Names to File on the File menu , or

Control-click the uppermost folder (higher than Root , usually the letter or the name of the disk) and select Save File Names to File on the contextual menu.

For a specific folder, control-click the folder and select Save File Names to File on the contextual menu.
2 Specify the place to save the file recovery list and other necessary options on the Save File Names dialog box

Click to expand/collapse Save File Names options

 

Structure of a file recovery list file created by R-Studio

An example of such a file:

sort: by real

:# PathDelim = \

Docs\

:! Id: 4587531

:! Flags: directory

:! Created: 2011-04-05T22:42:13

:! Modified: 2011-04-05T22:42:13

:! Accessed: 2011-04-05T22:42:13

:! MFT number: 70

:! Parent MFT number: 5

:! Regions (sector size=512B): sector 2433976 (offset: 50 )

:!  size: 2 Bytes / residentsector 2433976 (offset: 80 )

:!  size: 72 Bytes / residentsector 2433976 (offset: 176 )

:!  size: 74 Bytes / residentsector 2433976 (offset: 288 )

:!  size: 222 Bytes / residentsector 2433977

:!  size: 136 Bytes / resident

 

Docs\MyDoc1.odt

:! Id: 4653067

:! Flags: valid first data offset

:! Created: 2011-04-05T22:42:13

:! Modified: 2011-03-01T17:41:14

:! Accessed: 2011-04-05T22:42:13

:! File type: OpenOffice Writer Document

:! Recovery chances: Good (Existing file)

:! MFT number: 71

:! Parent MFT number: 70

:! Regions (sector size=512B): sector 2268

:!  size: 24 KB (24,576 Bytes) / first datasector 2433978 (offset: 80 )

:!  size: 72 Bytes / residentsector 2433978 (offset: 176 )

:!  size: 86 Bytes / resident

 

Docs\MyDoc2.odt

:! Id: 4718603

:! Flags: valid first data offset

:! Created: 2011-04-05T22:42:13

:! Modified: 2011-02-28T23:31:02

:! Accessed: 2011-04-05T22:42:13

:! File type: OpenOffice Writer Document

:! Recovery chances: Good (Existing file)

:! MFT number: 72

:! Parent MFT number: 70

:! Regions (sector size=512B): sector 2316

:!  size: 24 KB (24,576 Bytes) / first datasector 2433980 (offset: 80 )

:!  size: 72 Bytes / residentsector 2433980 (offset: 176 )

:!  size: 86 Bytes / resident

 

Docs\MyDoc3.odt

:! Id: 4784139

:! Flags: valid first data offset

:! Created: 2011-04-05T22:42:13

:! Modified: 2011-02-28T23:31:10

:! Accessed: 2011-04-05T22:42:13

:! File type: OpenOffice Writer Document

:! Recovery chances: Good (Existing file)

:! MFT number: 73

:! Parent MFT number: 70

:! Regions (sector size=512B): sector 2020080

:!  size: 177.38 MB (185,991,168 Bytes) / first datasector 2433982 (offset: 80 )

:!  size: 72 Bytes / residentsector 2433982 (offset: 176 )

:!  size: 86 Bytes / resident

 

:# PathDelim = \ is a parameter specifying a character for path delimitation. You may also specify a Unix-stile delimiter / .

:# PathDelim = \

:# PathDelim = /

In addition, the files from the virtual folders Metafiles , ExtraFoundFiles , etc..., have the following designations:

Metafiles:

///m/[localized_name_for_Metafiles]/

Extra Found Files:

///e/[localized_name_for_ExtraFoundFiles]/

Other Virtual Folders:

///v/[localized_name_for_OtherVirtualFolders]/

For the English language, that will look like:

///m/Metafiles\

///m/Metafiles\$BOOT

///m/Metafiles\$FAT

///m/Metafiles\$FAT0

///m/Metafiles\$FAT1

Editing the file recovery list file

All files included into a file recovery list will be marked when the file will be loaded into R-Studio . So, if you have some files in the file recovery list that doesn't need to be recovered, just delete them from the list. In addition, you may use the following marks to specify some options

:+ 

Mark all files and subfolders within the folder.

:* 

Mark only files within the folder.

:- 

Unmark the file or all files and subfolders within the folder.

:=

Unmark the file or only files within the folder.

processes records in the file consequently. That is, if there are the following lines in the file,

:+Files to Delete\

:-Files to Delete\File_2.pst

the file File_2.pst won't be marked for recovery, while for the lines

:-Files to Delete\File_2.pst

:+Files to Delete\

file File_2.pst will be.

Please note that records for folders without any marks don't affect the file marking. Thus, for the lines

:-Files to Delete\File_2.pst

Files to Delete\

file File_2.pst will not be marked.

Loading the file recovery list

To load a file recovery list into R-Studio,

* Select Load File Names from File and Mark on the File menu and select the file.
> R-Studio will load the file and mark the files accordingly.