Recovering files from a failing external disk drive

Corey Edwards tensai at zmonkey.org
Mon Jan 12 16:40:46 MST 2009


On Mon, 2009-01-12 at 14:06 -0700, Kenneth Burgener wrote:
> On 1/12/2009 11:22 AM, Stuart Jansen wrote:
> > I've never had to deal with this problem personally. A friend, Joseph
> > Hall, had good luck with PhotoRec.
> >
> > http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec
> 
> That is amazing!!  PhotoRec actually did a wonderful job or restoring 
> files from the dd image.  The one downside is the filenames are all 
> trashed, but I think my sister-in-law will be ecstatic to get anything.  
> Thanks for the suggestion.

If the file metadata got hosed, you can probably recover at least the
dates from the EXIF data stored inside the JPEG. I've used jhead[1] for
this purpose to great success.

Corey

1. http://www.sentex.net/~mwandel/jhead/

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