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Data Recovery (10th Dec 16 at 3:25am UTC)Quote Reply
I'm finally motivated to try and complete data recovery of my defective hard drive. I was trying to stabilize the new computer to where it was running everything important to me. I have a forensics program running. I suspect i won't have everything pulled from the old hard drive for another 24 hours IF I don't get errors. I did get errors once and had to start over. Luckily, it caught back up pretty quickly to the spot where I encountered the problem. I shut down all the background programs including Wi-Fi & antivirus for my second attempt. So far so good. The time remainder timer is counting UP and it's at almost 13 hours now to complete the scan. I expect it to start counting down before it gets to 14 hours.

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Re: Data Recovery (10th Dec 16 at 5:11pm UTC)Quote Reply
The recovery scan counted up to about 20 hours. It's down to just under 16 hours at noon today. I'm not sure how that will affect the actual recovery of the files themselves. The scan is at 50% completion. It'll be high risk when I plug in the external hard drive.

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Re: Data Recovery (10th Dec 16 at 9:21pm UTC)Quote Reply
It's at 61% completion with 12-1/2 hours to go. Slow progress. I did not even check the "excessive search" checkbox.

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Re: Data Recovery (10th Dec 16 at 11:04pm UTC)Quote Reply
I wish I had the skills to do that with my other pc. The dragging of my desktop to geek squad makes me worry too much they'll break it.
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Re: Data Recovery (11th Dec 16 at 12:38am UTC)Quote Reply
 
I wish I had the skills to do that with my other pc. The dragging of my desktop to geek squad makes me worry too much they'll break it.



It really has more to do with how you spend your time and who you spend your time with. I liked computers in the early 80's, but I was away from them for 17 years. When I got back into using one, I started hanging around a friend that had never quit using them. When I started using Windows 95, I had no clue of how to save a file. I screwed up my dad's business computer and caused his $1,000 scanner to quit working. I spent 10 hours searching online and guessing how to fix it. Amazingly, I fixed it and didn't have to admit my screw up. My friend gave me some programs that were able to help me get things done quickly and he showed me the basics of building a computer. I learned stuff on my own and sought out information to do more.

If you talk to people about comics, you learn comics. If you hang around computer experts, you learn computer stuff. I tend to migrate around people that do things interesting and have interesting ways of thinking. My goal in life is always to find a better, easier, and cheaper way to do things.

My computer skills are rusty, because I got tired of building computers every 2 years. I asked my friend in 1998.. "Can you do this?" He looked at me in shock and said "You have the mindset of a hacker!" When my girlfriend forgot the password to get into a joke myspace page her friends setup to tease her, I asked her permission to try and get in. A week later I'd guessed the password and cracked it. Occasionally, I'll shock myself. A small software company offered two programs that I liked, but one was freeware and the other was crippleware/trialware. I analyzed the registry keys on the freeware program and guessed what registry key to enter for the trialware. I unlocked it by doing so.

I dedicated months to locating software for free file conversions. I found ways to convert proprietary mov files to avi files. I made a web page showing people all the free ways to convert files. I expanded that with a page exploring all the non-lossy rare audio compression formats (.flac, .shn, etc.) and it sparked an interest from audiophiles across the web. I think my website was featured on TechTV. I know a link was present in their show notes. I just never saw the show that week. I just know my page had a half a million web hits in one evening before the host took it offline.

I may not succeed at saving these files, but I'll know in 10 hours. I've probably forgotten something.

The recovery scan is at 70% with 10 hours to go. Sheesh! It's been running since yesterday evening. It says it's found 61,651 files. When the list pulls up, it'll include stuff that is invisible through Windows Explorer. It'll probably find lost fragments of stuff that was deleted long ago. It'll find everything in the form of usable data. That's when the fun starts. I'll have to figure out what everything is and where it needs to be.

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Re: Data Recovery (11th Dec 16 at 4:16pm UTC)Quote Reply
So far, so good. Files are copying. It's currently copying video files which are large and take awhile. It found about 30 directories which were empty and last accessed or deleted in 1997. The overall copy process is at 10%. It's copying 12,817 directories (if there is anything there) and a little over 226MB.

Once the program had completed the scan for raw data around 6 AM this morning, it then had to locate all the directories and decode all the MFT (Master File table?) files to get the file names. This process will go a little slower because it's writing to a USB hard drive. I'll probably rewrite all the raw data onto a bigger faster hard drive before sorting out the garbage and creating a new file structure for everything. This will takes months even after the data is recovered which is why I was in no rush to start.

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Re: Data Recovery (11th Dec 16 at 8:08pm UTC)Quote Reply
24% completed. Evidently I had some movies ripped that I need to delete entirely. Stuff I already own, but stuff I don't care about.

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Re: Data Recovery (16th Dec 16 at 2:29pm UTC)Quote Reply
Data recovery started the evening of Friday December 9th. It was looking like it would be complete by about 3PM on Monday December 12th. Unfortunately after leaving for work on Monday morning, the program had a file name conflict on files it had found in the Recycle bin. It needed user input on what to do with the duplicate file name. The program was not doing anything while I was at work that day. When I got home I clicked the appropriate option and the recovery continued. At 12:30 AM on Tuesday December 13th all the data tat could be saved was transferred to an external hard drive. Now is the long tedious process of sorting through the files and folders recovered.

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Re: Data Recovery (30th Dec 16 at 7:27am UTC)Quote Reply
I've been going through a lot of the data. Deleting some of it and filing some of it. If you see some old images reappear, it's because I'm looking at old files.

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Re: Data Recovery (7th Jan 17 at 6:19am UTC)Quote Reply
From 1999 to 2004, I was using an email program that I'd purchased from a small company. It stored the emails as ".msg" format much like Outlook Express. I have never been able to get the files to export from that program to anything newer. Since those old email files are part of the recovery data I've saved, I explored my options again. After reading some tips, I tried something innovative. Just kidding. I learned something in the process.

I installed an import & export plugin for Thunderbird. I went to the folder that stored all the other folders with ".msg" files. I searched that folder for all ".msg" files and copied the results of the search into one folder on the desktop by themselves. I did a Shift+Right Click on the folder. [Never knew you could get more options by doing that]. "Clicked Open Command Window Here". It loads the folder path into a DOS window. Typed "REN *.msg *.eml" and renamed all the file suffixes to the Thunderbird ".eml" file format. Opened Thunderbird and used the import window to import a ".eml" file into Thunderbird. It worked. Then I imported them ALL... close to 4400 emails. Now I can reread thousands of emails. I just read one where Tim Hamilton said he'd drawn an earlier Fatale storyline, but they didn't like it and had it redrawn by Dave Cockrum. The attachments work too. So I'm pleased that after 10 years, I finally got the messages moved to a more accessible status. I like the old program, but it's a bit outdated.

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