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Windows 7: recover files using chkdsk

09 Oct 2018   #1
kerica

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recover files using chkdsk

I ran chkdsk /X /f on a SD card and it found 139 files. but it couldn't recover them as the SD card was full and there was no space to write them. why was it trying to write the recovered files onto the same drive?
Surely even windows cant be that daft. Is there some way I can tell chkdsk to write the recovered files to a different drive or volume? However it did write 36 damaged files back onto the card with the original filenames. I hope that hasn't made it impossible to recover the rest.

Thanks in advance

kerica


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09 Oct 2018   #2
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi kerica,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kerica View Post
I ran chkdsk /X /f on a SD card and it found 139 files, but it couldn't recover them as the SD card was full and there was no space to write them. Why was it trying to write the recovered files onto the same drive?
When you run chkdsk using the parameters /x /f, you are asking it to force the volume to dismount first if necessary and then repair the errors on the disk without scanning for any bad sectors.

BTW, /x includes the functionality of /f.

Surely running chkdsk on the SD card means that you want the errors on the SD card repaired, don't you? Or am I missing something?

I hope this helps!
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09 Oct 2018   #3
kerica

64 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paul Black View Post
Hi kerica,



When you run chkdsk using the parameters /x /f, you are asking it to force the volume to dismount first if necessary and then repair the errors on the disk without scanning for any bad sectors.

BTW, /x includes the functionality of /f.

Surely running chkdsk on the SD card means that you want the errors on the SD card repaired, don't you? Or am I missing something?

I hope this helps!
so chkdsk /x /f only repairs it doesnt recover files? I was misinformed. is there a list of all these file extensions / with chkdsk explaining what they do?

its just that when I ran it said that it had recovered 139 files but couldn't write them to the sd card. so I cant recover them using chkdsk? that's what I want to do. probably I'm using the wrong tool. the trouble is that I don't know the jargon like you do. what does dismount the volume actually mean? when I use a file recover program it usually asks me where I want to put the recovered files. chkdsk doesn't do this?
thanks for you quick reply anyway.

kerica
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09 Oct 2018   #4
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi kerica,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kerica View Post
So chkdsk /x /f only repairs it doesnt recover files? I was misinformed. is there a list of all these file extensions / with chkdsk explaining what they do?
Here is a list of the parameters with an explanation of what each one does [you will need to scroll down to Windows Vista and Windows 7 syntax => Microsoft DOS chkdsk command

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kerica View Post
It's just that when I ran it said that it had recovered 139 files but couldn't write them to the sd card. So I cant recover them using chkdsk? That's what I want to do. Probably I'm using the wrong tool. The trouble is that I don't know the jargon like you do.
CHKDSK [Check Disk] is a Windows utility program for detecting and repairing corruptions of the file system.

I assume that you have deleted files that you want to recover, so CHKDSK is definately not what you want.

It will depend on how long ago you deleted the files as to whether or not you will be able to recover all of them. When a file gets deleted, that part of the disk that the file occupies is then made available for new files to be written to!

There are many free recovery programs that will do what you want.

A favourite among members here, myself included, is Recuva => Recuva. The wizard will help you a lot when it comes to recovering your files.

I hope this helps!
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09 Oct 2018   #5
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kerica View Post
so chkdsk /x /f only repairs it doesnt recover files? I was misinformed. is there a list of all these file extensions / with chkdsk explaining what they do?

kerica
At the command prompt, type chkdsk /?
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09 Oct 2018   #6
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi kerica,

One thing I should have mentioned is DO NOT save anything to the SD card before you have tried to recover the files, this is because it could possibly overwrite a file, or part of a file that you are trying to recover!

I hope this helps!
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15 Oct 2018   #7
kerica

64 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paul Black View Post
Hi kerica,



Here is a list of the parameters with an explanation of what each one does [you will need to scroll down to Windows Vista and Windows 7 syntax => Microsoft DOS chkdsk command



CHKDSK [Check Disk] is a Windows utility program for detecting and repairing corruptions of the file system.

I assume that you have deleted files that you want to recover, so CHKDSK is definately not what you want.

It will depend on how long ago you deleted the files as to whether or not you will be able to recover all of them. When a file gets deleted, that part of the disk that the file occupies is then made available for new files to be written to!

There are many free recovery programs that will do what you want.

A favourite among members here, myself included, is Recuva => Recuva. The wizard will help you a lot when it comes to recovering your files.

I hope this helps!
thanks for that. no the files weren't deleted but the card was rendered unreadable by a computer glitch.
I have recovered many of the pics but I havnt tried recuva before. the reason I was interested in using chkdsk is that it recovered files that were damaged with the original names and dates. none of my other
attempts with other programs had done that. the files were useless but i did get a message asking me if i wanted to recover the non damaged ones. however it would only write them to the card. that's why i wanted to know if there was a way of telling chkdsk to write them to another directory on the computer
rather than the card.

I also want to recover about 200 pics i deleted off a computer. however a hard drive takes forever to scan, and produces so many 0000s of pics and images it would take the rest of my life to go through. Is there a program where i can specify a search for files with a particular name and date? So instead
of finding every image on a computer it only finds those with the names in the range abc123-333 taken on 25 dec 2016 for example.

thanks for reading

kerica
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15 Oct 2018   #8
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi kerica,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kerica View Post
Thanks for that. No the files weren't deleted but the card was rendered unreadable by a computer glitch.
Can you read the SD card from within Safe Mode?

You could also try using a Linux LIVE DVD or USB to access the SD card and retrieve the data!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kerica View Post
I have recovered many of the pics but I havn't tried recuva before. The reason I was interested in using chkdsk is that it recovered files that were damaged with the original names and dates. none of my other attempts with other programs had done that. the files were useless but i did get a message asking me if i wanted to recover the non damaged ones. however it would only write them to the card. that's why i wanted to know if there was a way of telling chkdsk to write them to another directory on the computer rather than the card.
I suggest that you try Recuva.

The picture files that you are trying to recover are probably .jpg, .png etc, which are not system files!

CHKDSK [Check Disk] is a Windows utility program for detecting and repairing corruptions of the file system.

Do you have an OS installed on the SD card?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kerica View Post
I also want to recover about 200 pics I deleted off a computer.
Again, I suggest that you try Recuva.

I hope this helps!
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3 Weeks Ago   #9
kerica

64 7
 
 

[QUOTE=Paul Black;3407371]Hi kerica,



>Can you read the SD card from within Safe Mode?

never tried as I havnt really used safe mode, but will see

>You could also try using a Linux LIVE DVD or USB to access the SD card and retrieve the data!

interesting. but I don't understand how to do that.

>I suggest that you try Recuva.

tried to dl recuva free but windows wont let me. says its dangerous!

>The picture files that you are trying to recover are probably .jpg, .png etc, which are not system files!

>CHKDSK [Check Disk] is a Windows utility program for detecting and repairing corruptions of the file system.

so you mean that whatever it recovers wont be usable?

>Do you have an OS installed on the SD card?

no

thanks for your reply
kerica
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3 Weeks Ago   #10
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi kerica,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kerica View Post
>Can you read the SD card from within Safe Mode?

Never tried as I haven't really used safe mode, but will see.
To get into Safe Mode, re-boot the computer and keep pressing the F8 key. Then click Safe Mode and wait for the desktop to appear. You can then navigate to the SD card. Can you see and open the files?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kerica View Post
>You could also try using a Linux LIVE DVD or USB to access the SD card and retrieve the data!

Interesting, but I don't understand how to do that.
We will see if other options work first before we approach this.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kerica View Post
>I suggest that you try Recuva.

I tried to dl recuva free but windows wont let me. Says its dangerous!
It isn't dangerous, this is the official site => Recuva.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kerica View Post
>The picture files that you are trying to recover are probably .jpg, .png etc, which are not system files!

>CHKDSK [Check Disk] is a Windows utility program for detecting and repairing corruptions of the file system.

So you mean that whatever it recovers wont be usable?
The files you are trying to recover are NOT system files. CHKDSK is to recover system files, therefore it is not what you need to be using for recovery!

I hope this helps!
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