Is there a file recovery software which preserves file names and directory structure?

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  1. BlackScarletLove

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    I'm trying to recover an entire terabyte, and I don't want a recovery software which will scrap filenames and file structures, leaving an unintelligible mess to wade through. Is there a software which will preserve file names and structures, and possibly allow me to restore only particular directories?
     
  2. Johnny

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    Re: Is there a file recovery software which preserves file names and directory struct

    Not that I know of ... Most of those file recovery programs you find don't work anyhow.
     
  3. TheAmazingTechGeek13

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    Re: Is there a file recovery software which preserves file names and directory struct

    If you want to recover your files just start system restore and choose the date you want to restore it to... Done, So Easy!
     
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    Re: Is there a file recovery software which preserves file names and directory struct

    I am assuming that he is talking about deleted files. There is really no way to completely recover them. Most of the recovery programs will just build a list of what was deleted and not really recover anything.
     
  5. BlackScarletLove

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    Re: Is there a file recovery software which preserves file names and directory struct

    system restore doesn't work like that. it is for system changes, not file changes.

    From Microsoft site:
    "System Restore protects your personal files by not restoring any files in the My Documents folder. It also does not restore any files that use common file name extensions, such as .doc or .xls. If you're not sure whether your personal files use common file name extensions, and you do not want the data files to be affected by System Restore, save them in the My Documents folder. "
     
  6. American Zombie

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    Re: Is there a file recovery software which preserves file names and directory struct

    Try this: GetDataBack
     
  7. LeeJend

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    Re: Is there a file recovery software which preserves file names and directory struct

    I had a problem a while back, after extensive research and trying getdataback I ended up buying "Active Partition Recovery". It worked well. But with any data loss there are no guarantees. It is not free.
     
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    just start system restore and choose the date you want to restore it but Most of the recovery programs will just build a list of what was deleted and not really recover anything.
     
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  9. BlackScarletLove

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    Re: Is there a file recovery software which preserves file names and directory struct

    As I said before, which you didn't take the time to observe: System restore doesn't work like that. it is for system changes, not file changes.

    From Microsoft site:
    "System Restore protects your personal files by not restoring any files in the My Documents folder. It also does not restore any files that use common file name extensions, such as .doc or .xls [or jpg or rar, etc]. If you're not sure whether your personal files use common file name extensions, and you do not want the data files to be affected by System Restore, save them in the My Documents folder. "


    That is an ignorant thing to say. You're saying that essentially all recovery programs are just scams. If that were the case no one would ever use them since it would be pointless and a waste of money, and they certainly wouldn't endorse them, so they would eventually cease to exist, or word would arise as counter-endorsement.

    More importantly, you take the time to say most are scams, but you don't provide the essential information requested in this thread, which would be: "All" minus "most" equals the ones that actually do work.

    So therefore your entire post is a waste of mine and everyone's time.



    Also, for the record, I found one that does work (don't sh*t your pants): Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery
     
  10. Johnny

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    That post you responded to is a spam post. I am glad you found one that works. I haven't checked them out for a while. But from previous experience. None of the ones I tested did work.