Wednesday, May 13, 2009

File Recovery

I had to attempt to recover a PST file from a hard disk that had massive numbers of bad blocks. How to copy the file off though? A straight file copy wouldn't work... it just kept giving me CRC errors because the 2.84GB email archive file sat across some of the bad blocks.

I knew if I could get most of the file, I'd probably be able to use the repair tool to recover most of what was in the archive.

JFileRecovery came to the rescue, recovering all but 19MB of the email archive. One of the best parts was that I didn't even need to install anything! It runs as a Java applet straight off the web page.

This one's definitely going in my bookmarks.

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