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Steve ModicaRe: Calling Dr. BOB! formatted raid
by on Mar 26, 2012 at 7:28:48 pm

[Kevin Christopher] "I did a preliminary test with that, but It does not recover the file names. 8 TB of Blehh!!"

I think that's the best you're going to get. If the root directories are gone, the inodes no longer have names.

Files don't really have names. They have inode numbers. Directories are lists of names that point to inode numbers. A file can have many names. It must have at least one name. You can create several hard links to the same inode (in fact, many unix commands like cp and rm are the same binary.. just linked with a different name). If you delete one of those names, the file remains (so long as there is at least one name).

You have a ton of files that no longer have names. So any utility will recover them as "generic nameX" because that's all it can do. They can look at headers and magic numbers to try and guess the type of file.


Steve Modica
CTO, Small Tree Communications

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