Sorting formatted files that have been recovered by PhotoRec

Asked by Mining3 on 2012-06-24

Sorting formatted files that have been recovered used PhotoRec with the help of the good people at Free Geek Vancouver. I purchased a new 500GB to recover my 200GB hard drive. I ended up with Recup_dir 2,596 folders. Each folder has 500 files letter f followed by a nine digit number the file extension. I want to sort as indicated below, does Synaptic Package Manager have anything that can help with opening each recovered file and sort by the internal properties date creation date last modified date & time and version thereof once the individual file is opened as well as file extension? Is ther a automatic process for sorting this way? It sure would make recovering data easy that is formatted over by fat fingered stupid and non geek people like me. I wrote this to PhotoRec in the link below.

http://builtbackwards.com/projects/photorec-sorter/comment-page-1/#comment-17200

So if I get your response right the best PhotoRec can do is to sort by file extension?

I misspoke, I meant date last modified and possibly version number. Example in my case all documents modified(saved) after October 11, 2011, of course some where created after that date not just modified.

 As these where legal documents some have, exampled: 124 “versions” for the same document. This caused every time a document is saved. I for got to mention I am using Linux Ubuntu 11.04 this does easily allow a search by file extension and creation date. But when the file is recovered by PhotoRec all the files have the creation date as the day they where recovered which I understand is the norm. Maybe your PhotoRec should use the actual date of the recovered file was created?

I am not a geek so I only half understand what you said but it seems to me PhotoRec needs a after recovery sort program that can open each file individually that can be left running over night that opens each file then opens properties of each file records the creation and modified date and time and of course version within. I can do this manually but with 2,596 folders each contains 500 items most of which are just software files and templates it seems like such a useless and time consuming endeavour. I have started this manual sorting through the clumps of data sorted by file extension but I would never recommend your labour intensive software to anybody.

But I still wish to thank you for your efforts to help people with your free software even though I needed help to use it from Free Geek Vancouver through their self help classes.

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If you import it into shotwell, it may help

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