file recovery question

Long story omitted. :slight_smile:

I have a ton of FILE00X.CHK files after a FAT32 partition went to shit.
This is on a drive that housed mostly irreplaceable photos, but also some
programs. Is there any utility out there that can check the CHK files
(heh) and see what they really are? I can make out the headers in some of
them, but many do not have anything decipherable in them.

Thanks for any input.

Deborah

Deborah wrote:
>
> I have a ton of FILE00X.CHK files after a FAT32 partition went to shit.
> This is on a drive that housed mostly irreplaceable photos, but also
> some programs. Is there any utility out there that can check the CHK
> files (heh) and see what they really are? I can make out the headers in
> some of them, but many do not have anything decipherable in them.

What I used to do was just rename the chk to popular extensions and open
them in the associated programs.


Shena Delian O’Brien * http://www.darklock.com/shena/ The Graphics Kitty!

Yes, but I have 10,000 of these files lol. Was hoping to narrow it
down a bit first. (I really just wanna pull out the image files–.psp,
.jpg, .gif)

Shena Delian O’Brien wrote:

> Deborah wrote:
> >
> > I have a ton of FILE00X.CHK files after a FAT32 partition went to
> > shit. This is on a drive that housed mostly irreplaceable photos, but
> > also some programs. Is there any utility out there that can check the
> > CHK files (heh) and see what they really are? I can make out the
> > headers in some of them, but many do not have anything decipherable
> > in them.
>
> What I used to do was just rename the chk to popular extensions and open
> them in the associated programs.
>
> –
> Shena Delian O’Brien * http://www.darklock.com/shena/ The Graphics
> Kitty! * http://www.darklock.com/abstract/ Fantasy Age *
> http://www.fantasyage.com/

Get unix tools (http://www.cygwin.com) on your system and run “grep GIF *”
inside the directory. If you just want to see all headers, run "head -n1 *
> headers.txt; more headers.txt"

Keep in mind that your chances are very limited.

Leonid S. Knyshov

“Deborah” <deborah@invalid.com> wrote in message
news:3BF9C8CA.1C58CEE3@invalid.com
> Yes, but I have 10,000 of these files lol. Was hoping to narrow it down
> a bit first. (I really just wanna pull out the image files–.psp, .jpg,
.gif)
>
> Shena Delian O’Brien wrote:
>
> > Deborah wrote:
> > >
> > > I have a ton of FILE00X.CHK files after a FAT32 partition went to
shit.
> > > This is on a drive that housed mostly irreplaceable photos, but also
> > > some programs. Is there any utility out there that can check the CHK
> > > files (heh) and see what they really are? I can make out the headers
in
> > > some of them, but many do not have anything decipherable in them.
> >
> > What I used to do was just rename the chk to popular extensions and
> > open them in the associated programs.
> >
> > –
> > Shena Delian O’Brien * http://www.darklock.com/shena/ The Graphics
> > Kitty! * http://www.darklock.com/abstract/ Fantasy Age *
> > http://www.fantasyage.com/

Well other then pay big dollars (thousands) to a data recovery firm I
don’t know anything you can do but use a tool that can look at the raw
data in each file and try to piece together those parts that you find.
That is why data recovery companies can charge the prices they do for
there services. I am sure they have written many utilities that make there
job much more automated then the average programmer could but what would
be the motivation to sell those utilities to individuals at say $50 a
crack or license them to other data recovery firms, with the stipulation
that it is for professional data recovery use only, for $100’s of
thousands of dollars. That way the keep all the income form there recovery
business and still make some money of there software.

Gary Stein

“Deborah” <deborah@invalid.com> wrote in message
news:3BF9ACCF.E17EE3BB@invalid.com
> Long story omitted.
>
> I have a ton of FILE00X.CHK files after a FAT32 partition went to shit.
> This is on a drive that housed mostly irreplaceable photos, but also
> some programs. Is there any utility out there that can check the CHK
> files (heh) and see what they really are? I can make out the headers in
> some of them, but many do not have anything decipherable in them.
>
> Thanks for any input.
>
> Deborah

if you have psp7 and look in the dir where all the *.chk files are stored,
use the browse feature and it should show the images regardless of the
extension… at least it did on my system…

Tony Ranieri

Leonid S. Knyshov at Home wrote:

> Get unix tools (http://www.cygwin.com) on your system and run "grep GIF
> *" inside the directory. If you just want to see all headers, run "head
> -n1 * > headers.txt; more headers.txt"

Better yet, use the file command: Gilby % file * icon_uphill-champ.jpg:
JPEG image data, JFIF standard index.html: HTML document text subsite:
directory robots.txt: empty mylogo.gif: GIF image data, version 89a, 300 x
71, script.php: ASCII text

Deborah wrote:
>

I came across this one (might be useful):
http://www.dtidata.com/products_bundle_01.asp


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Really Tony?? I will try that tonight, thanks.

Peter, this stuff looks very useful, thank you!

“Peter N. Go” wrote:

> Deborah wrote:
> >
>
> I came across this one (might be useful):
> http://www.dtidata.com/products_bundle_01.asp
>
> –
> Peter N. Go - mailto:peter@icthus.net

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