The program I'm looking for has to be for OS X, GNU/Linux (or maybe even Android), as Windows won't even recognize my drive.
I'm trying to recover data from a hard drive, but I'm only getting the files, not the folder hierarchy, file names, file metadata, etc. But I need to recover all that. What kind of tool can I use? I have already tried the app Disk Drill for OS X.
This is the situation:
Friend 1 has a 600GB external HDD (FAT 32 formatted) that he has been using with Windows 7.
With hundreds of GB of space already used, Friend 1 gave it to Friend 2 who then used it with OS X Snow Leopard. Friend 2 transferred many more gigabytes to the drive. He then ejected and unplugged it.
Friend 2 now tells me that when he, a few hours later, again plugged the drive into his SL Mac, it appeared to be totally empty, with all the space in it available. He says that all he could see were some weird folders which he claims had Arabic names. The drive was in his physical possession the whole time, and we know that nobody else had physical access to it. Moreover, the SL Mac was never online. He then gave me the drive and asked me to help him recover the data. apparently the data of Friend 1 in there was important (Yeah, I know, that guy should have had a second backup.)
So, since it was FAT32 formatted, I booted into Windows 8 to have a look at it. But Windows 8 wouldn’t even recognize the drive. The OS didn’t even mention the drive in any way.
So I booted into OS X Yosemite. The drive came up, but, just like Friend 2, I found it to be totally empty. Except for the folders
.Trashes. Also, OS X says only 371 MB is used, while the data is supposed to be hundreds of gigabytes. I could not see the folders spoken off by Friend 2 with supposed Arabic names.
I ran an OS X app called Disk Drill on the drive. In a mode called "Quick Scan", it finds nothing, except for 33 KB in the
Trashesfolder. That folder contains a single, 33 KB file called
In a mode called "Deep Scan", it found hundreds of gigabytes of files. But all the file names and folder hierarchy are missing.
File names and folder hierarchy, as well as file metadata, are important. They are a big part of the data. It would be a huge mess without that information.
Which tool can I use to recover filenames, folder hierarchy and file metadata in this situation?