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Recover Deleted iFolder Files

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By Michael Alexander

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Posted: 7 Jul 2004
 

I needed to recover deleted files from a user's iFolder folder on the PC. (User was infected with MyDoom.f virus and had files deleted from iFolder folder on PC.) Here's how I did it.

  1. Turn off iFolder on PC.
  2. Search iFolder folder on server for user's folder (CONTROL.DAT, while binary does show the user ID)
  3. Use Salvage (Windows Explorer, salv98 [cooltools] or other) and salvage the files from within the subfolders using the date/time deleted. (Deletor will be system, not the user.)
  4. Salvage the 1.MAP from the same time frame. (Not sure if this step is required, or what would happen if files were added to local PC after the deletions...)
  5. Restart iFolder client on PC. Salvaged files should sync back to the PC.

Note: Only tried a single time for a single user in a live environment running iFolder 1.01 If you have not been purging files from the server, could be helpful to purge older files than the date required to make the search faster. Much easier and faster than the restore from backup solution.

If you have any questions you may contact Michael at malexand@milwaukeevalve.com

Additional Thoughts

Unless you are dealing with files that were deleted several days in the past, I don't believe the 1.MAP file would be an issue. It would also always be possible (and I did this in this instance) to copy the existing iFolder files to another location for safe keeping on the client PC in case of any problems (and the same could be done on the server), and 1.MAP could be left alone for the first attempt, and if needed salvaged as well. Or of course you could always try and guess what file it was and when it was deleted from a restore tape using the other solution for restoring iFolder files.


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