scrounge-ntfs - helps retrieve data from corrupted NTFS partitions
scrounge-ntfs -l disk
scrounge-ntfs -s disk
scrounge-ntfs [-m mftoffset] [-c clustersize] [-o outdir] disk start end
scrounge-ntfs is a utility that can rescue data from corrupted NTFS
partitions. It writes the files retrieved to another working file system.
Certain information about the partition needs to be known in advance.
The -l mode is meant to be run in advance of the data corruption, with
the output stored away in a file. This allows scrounge-ntfs to recover
data reliably. See the ’NOTES’ section below for recover info when this
isn’t the case.
The options are as follows:
-c The cluster size (in sectors). When not specified a default
of 8 is used.
-l List partition information for a drive. This will only work
when the partition table for the given drive is intact.
-m When recovering data this specifies the location of the MFT
from the beginning of the partition (in sectors). If not
specified then no directory information can be used, that is,
all rescued files will be written to the same directory.
-o Directory to put rescued files in. If not specified then
files will be placed in the current directory.
-s Search disk for partition information. (Not implemented yet).
disk The raw device used to access the disk which contains the
NTFS partition to rescue files from. eg: ’/dev/hdc’
start The beginning of the NTFS partition (in sectors).
end The end of the NTFS partition (in sectors)
If you plan on using this program sucessfully you should prepare in
advance by storing a copy of the partition information. Use the -l option
to do this. Eventually searching for disk partition information will be
implemented, which will solve this problem.
When only one partition exists on a disk or you want to rescue the first
partition there are ways to guess at the sector sizes and MFT location.
See the scrounge-ntfs web page for more info:
Stef Walter 〈firstname.lastname@example.org〉