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Last Updated: February 25, 2016
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Restore a bunch of files with Sleuthkit

If you have an image of a drive/partition that can't be mounted, you can use sleuthkit to respore the files. First, you will need to get the list of the files from that image:

$ fls -f ext2 -p -r ./image-of-my-drive \
  | grep -v '^..-' | grep -v '^... \*' > files.lst

This command will give you a list of files and their inodes (asuming we are dealing with Ext2 FS). Then you'll be able to "mass-retore" files with this script:

IMAGE=image-of-my-drive
LIST=./files.lst
DEST=/home/ixti/recovered

cat $LIST | while read line; do
   filetype=`echo "$line" | awk {'print $1'}`
   filenode=`echo "$line" | awk {'print $2'}`
   filenode=${filenode%:}
   filename=`echo "$line" | cut -f 2 -d '   '`

   if [ $filetype == "r/r" ]; then
      echo "$filename"
      mkdir -p "`dirname "$DEST/$filename"`"
      icat -f ext2 -r -s $IMAGE "$filenode" > "$DEST/$filename"
   fi
done

You can also restore a particular directory. Just pass it's inode to fls command to get list of files from that directory only.

This will help to restore EXISTING files from the image of a rive that can't be mounted normally. But you can easily adopt it to be able mass-restore removed files/directories, just read the fls manual/wiki about it's output and tune batch-script of icat :))

Related:
http://ixti.net/administration/2012/10/25/mass-restore-files-from-corrupted-media-with-sleuthkit.html