Recovery Program Recovers Files But Not File Names

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I had a HDD in an external enclosure. Something got messed up (I think it was disconnected by accident during a file transfer) and now when I plug it in, the drive is recognized in "My Computer" and disk management but it says that the drive is not formatted and asks me if I want to format it. I had data on it that wasn't backed up (Doh!) so I plugged it into one of my computers and tried a couple of recovery programs. I was able to recover most of my files but it seems the recovery programs can't get the original file names. (It names the files recoveredfile01.pdf, recoveredfile02.doc etc.) Since it would take me hours to rename every file I am trying to find a way to recover the names too. Anyone know of any programs/methods that would do this? Obviously the files are still there... I would assume the names are there somewhere also. For your information: I am running Windows XP Pro and the HDD was formatted in FAT32. Thanks for your help!
 
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FAT32 is part if what's making the names difficult to recover. I use it, myself, on my OS partition and my data storage partition; but, my data partition is backed up every two hours and my OS partition imaged about every two- to three months.

I use Easy Recovery Pro version 6. A later version is now available; but, this one still does the job for me. There are three recovery modes available, Raw Recovery, Formatted Recovery and Deleted Recovery. Formatted and Deleted always get the full file names and directory structure; but, Raw does pretty much what you have already done there.

It is not a free program, though.
 

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I only formatted it in FAT32 because I wanted to transfer files with a friend who has a mac. I'll try out that program. Thanks!
 

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I went to my neighbors house since he has the program you mentioned and when I tried to use it, it didn't recognize my drive. Meaning... "My Computer" sees the drive but easy recovery doesn't. Any ideas?
 
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I recommend removing the drive from the enclosure and connecting it directly to his machine.
 

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It is inside the desktop now but easy recovery still doesn't recognize it when trying to recover data. If I go into the mode in easy recovery that scans disk partitions then it finds the drive. But in either formatted or deleted recovery modes, no drive shows up.

EDIT: RAW recovery mode also finds the drive... the other two recovery modes don't.
 
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There are partition recovery programs that may help. Some are free and some you have to buy. I've used one here called Active Partition Recovery; but, it isn't free. They do have an evaluation version. It will let you know what it finds; but, recovery isn't possble unless you pay. If you can recover the partition table, your data recovery will probably include the file names and the directory structure.
 
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