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Old 06-13-2005, 10:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Good morning all.
First of all, forgive me if I seem ignorant about the Windows Operating Systems. I am an Apple guy and rarely boot up a Windows Computer.

Anyway, I have been given the task of recovering some mIrc data from a hard drive. One of the files that is important for me to find is called the Thumbs.db. I have searched the hard drive for it and am unable to find it.

If possible, I would also like to know exactly what this file consists of.

Can someone with some real Windows expertiese help me with this?

Thanks for any and all help.

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Old 06-13-2005, 10:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The file containes cached image previews for thumbnails shown in folders as far as I know. You have to unhide hidden files first. Start>settings>control panel>folder option.
Every folder that you configured to show thumbnails contains this file. The file stays in the folder if you disable thumbnail preview.
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Thanks for the quick response. Are you saying that this file is for sure a hidden file?
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Yes.
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Thanks again. I'm going to boot up the system in a few minutes to try to find it. I may have more questions.
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Okay, I have the system booted up. It is running Windows 2000 Pro. How do I search for an invisible file in this operating system?
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Those files are scattered all over your harddrive. Almost every folder with pictures has a file with this name if you ever enabled thumbnail preview in that folder.

To make those files visible you have to go to Start>settings>control panel>folder options and look for the option "show hidden files"
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Okay, I've done that and I did pull up an AOL 8.0 cache file that is about 64 meg. It may have the content in it that I need. Do you now of a way to open this file?

Thanks again for all of your help.
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I don't know.
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