RECOVER Command Does Not Rename Files (86649)

The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0a

This article was previously published under Q86649


The MS-DOS RECOVER command does not rename or move files. Recovered files are only renamed (and often moved) when RECOVER is used on an entire drive.


RECOVER is essentially two different utilities. One utility recovers readable information from a file that contains one or more unreadable, or bad, sectors. The other uses the file allocation table (FAT) to create a new root directory when the old root directory is corrupt. You essentially choose which utility to use when you specify that RECOVER should act on a file or on a drive.

RECOVER is discussed on pages 145 and 146 of "The Microsoft MS-DOS User's Guide and Reference" version 5.0 manual. The following statement is from page 145:

When the operation is complete, MS-DOS stores the recovered file in the root directory of the disk it came from. MS-DOS names the recovered files sequentially, beginning with FILE0001.REC.

From the context of the discussion on pages 145 and 146, it would appear that this paragraph applies to RECOVER in both cases. However, this paragraph does not apply when using RECOVER on a file; it only applies when using RECOVER on a drive.

For more information on RECOVER, query on the following words in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

recover and chains and bad

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 9/30/2003
Keywords: KB86649