Offline Files


  • Banned

    We don't use them but for some reason never disabled it administratively with a GPO..

    Anyway user turns them on works fine for maybe a year. until today. Technician looks at it his drives aren't showing up at all. Shows he's working offline but the files don't show, weather he's connected to the network or not. Technician then disables the offline files and drives work.. problem is offline the user didn't have offline files setup properly they didn't sync to the server for a good while.

    Anyway, check them with file recovery tools most of the C:\windows\csc\ was over written already. from my understanding offline files cache is a database, not individual files, so recovery would be all or none correct? So it wouldn't be worth sending the drive off for recovery?


  • Service Provider

    Sounds correct, but I'm not totally sure.



  • Try using an NTFS Undelete program. That would recover the files in the Offline files folder.

    You could also try doing a system restore, although I don't know if that restores the files in the Offline files cache or not...

    There is a way you can view the offline files cache, but I don't remember where to find it. Maybe in the Windows Sync center?


  • Banned

    Checked with multiple recovery companies they confirmed my suspicion


  • Banned

    @dafyre said in Offline Files:

    Try using an NTFS Undelete program. That would recover the files in the Offline files folder.

    You could also try doing a system restore, although I don't know if that restores the files in the Offline files cache or not...

    There is a way you can view the offline files cache, but I don't remember where to find it. Maybe in the Windows Sync center?

    I can recover some of the files in CSC cache but that does no good, they are all .Dat files used to make a database of all the files. They there isn't a file for every file you have synced in the cache so partial recovery is not possible. you have to have the files that make up the database for it to work.



  • That's not the option I'm thinking about then. There's one that will let you view the cached offline files (assuming you run the NTFS Undelete successfully)...

    That's where I'm walking about... http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/48860-offline-files-view-all.html

    It's been entirely too long since I've had to do this in WIndows 7.


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    @dafyre said in Offline Files:

    That's not the option I'm thinking about then. There's one that will let you view the cached offline files (assuming you run the NTFS Undelete successfully)...

    Yes but to view them the whole database that windows uses must be restored. It's not true files on the system that you are accessing with that.


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