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       fatcat - FAT filesystem explore, extract, repair, and forensic tool


       fatcat disk.img [options]


       fatcat  is  a  standalone tool that allow you to explore, extract, repair and forensic FAT
       filesystems It currently supports FAT12, FAT16 and FAT32.


       You should provide an option to fatcat, or you will get the help menu

           Display information about the FAT filesystem

       -l path [-d]
           Lists the entries of the directory path If  -d  is  present,  deleted  files  will  be

       -L cluster [-d]
           Same as -l, but using the cluster cluster number as source.  If -d is present, deleted
           files will be listed.

       -r path
           Reads the file given by path

       -R cluster [-s size]
           Reads the file starting at the cluster cluster number. If size is provied,  this  will
           only read size bytes.

       -x target [-c cluster] [-d]
           Extract  all  the files to the target directory. If you provide a cluster with -c, the
           extract will start with the given cluster instead that the root directory.  If  -d  is
           present, deleted files will be extracted.

       -z, -S
           -z  will  write  all  your  unallocated  data  to  zero,  and  -S  will write all your
           unallocated data to random bytes. this will for instance cause your deleted  files  to
           be unreadable.

       -@ cluster
           This  will  display  information about the given cluster. It will display its address,
           which is the offset of the cluster in the image, and the FAT  entries  (next  cluster,
           unallocated or end of cluster)

           Compares  the  two file allocation tables and produce a full diff. This can be used to
           check that the disk is not corrupted, and have a look to it before trying to merge  it
           with -m.

           Merges  the two file allocation tables. This will only keep the allocated entries from
           on or the other table.

       -b backupfile [-t table]
           Backups your FAT tables to the backupfile file. You can specify with -t  the  table(s)
           you want to backup (0:both, 1:first, 2:second). You can then apply the FATs using -p.

       -p backupfile [-t table]
           Patch  your  FAT  table using backupfile previously backuped file (using -b).  You can
           use -t to specify the table(s) you want to patch (0: both, 1:first, 2:second).

       -w cluster -v value [-t table]
           Writes the cluster entry in the FAT to value. You  can  specify  the  table  using  -t
           (0:both, 1:first, 2: second).

           Search  for  orphaned  files  on  the  disk.  This  will  produce a log listing files,
           directories and entries that are found. See -L, -R and -x to access  those  files  and

           Walks  the  directories  from  the  root  (/)  and  try  to  fix unallocated files and
           directories FAT table.

       -e path [-c cluster] [-s size]
           Display information about the entry of the path file or directory. You  can  edit  its
           cluster or size reference using -c and -s.

       -k cluster
           Walks  the  directories  from  the  root (/) and search an entry referencing the given


       You can explore your disk using -l:

       $ fatcat disk.img -l /

       And enter directories:

       $ fatcat disk.img -l /some/dir/

       You can read a file using -R:

       $ fatcat disk.img -r /hello.txt Hello world!  $ fatcat disk.img -r /picture.png > out.png

       You can also read files, including deleted ones:

       $ fatat disk.img -l / -d

       And extract all the files to a target directory:

       $ mkdir output/ $ fatcat disk.img -x output/

       Let's have a look at the listing:

        $ fatcat hello-world.img -l /
        Listing path /
        Directory cluster: 2
        f 25/10/2013 13:30:06  hello.txt                      c=3 s=13 (13B)
        d 25/10/2013 13:30:46  files/                         c=4

       The cluster of the files directory is 4, this means that we can list it with -L 4:

        $ fatcat hello-world.img -L 4
        Listing cluster 4
        Directory cluster: 4
        d 25/10/2013 13:30:22  ./                             c=4
        d 25/10/2013 13:30:22  ../                            c=0
        f 25/10/2013 13:30:46  other_file.txt                 c=5 s=29 (29B)

       The cluster of the other_file.txt file is 5, and its size is 29bytes, we can then read  it
       using -R 5 -s 29:

        $ fatcat hello-world.img -R 5 -s 29
        This is another file!

       For  more  examples  and  tutorials,  have  a look at the fatcat tutorial and examples at:


       fatattr(1), mkdosfs(8)


       No known bugs.


       Grégoire Passault (