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Post by CrxtJ7tOs4Iq » Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:30 pm

I am trying to come up with a way to track deleted items. I have been looking around and coming up empty handed. Is there a way to do this inside of everything search or am i going to have to use the command line to dump to file and compare?

This is something i would like to track over time.
Thank you.

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Post by NotNull » Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:51 pm

CrxtJ7tOs4Iq wrote:I have been looking around and coming up empty handed.
Search for parse USN journal in your favourite search engine; quite a few tools pop up.
CrxtJ7tOs4Iq wrote:Is there a way to do this inside of everything search
This is not possible with the current version of Everything, but ...
it *is* on the to do-list to show deleted files some time after they are deleted (can't find that thread right now)
CrxtJ7tOs4Iq wrote:This is something i would like to track over time.
Be careful what you wish for!
Run this script as administrator to get an idea how much files get deleted on your C:-drive in a short period of time (every line is a deleted file):
EDIT: This script does not work on Win7 and lower (Thanks to @Stamimail for pointing it out)

GetDeleted.cmd

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@echo off
setlocal
pushd "%~dp0"
set OUTPUT=DeletedItems.csv

echo Usn,File name,File name length,Reason nr,Reason,Time stamp,File attributes #,File attributes,File ID,Parent file ID,Source info nr,Source info,Security ID,Major version,Minor version,Record length,Number of extents,Remaining extents,Extent,Offset,Length > "%OUTPUT%"

fsutil usn readjournal c: csv | findstr /i /C:"file delete" >> "%OUTPUT%"

echo.
echo.
echo output is in "%CD%\%OUTPUT%"
echo.
pause

On my system it took about one minute for the script to complete.

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Post by CrxtJ7tOs4Iq » Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:42 pm

Thank you.
You gave me a lot to think about and look into.

The drive that i am monitoring is a file server so there is not near the traffic that we see on a windows c: drive

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Post by NotNull » Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:17 pm

CrxtJ7tOs4Iq wrote:Thank you.
You gave me a lot to think about and look into.
Another thought that just sprung (?) to mind: You could also enable and confgure auditing on your fileserver and audit the selected files/folders for deletion:
2018-08-22 18_08_53-Auditing Entry for Tools.png
Files that are deleted will then show up in the Eventlog of your server (including the usraccount that was responsible for it).
There are a lot of Eventlog analyzers/filters out there that can narrow this down to what you want (Powershell is surprisingly good at it).


This is an interesting question. Please keep us posted with your progress!
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Post by CrxtJ7tOs4Iq » Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:22 pm

We actually already do this, and ship the event logs off to a event log forwarder server.
But the amount of data i collect is an annoying amount. I was hoping for a clean little way via command line
I have actually achieved this very easy in small scale(100,000+ files), but the problem arises when monitoring 10's of millions of files the ES files become to large at 1GB+
at that point i have a hard time comparing 2 large files

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