Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Data and Photo Recovery

TestDisk & PhotoRec are a useful couple of free, cross-platform data recovery utilities bundled together in the same download.

TestDisk Apple CompatibleLinux CompatibleWindows Compatible - a free data recovery application, primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses or human error (such as accidentally deleting your Partition Table). It can…
  • Fix partition table and recover a deleted partition.
  • Recover FAT32 boot sector from its backup.
  • Rebuild FAT12/FAT16/FAT32 boot sector.
  • Fix FAT tables.
  • Rebuild NTFS boot sector.
  • Recover NTFS boot sector from its backup.
  • Fix MFT using MFT mirror.
  • Locate ext2/ext3 Backup SuperBlock.
PhotoRec Apple CompatibleLinux CompatibleWindows Compatible - a free file recovery application, designed to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from Hard Disks and CDRom and also lost pictures (thus, its 'Photo Recovery' name) from digital camera memory.

PhotoRec ignores the filesystem and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media's filesystem has been severely damaged or re-formatted. For more safety, PhotoRec uses read-only access to handle the drive or memory support you are about to recover lost data from.

Related Posts: Recovering Lost or Corrupt Camera Images

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