TestDisk & PhotoRec

TestDisk is powerful data recovery software! It was originally designed to help the recover lost partitions, repairing corrupted partition tables when these symptoms were caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses or human errors such as accidental deletion of the Partition Table.

TestDisk is software OpenSource and it is under the GNU General Public License (GPL v2 +).

TestDisk can:

  • Repair partition table, recover lost partitions
  • Recover the boot sector of a FAT32 partition from its backup
  • Rebuild the boot sector of a FAT12, FAT16 or FAT32 file system
  • Repair FAT tables
  • Rebuild NTFS boot sector
  • Restore NTFS boot sector from its backup
  • Repair the MFT from its backup (mirror MFT)
  • Locate a spare superblock for an ext2 / ext3 or ext4 partition
  • Recover deleted file from FAT, NTFS or ext2 partition
  • Copy files from FAT, NTFS, ext2 / ext3 / ext4 partition even if it is erased.

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