TestDisk 7.2  Pick    

Size:  20.5MB

License:   FREE

Publisher:  Publisher | Listed Programs

Release Date:   2019-07-30

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OS:  Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7/8/10

Downloads:   132057

Popularity:   Popularity:1/10



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Software Product Description

TestDisk is a powerful free data recovery utility. TestDisk was 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 erasing your Partition Table).

TestDisk is a free and useful program which queries the BIOS ( DOS/Win9x) or the OS ( Linux, FreeBSD) in order to find the Hard Disks and their characteristics ( LBA size and CHS geometry). TestDisk does a quick check of your disk's structure and compares it with your Partition Table for entry errors. If the Partition Table has entry errors, TestDisk can repair them. If you have missing partitions or a completely empty Partition Table, TestDisk can search for partitions and create a new Table or even a new MBR if necessary.

However, it's up to the user to look over the list of possible partitions found by TestDisk and to select the one(s) which were being used just before the drive failed to boot or the partition(s) were lost. In some cases, especially after initiating a detailed search for lost partitions, TestDisk may show partition data which is simply from the remnants of a partition that had been deleted and overwritten long ago.

TestDisk has features for both novices and experts. For those who know little or nothing about data recovery techniques, the command line parameters /log and /debug can be used to collect detailed information about a non-booting drive which can then be sent to a tech for further analysis. Those more familiar with such procedures should find TestDisk a handy tool in performing onsite recovery.

TestDisk can find lost partitions for all of these file systems:

  • BeFS ( BeOS )
  • BSD disklabel ( FreeBSD/OpenBSD/NetBSD )
  • CramFS, Compressed File System
  • DOS/Windows FAT12, FAT16 and FAT32
  • HFS and HFS+, Hierarchical File System
  • JFS, IBM's Journaled File System
  • Linux Ext2 and Ext3
  • Linux Raid
    • RAID 1: mirroring
    • RAID 4: striped array with parity device
    • RAID 5: striped array with distributed parity information
    • RAID 6: striped array with distributed dual redundancy information
  • Linux Swap (versions 1 and 2)
  • LVM and LVM2, Linux Logical Volume Manager
  • Mac partition map
  • Novell Storage Services NSS
  • NTFS ( Windows NT/2K/XP/2003 )
  • ReiserFS 3.5, 3.6 and 4
  • Sun Solaris i386 disklabel
  • Unix File System UFS and UFS2 (Sun/BSD/...)
  • XFS, SGI's Journaled File System

PhotoRec is file data recovery software designed to recover lost pictures (Photo Recovery) from digital camera memory and lost files including video, documents and archives from Hard Disks and CDRom. PhotoRec ignores the filesystem and goes after the underlying data, so it'll work even if your media's filesystem is severely damaged or formatted. PhotoRec is safe to use, it will never attempt to write to the drive or memory support you are about to recover from. Recovered files are instead written in the directory from where you are running the PhotoRec program.

PhotoRec is free, this open source multi-platform application is distributed under GNU Public License. PhotoRec is a companion program to TestDisk and is included in the download.

Downloads available for DOS, Linux, Mac OS X are located on the developer's download page.


"Handy Software"

Reviewer: -PsyintZ

Review Date: 2017-06-28

Pros: None

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Very useful software for recovering lost partitions. However, a couple of the reviews are abysmally inappropriate. For example, JT has given the software 1 star simply because he lacked the intelligence required to utilize it properly. This is completely unfair to the software's developers. It is not their fault you messed up your system by misusing their software. Sorry for the rant, but I am getting sick and tired of seeing people crap on these hard-working developers simply due to a lack of education pertaining to proper usage. They work very hard to provide us with these exceptional tools (often for FREE!), just to have their reputations questioned by ignorant people who aren't really qualified to be using these programs in the first place. It's quite unfortunate, honestly.


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