TestDisk & PhotoRec 7.0

A handy application that is able to check and undelete partitions, as well as perform recovery and repair tasks for damaged disks
Data recovery and partition repairing are tasks that involve the usage of some specialized utilities that can work in sensitive areas of the system. When it comes to restoring lost data and rebuilding boot sectors, one of the tools that are created just for these purposes is TestDisk.

Runnable via command-line, the software checks disks and scans for errors, then allows you to choose the action you want it to carry out. With TestDisk you can analyze the partition structure and check if any lost partitions are to be found on the selected drive.

The program is also able to change the disk geometry and write to the first sector of the disk the MBR code. You can use the application for completely wiping all data from a partition and restoring non-bootable disks to their bootable form.

Insofar as the data recovery (undeletion) is concerned, TestDisk comes with support for several file systems, including some that are not common to Windows users. Thus, you will be able to restore files from FAT, NTFS, ext2 and exFAT file systems.

For systems with damaged or empty partition tables, the software offers the possibility to repair the issues. Furthermore, TestDisk can find missing partitions and creating a new table or rewriting a completely new MBR is also feasible.

Designed to be accessible for both advanced and less-experienced users alike, this utility has logging and debugging capabilities that can be easily used from the command-line. This means that TestDisk will gather all available information regarding the state of a drive and the information can then be used for analyzing and fixing the problems.

All in all, for anyone who needs to restore files or entire partitions, write partition tables for specific drives and other such tasks, TestDisk is definitely one of the best choices, especially since it is not hard to operate it.

Reviewed by Olivian Puha on July 19th, 2013


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Editor's Review
VERY GOOD
last updated on:
October 23rd, 2013, 11:40 GMT
file size:
3.1 MB
price:
FREE!
developed by:
Christophe GRENIER
license type:
GPL 
operating system(s):
Windows 2K / XP / XP 64 bit / Vista / Vista 64 bit / 7 / 7 64 bit / 8 / 8 64 bit / 2003 / 2008 / 2008 64 bit / 2008 R2 / NT
category:
C: \ System \ Hard Disk Utils
download hub:
HDD Managers ( + 1 other )

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4.0/5

user rating 39

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What's New in version 6.14
  • General Improvements:
  • The log file generated by the Windows version (cygwin) reports bad sectors in a more readable fashion, example
  • ReadFile Data error (cyclic redundancy check).
  • As openssl isn't used, don't link with this cryptographic library (Debian tries to avoid mixing GPL code and openssl)
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Application description

TestDisk was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when thes...

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