Tools:Data Recovery

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Partition Recovery

Partition Table Doctor
The Linux partition management tool.
Active Partition Recovery

See Also


  • "fdisk /mbr" restores the boot code in the MBR, but not the partition itself.

Data Recovery

BringBack offers easy to use, inexpensive, and highly successful data recovery for Windows and Linux (ext2) operating systems and digital images stored on memory cards, etc.
ByteBack Data Recovery Investigative Suite v4.0
Now with UDMA, ATA & SATA support, memory management and greater ease and control of partition and MBR manipulations, ByteBack continues to uphold it's viability as the computer forensics and recovery application of professionals.
RAID Reconstructor
Runtime Software's RAID Reconstructor will reconstruct RAID Level 0 (Striping) and RAID Level 5 drives.
Salvation Data
Claims to have a program that can read the "bad blocks" of Maxtor drives with proprietary commands.


DataLifter DataLifter® - File Extractor Pro

Foremost is a console program to recover files based on their headers, footers, and internal data structures.


Scalpel is a fast file carver that reads a database of header and footer definitions and extracts matching files from a set of image files or raw device files. Scalpel is filesystem-independent and will carve files from FATx, NTFS, ext2/3, or raw partitions.

EnCase comes with some eScripts that will do carving.

A virtual filesystem (fuse) implementation that can provide carving tools with the posibility to do recursive multi tool zero-storage carving (also called in-place carving). Patches and scripts for scalpel and foremost are provided. Works on raw and encase images.

A shared library that allows carving tools to use zero-storage carving on carvfs virtual files.


PhotoRec is file data recovery software designed to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from Hard Disks and CDRom and lost pictures (thus, its 'Photo Recovery' name) from digital camera memory.


RevIt (Revive It) is an experimental carving tool, initially developed for the DFRWS 2006 carving challenge. It uses a File structure based carving approach. Note that RevIt currently is a work in progress.