testdisk

TestDisk

Description
TestDisk is a powerful free data recovery utility! It 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). Partition table recovery using TestDisk is really easy.
Interface: Command Line
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Available deb Repositories (how-to add a respository)
Debian 32-bit 64-bit
stable 6.13-1 6.13-1
testing 6.14-3 6.14-3+b1
sid 6.14-3 6.14-3+b1

Ubuntu 32-bit 64-bit
lucid 6.11-1 6.11-1
precise 6.13-1 6.13-1
saucy 6.14-1ubuntu1 6.14-1ubuntu1
trusty 6.14-2 6.14-2

Rating: Excellent (2 votes)


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Great Recovery Tool

TestDisk is a great tool for recovering files from a broken disk. My wife's hard drive crashed yesterday and it turned out to be a corrupt boot sector. I booted to a Kubuntu Live USB and was able to use TestDisk to recover the MBR from the backup (it was NTFS which keeps a backup at a different part of the drive) and copy the files I needed to a USB key.

It has a command line interface, but you simply run "sudo testdisk" and there is a guided menu based approach after that.

Chad
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