Data recovery

In case of emergency there are a couple of good free tools around to help you out.

Recuva
Recuva (pronounced “recover”) is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer.
Quick look at some features:

  • Undelete files on your computer
  • Recovery from damaged or formatted disks
  • Recover deleted emails
  • Full Windows OS support and many languages

TestDisk
TestDisk is a free data recovery software. 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 deleting a Partition Table).
TestDisk can:

  • Fix partition table, recover deleted partition
  • Recover FAT32 boot sector from its backup
  • Rebuild FAT12/FAT16/FAT32 boot sector
  • Fix FAT tables
  • Rebuild NTFS boot sector
  • Recover NTFS boot sector from its backup
  • Fix MFT using MFT mirror
  • Locate ext2/ext3 Backup SuperBlock
  • Undelete files from FAT, NTFS and ext2 filesystem
  • Copy files from deleted FAT, NTFS and ext2/ext3 partitions

TestDisk can run under:

  • DOS (either real or in a Windows 9x DOS-box)
  • Windows (NT4, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista)
  • Linux
  • FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD
  • SunOS
  • MacOS

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