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TestDisk is a tool to check and undelete partitions. It works with the following partitions: FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, Linux, Linux swap (version 1 and 2), NTFS (Windows NT/W2K/2003), BeFS (BeOS), UFS (BSD), JFS, XFS, and Netware.

Operating Systems

Recent releases

  •  18 Sep 2010 18:00

    Release Notes: Support was added for FAT, NTFS, and ext2 undelete. Support was added for recovering deleted exFAT and ext4, and more.

    •  19 Apr 2009 16:13

      Release Notes: Both utilities are faster than previous versions. TestDisk 6.11 can undelete files from NTFS partition and recover deleted exFAT. Over 50 file types have been added to PhotoRec.

      •  05 Aug 2008 18:09

        Release Notes: This release can undelete files and directories for FAT filesystems, undelete files for ext2 filesystems, and copy files from ext2/ext3 partitions. PhotoRec can load and save FileOpts settings to remember which file types to recover. For JPEG files, it extracts the time/date from the EXIF header and sets the file time. It's now easier to sort the recovered JPEG. PhotoRec can now identify and recover 38 additional file formats.

        •  13 Feb 2008 21:55

          Release Notes: The EFI GUID Partition Table (MacBook, MacPro, etc.) is now supported. LUKS encrypted partitions and Mac HFSX partitions can be recovered. Unicode filenames are supported. Lost files from ext2/ext3 unallocated space can be recovered (this was already possible for FAT and NTFS).

          •  14 Aug 2007 07:15

            Release Notes: Both utilities now automatically detect the partition table type, which is useful for people working with disk or partition images. TestDisk and PhotoRec can now be run under GNU screen. HFS partition detection has been improved to avoid false positives. TestDisk now records the potential NTFS partition location from the MFT location while rebuilding the NTFS boot sector. A few bugs were fixed in PhotoRec 6.8. .dta and .spss file format support was added and .7z, .cab, .rar, and .tar recovery was improved. Recovery of fragmented JPEG by brute-force was improved.

            Recent comments

            11 Mar 2005 04:41 chuonthis

            Great utility!
            OMG!! I accidentally deleted all of the partitions on a drive that was dual booting Windows XP and Gentoo and was worried that I had lost everything. I first tried Active Partition Recovery and after running the extended scan, no partitions were found. Then I used the version of Testdisk included in the Ultimate Bootdisk and it instantly found all of the partitions and recovered them. I was literally back up and running 2 minutes after booting from the CD.

            02 Aug 2003 09:49 Kedarius

            Very cool one
            This program is verry cool, has easy and intuitive TUI and has earned me a bottle of whiskey :)


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