The world of Open source has a little for everything, no wonder more
and more people are openly embracing the same. Data recovery is an
essential part of anyone even remotely concerned with a system. Anything
could happen, therefore it's ideal your data is properly backed. Here
are 8 open source tools to recover your data.
is a console program to recover files based on their headers, footers,
and internal data structures. This process is commonly referred to as
data carving. Foremost can work on image files, such as those generated
by dd, Safeback, Encase, etc, or directly on a drive.
is program for test or diagnostics of ATA/ATAPI/SATA, SSD and SCSI/USB
devices. It will not execute in a DOS session under Windows. You should
make a DOS boot floppy disk or CD/DVD and boot your system for it and
execute this program from that floppy disk or CD-ROM.
data recovery software designed to recover lost files including video,
documents and archives from hard disks, CD-ROMs, and lost pictures from
digital camera memory. PhotoRec ignores the file system and goes after
the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media's file
system has been severely damaged or reformatted.
is powerful 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). Partition table recovery using TestDisk is really easy.
provides a robust yet lean system for data recovery and forensics. No
graphical interface is used; the live system can boot and function
normally on machines with very little memory or processor power.