TestDisk - Best FREE Tool for Partition Recovery

Nothing beats a free software that can do what other commercial software can't. If you are looking for a partition recovery software, this one is for you. This open-source software saved me today from a possible one to three-hour work in recovering partitions that suddenly disappear. It only took less than five minutes to recover missing partitions.

You can run this program from windows or you can use Test Disk Live Rescue CD. The only downside of this program is it still uses dos interface even when you run it in windows instead of more friendly-user GUI. So you might need to read first the documentation before using it. As for me, i don't care as long as it gets the job done.

From their website:

TestDisk is a 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.

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

TestDisk has features for both novices and experts. For those who know little or nothing about data recovery techniques, TestDisk can be used to collect detailed information about a non-booting drive which can then be sent to a tech for further analysis. Those more familiar with such procedures should find TestDisk a handy tool in performing onsite recovery.

TestDisk can run under

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

You can download it here
Documentation and how-to can be found here

Any suggestion, question or violent reaction? Feel free to leave a comment.

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Don said…

Thanks for saving my day dude.
It works like a charm. Took me a minute to repair my corrupt partition. :)

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