Tuesday, April 6, 2010

PC/laptop life saver series: File recovery 3

Here is the part 3 of File recovery for PC/laptop life saver series:
You deleted a file and you are not sending it to recycle bin, but suddenly you realize you still need to file, ouch! What shall you do? Luckily there are nice people out there that write some awesome and free software for us to use. We can use them to recover the lost file and you are safe!

There is not preference which one is better than other, it all depend on your need. So here is third one I want to introduce to you:

Here what the author claim:
Photorec ignores the file system, this way it works even if the file system is severely damaged. It can recover lost files at least from FAT, NTFS, EXT2/EXT3 filesystem and HFS+. PhotoRec works with hard disks, CD-ROMs, memory cards (Compact Flash, Memory Stick, SecureDigital/SD, SmartMedia, Microdrive, MMC, etc.), USB memory drives, DD raw image, EnCase E01 image, etc.

Best of all, it is FREE!

One drawback of Photorec compare to the rest is the interface is in DOS, which is not so user friendly. But this is the piece of recovery software that I use the most. :)

Note from Photorec (but I am sure this is for all recovery file program): Important: As soon as a pic or file is accidentally deleted, or you discover any missing, do NOT save any more pics or files to that memory device or hard disk drive; otherwise you may overwrite your lost data. This means that while using PhotoRec, you must not choose to write the recovered files to the same partition they were stored on.

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