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TestDisk download contains TWO programs - TestDisk and PhotoRec. They are used on the command line in the Terminal. As a result, these programs are designed for support personnel and experienced Mac users.

The TestDisk program 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).

It will also find accidentally deleted partitions
What's New
Version 6.14:

TestDisk:
  • Improvements
    • testdisk /list now displays the disk model, serial number, firmware version and hpa or dco presence if detected
    • Recover WBFS (Wii Backup File System) partition
    • Make FAT RebuildBS works when there is a single FAT table
    • Interface: Display the partition table type if autodetected
    • Interface: modified warning about mismatching geometry between FAT or NTFS boot sector and HD geometry information (Debian #651756)
    • Interface: Remove "Allow partial last cylinder" option
  • Bug fixes
    • Fix CRC in EFI backup GPT
    • Rewrote how TestDisk aligns partition on cylinder or 1MB boundary. It avoids to create partition entry where the partition ends after the end of the disk.
PhotoRec:
  • Improvements
    • Improve Olympus .orf recovery
    • Improve WP Mac/WP5/WP6 Corel Documents .wpd files recovery
    • Fix thumbs.db recovery, avoid some false positive with .doc
    • Interface: if less than 10 file families are enabled, display the results even if zero has been found yet
    • New file formats:
      • .aep After Effects
      • .axx AxCrypt
      • .dp Designer, a Photobook Designer Software
      • .lzh archive
      • .mmap MindManager
      • .plt Gerber Graphix Advantage
      • .prproj Adobe Premiere project
      • .psb Adobe Photoshop Image
      • .pts PTGui, panoramic stitching software
      • .qcp The QCP File Format and Media Types for Speech Data (RFC3625)
      • .shn Shorten audio file
      • .snt Windows Sticky Notes
      • .ttd TinyTag Data
      • .wallet Armory bitcoin wallet
      • .wim Windows imaging (WIM) image
  • Bug fixes
    • Fix an endless loop during .caf file recovery
    • Fix TIFF recovery including some raw file formats, 64-bit version wasn't affected
Version 6.14:

TestDisk:
  • Improvements
    • testdisk /list now displays the disk model, serial number, firmware version and hpa or dco presence if detected
    • Recover WBFS (Wii Backup File System) partition
    • Make FAT RebuildBS works when there is a single FAT table
    • Interface: Display the partition table type if more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.5 or later








TestDisk User Discussion (Write a Review)
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staggerdog reviewed on 16 Nov 2013
can get you out of some sticky situations
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burypromote

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staggerdog reviewed on 16 Nov 2013
can get you out of some sticky sitcheeatians
[Version 6.14]


burypromote

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staggerdog reviewed on 16 Nov 2013
can get you out of some sticky sitcheeatians
[Version 6.14]


burypromote

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staggerdog reviewed on 16 Nov 2013
can get you out of some sticky sitcheeatians
[Version 6.14]


burypromote

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staggerdog reviewed on 16 Nov 2013
can get you out of some sticky sitcheeatians
[Version 6.14]


burypromote
-1

+26

Tachy0n reviewed on 03 Oct 2013
Look, I'm in IT, and this is still too hard.
It doesn't appear to actually check and fix a directory, only the partition map.
I tried to create an image of my dead drive at /dev/disk2 onto the internal drive onto /dev/disk0s2 and it just has an obscure error:
"Couldn't create file" or some rubbish. TELL ME WHY NOT
[Version 6.14]


burypromote

+5

Tschoepler reviewed on 02 Oct 2013
Great tool with the broadest set of supported file types out there: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/File_Formats_Recovered_By_PhotoRec
[Version 6.14]


burypromote
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+40

Frieddylan reviewed on 07 Mar 2012
DeFacto multi platform support. Recovering Windows based data from dead or dying drives is a snap- hosed partition table? Not able to mount the drive from another OS due to problems, and so not able to recover files? This is the tool for you.

Its not an elegantly GUI'd app but that's not important really. This gets the job done efficiently and its free. Can't beat that.
[Version 6.13]


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+1

+36

Simbasounds reviewed on 04 Mar 2012
This is THE ONE..

TestDisk goes deeper than the mighty Disk Warrior to rescue drives where the file system has been completely destroyed..

Those disks that come up as being unformatted / advising initialisation? This set of tools get's right in there to diagnose and repair as far as is possible.

As far as the magnetic data goes (including boot / file system) TestDisk will confirm decisively whether your hard drive is saveable or whether it needs hardware recovery (or wether it should be used a paperweight).

Don't be put off by the Terminal-based interface. It's not "command-line" in the sense that instills terror in non-coders. It's just a series of fairly easy questions requiring one-character answers (like y for yes and n for no) in white text on a black background.
[Version 6.13]


burypromote

+173

Pedro-Fardilha reviewed on 29 Nov 2011
PhotoRec made miracles on several picture cards from both myself and some bodies of mine that asked for help after seeing the results that I've got.
It's an app with a CLI (command line interface) but is easy enough to remain usable for a common mortal.
THANK yo zoo much for making such a great SOS utility for free
[Version 6.13]


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Teg Bains rated on 27 Mar 2014

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Jdargo940 rated on 10 Sep 2012

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+9

John_Brown rated on 06 Aug 2012

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Hare rated on 24 Jul 2012

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Downloads:25,838
Version Downloads:5,650
Type:Utilities : Optimizers
License:Free
Date:02 Oct 2013
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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TestDisk download contains TWO programs - TestDisk and PhotoRec. They are used on the command line in the Terminal. As a result, these programs are designed for support personnel and experienced Mac users.

The TestDisk program 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).

It will also find accidentally deleted partitions (either Apple Partitions, the newer EFI partitions and Windows MBR Partitons) and provide the necessary information for you to restore them using the Apple pdisk command (for Apple Partitions) or the gpt command for (for EFI partitions)

PhotoRec is file data recovery software designed to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from Hard Disks and CDRom and lost pictures (thus, its 'Photo Recovery' name) from digital camera memory. PhotoRec ignores the filesystem and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media's filesystem has been severely damaged or re-formatted.

PhotoRec can recover data from various filesystems including FAT, NTFS and HFS+.


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