TestDisk & PhotoRec

TestDisk & PhotoRec

Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 84 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.10
  • Total Downloads:
    175,839
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 29, 2008
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    3.34MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    513
  • Platform:
    Windows
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  • Current Version

    4.2

    out of 28 votes

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    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 1
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    out of 84 votes

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5 stars

"Works great!"

November 15, 2009  |  By mornedre

 |  Version: TestDisk & PhotoRec 6.10

Pros

My xd card stopped working, I downloaded several other more fancy programs that either stopped working or only gave me some images back. This was the quickest and gave me all the photos back:)

Cons

User interface is a command line interface. Just take the time to read the text and you'll be fine

Summary

Works fast and does the job... Best of all it's FREE

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5 stars

"Professional level recovery - for free"

March 27, 2011  |  By Catcome

 |  Version: TestDisk & PhotoRec 6.10

Pros

Recovers anything that can be recovered: files, partitions, sectors, etc. If it cannot recover it, nothing else probably can, at any price. You may need to learn some basics to use it, but it is well worth it. Awesome!!!

Cons

The interface may not be obvious to the users of "point and click" generation. It is not that hard, and not a real con, once you understand the basics. In fact, it is actually an advantage in the end as it makes the progam lighter.

Summary

Use it. It is extremely stable. i was able to recover stuff that nothing else could. Learn the interface and it will become a breeze. Just don't do stuff you do not understand.. search for documentation first! This is extremely powerful software that does not require a degree. Just some patience, and common sense. If your partition / files/ pictures are there, this WILL recover it, if you use it right.

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3 stars

"Perform above its pay grade"

February 10, 2011  |  By drenaldi

 |  Version: TestDisk & PhotoRec 6.10

Pros

For such a light software, it performs above its pay grade. Just follow the user guide (Thank God for it!).

Cons

The interface isn't user friendly. Users need to be IT literate (at least understand basic MS DOS operation)

Summary

I can find other PAID software which could recover more data than this software, but boy for such a basic software this thing do big wonders.

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4 stars

"Target directory for TestDisk 6.11"

January 06, 2011  |  By TopazMystique

 |  Version: TestDisk & PhotoRec 6.10

Pros

Seems easy enough to use after getting help in some forums.

Cons

Directions not very helpful for newbies.

Summary

I was able to change the target directory (folder) for copying files. First, I added the directories I wanted within the "C:\TESTDISK\win\" directory. When I typed "c" on a file name, I get a screen that asks if I want to save to "C:\TESTDISK\win\" directory. I just highlight the directory within that directory I want as the target and press the right arrow key. Message will then change to the selected directory. Once I copy the first file, all additional files will be copied to the same directory. To change the directory, I back up (quit) to the partition list, select the partition again and copy the new file so that the message asking for directory appears, select the new directory and use the right arrow key again.

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4 stars

"Great performance"

August 14, 2010  |  By onezavalar

 |  Version: TestDisk & PhotoRec 6.10

Pros

It works better than PC Inspector Smart Recovery and It's FREEEEEEEEE.........

Cons

yes, If you are not familiar with dos computing, then you're out of luck or better look for someone who knows about it. Is kind of confusing, you're wondering if you going to screw up your drives. But all you have to do is READ carefully the steps.

Summary

I tried PC Inspector Smart Recovery on Vista and XP but on Vista the pictures were all covered in gray, on XP some of the pictures were covered anywhere from 1/3 to 2/3 with gray area. So I searched here at download.com for an image recovery and I gave this one a try, and not only the pictures were saved but also the Exiff data embeded in the pictures, and although the recovery mix them all up, all I have to do set window explorer to details and from there I can see time and date of picture taken and organize them accordingly.

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4 stars

"AWESOME JOB but interface could be way better"

May 15, 2010  |  By Niracomix

 |  Version: TestDisk & PhotoRec 6.10

Pros

recovered every molecule of pictures and videos from my 4gb SD chip. HOORAY!

Cons

horrid dos window, made my eyes cross trying to read it and figure out the next step

Summary

gets the job done for free, nice!

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4 stars

"A bit confusing, but saved the day"

March 15, 2010  |  By Michigal

 |  Version: TestDisk & PhotoRec 6.10

Pros

It found photos that otherwise would have been gone forever. Very happy with that outcome.

Cons

Not especially user-friendly, particularly for anyone below intermediate level expertise. I figured it out, but not without quite a bit of head-scratching and some blue language.

Summary

When my dad cooked his hard drive somehow, I was not too confident that I would be able to save his dozens of irreplaceable photos (yes, I know... now he backs them up). I restored WinXP and, of course, no data files were accessible. Then I came across this software, downloaded it on my laptop to a CD, and crossed my fingers. It scanned his hard drive and did, indeed, find data files of all kinds. That's the good news.

The bad news is that it found the same ones over and over and over again... thousands of them, all mixed up together in recovery directories. No sorting by file type, date, or any other criteria. By the time I figured out what was going on and stopped the process, it had created almost 400 directory files, containing more than 100,000 individual files ranging from the .jpg pics I was seeking to every single .gif from every single logo ever accessed, various snippets of Word docs, .txt files, etc.

I spent hours accessing about 200 of the directories and plucking out photos. When I was fairly sure I was seeing only duplicates, I stopped and called it a good day.

I'm sure there is a way to curb and direct the software so the result is less "comprehensive" and/or more organized, but I did not puzzle over it long enough figure it out, so some of the blame rests with me. Having said that, it is far from self-explanatory.

However, it saved the things I needed to save, so the bottom line is... several thumbs up.

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4 stars

"Works Miracles / Needs a GUI and Preview Summary"

February 17, 2010  |  By leaffall

 |  Version: TestDisk & PhotoRec 6.10

Pros

This will recover everything off a hard drive, even if it has been formatted previously.

Recovers .mb (Maya Binary) files!

Cons

They really need to update the program so that it scans for the files and allows you to determine what you want to recover and what you don't. A GUI interface would rectify this. Otherwise as previously mentioned, it recovers EVERYTHING!

Summary

I used this to recover photos for a client whom I mistakenly deleted the photos due to forgetting a singular difference between MAC and Windows file handling in their respective GUI interfaces. This program worked wonderfully on recovering the photos on their MAC. However, because you can only select the type of files you want it to recover and not what files after a preview scan has been completed, I found myself having to go through over 50,000+ .jpg images to locate her photos. Most of the images were from OS alone; i.e. buttons, tutorial images, accents, etc. However, the upside is that it recovered everything that was deleted without fail.

I found that when recovering .mp3 files though, it returned many incomplete .mp3 files. I had ran this program on my own MAC laptop that, although it had been formatted after the music had been on there, it was unable to recover these files and instead I was returned with a few seconds of silence on almost every .mp3 recovered.

Perhaps the most shocking thing I found out, since I work with Autodesk's Maya, was that this program had a selection to recover Maya Binary files or .mb file extension. Since my backup PC hard drive recently was erased and it contained all of my work from Adobe programs to Maya, I found this feature very comforting. I have not yet tried to recover these files as I am having to run another program in order to speed up the process of recovery because going through system images and other .jpg files after they are written to my computer is an irritation to me. When I run this program to recover the Maya files I will update this so everyone will know how it preformed.

Overall, I found this program to be reliable in recovering all the files I attempted. It really just needs a GUI and a selection phase after the scan to allow you to determine what will be restored and what won't be so you don't have to waste more time than you have to anyhow. I suggest the GUI because when it restores the files it does not give the original names with the file, it designates a name, I believe, based on the sector of the drive in which it was located.

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4 stars

"Worked when others failed"

February 14, 2010  |  By alnsusan

 |  Version: TestDisk & PhotoRec 6.10

Pros

It was able to recover photos from my CF card. It was free. I tried 5-8 other free utilities first, but none worked. I found 1 utility that worked but they charged $100++

Cons

Even when selecting the Windows interface, it runs in a DOS window. Selecting the destination folder for the recovered files was unclear, but selecting the defaults worked.

Summary

It works, nothing else matters.

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5 stars

"excelente, cumple su funcion"

January 05, 2010  |  By rodelu66

 |  Version: TestDisk & PhotoRec 6.10

Pros

recupere unas fotos borradas de la memoria SD en segundos

Cons

tal vez, pero ni tanto la interfase. Nada del otro mundo, cualquier persona lo puede hacer.

Summary

great!! easy and fast. good job.

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2 stars

"Interface is terrible"

January 03, 2010  |  By jillnmax

 |  Version: TestDisk & PhotoRec 6.10

Pros

This was oe of few products that could detect my external hard drive - and that's where the files I need to recover reside.

Cons

The interface might be great if you have a PhD in CS, but since I don't, it was impossible to figure out how to recover the files (and the internet-base help files are not that helpful).

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.10
Version 6.10 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher CG Security
Publisher web site http://www.cgsecurity.org/
Release Date July 29, 2008
Date Added July 29, 2008
Version 6.10
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT/2000/XP
Additional Requirements Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 Server
Download Information
File Size 3.34MB
File Name testdisk-6.14-WIP.win.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 175,839
Downloads Last Week 513
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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