[teknoids] Data recovery software

marbux marbux at gmail.com
Mon Feb 16 02:00:13 EST 2009

Some utilities I've used for a long time with varying degrees of
success. But if one doesn't do it, usually another will.

Testdisk -- borked drive recovery <http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk>.

Ranish Partition Manager -- amongst other things, repair borked hard
drive boot sectors. <http://www.ranish.com/part/>.

PhotoRec -- recover lost files even if FAT is corrupt or drive has
been reformatted. Also works on CD-ROMs and digital camera memory.

CmosPwd  -- Decrypt BIOS passwords, also backup, restore, and
erase/kill CMOS so you can reflash it. (Make sure you aren't helping
someone who hands you a stolen computer.)

All of the above are free utilities.

There are also a host of rescue live CDs. See e.g., the list at Frozen
Tech, <http://www.livecdlist.com/?pick=All&showonly=rescue>. Most are
free and Linux-based. But most include tools for rescuing Windows
disks, filesystems, etc.

Best regards,



Universal Interoperability Council

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