It’s a much beloved program, TestDisk and Photorec.  The program is a gem of freeware that computer techs have long loved.  Most are familiar with the Photorec side of the software.  It’s a simple command terminal based program that with a few commands is able to scan and find deleted files and folders.  Even if the file is long gone, it’s able to do raw file carving like no other program.  It comes fully preloaded with a plethora of common file types it can recognized simply by the raw data.  So even if it’s impossible to find the file in the file tables, a full scan can often find it in the hard drive data area.

Nose to nose with even some expensive commercial products testdisk is able to often outperform in the sheer number of files it can recover.  I’ve seen cases where it found hundreds and even thousands of files that other expensive software missed.  That’s not to say it’s a one size fits all data recovery suite, either.  If you’re looking for more advanced features like RAID rebuilding you’ll have to continue looking.  Perhaps a title like R-Studio would be a better fit.  But for the typical user who just deleted something by accident it should be your first go to software.  Best of all, it’s free!! And that’s why it’s on this site.

The other less known part of the product is the actual program Testdisk.  Among its most outstanding features is the ability to scan for and find lost partitions.  Not only can it find these partitions, but it’s able to then restore them to their proper places in the MBR or GPT tables.  There’s been a number of times where a simple corrupted MBR was the cause of a non-booting system.  A quick scan using a live rescue CD, and bam! partition table restored and booting as usual.

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Below is the download link for the new Beta version 7.1, if you’d like the stable version 7.0 please visit the homepage of the makers:

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Freeware WantedOk, so now’s the part where we need your help.  We are looking for shareware and freeware titles to add to this site.  They don’t have to be anything fancy, even just a quick little game that you built, or an undelete utility will suffice.  Sure we could just scrape these from around the web, but what fun is that?  Then we’d have all the same odd junk that all the other sites like and tucows have.  We’re looking for that unheard of gems to add here.

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Later today I’ll be posting the first couple titles, which I think are a couple data recovery niche programs that we’ll be hosting.  If you want, come on back later today and check em out.  Hope you enjoy this site, and we hope to soon impress you with amazing new software titles.