|Operating System:||Windows XP/Vista/7/8
32-bit program. Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.
PhotoRec is a free file recovery tool that is bundled with the TestDisk program. PhotoRec will scan a hard drive for deleted files and automatically recover them to a location you specify. By default, PhotoRec will recover almost all deleted data files that it can find. If you wish to specify the types of files it will restore, you can use the File Options screen to make these changes.
When the program is done restoring the files, the restored file will be located in the recup_dir folder. You can the browse the contents of this file to safely restore the files you wanted back to their original location.
PhotoRec is file data recovery software designed to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from hard disks, CD-ROMs, and lost pictures (thus the Photo Recovery name) from digital camera memory. PhotoRec ignores the file system and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media's file system has been severely damaged or reformatted.
PhotoRec is free - this open source multi-platform application is distributed under GNU General Public License (GPLV v2+). PhotoRec is a companion program to TestDisk, an app for recovering lost partitions on a wide variety of file systems and making non-bootable disks bootable again.
For more safety, PhotoRec uses read-only access to handle the drive or memory card you are about to recover lost data from. 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.
It can recover lost files at least from
ReiserFS includes some special optimizations centered around tails, a name for files and end portions of files that are smaller than a filesystem block. In order to increase performance, ReiserFS is able to store files inside the b*tree leaf nodes themselves, rather than storing the data somewhere else on the disk and pointing to it. Unfortunately, PhotoRec isn't able to deal with this - that's why it doesn't work well with ReiserFS.
PhotoRec has been successfully tested with various portable media players including iPod and the following Digital Cameras: