GNU ddrescue Alternatives

    GNU ddrescue is described as 'data recovery tool. It copies data from one file or block device (hard disc, cdrom, etc) to another, trying hard to rescue data in case of read errors' and is an app in the Backup & Sync category. There are more than 10 alternatives to GNU ddrescue for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is TestDisk, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like GNU ddrescue are Recuva (Freemium), PhotoRec (Free, Open Source), Acronis True Image (Paid) and HDclone (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Jul 21, 2021

    1. TestDisk can convert dynamic disks to basic disks.
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    2. Accidentally deleted an important file? Lost files after a computer crash? No problem - Recuva recovers files from your Windows computer, recycle bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player!.

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      Be careful during installation, the installer will promote you to install CCleaner.

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    3. Acronis True Image (or simply True Image) is a software product produced by Acronis that provides data protection including, backup, archive, access and recovery for Microsoft, macOS, iOS and Android operating systems.
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    4. HDClone creates physical or logical copies (clones) and file images of hard disks and other mass storage media. HDClone is a perfect tool for backups and copies of entire software or operating system installations.


    5. Foremost is a console program to recover files based on their headers, footers, and internal data structures. This process is commonly referred to as data carving. Foremost can work on image files, such as those generated by dd, Safeback, Encase, etc, or directly on a drive.
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    6. Raise Data Recovery is an easy-to-use powerful utility for data recovery from Windows file systems, as well as additionally from Linux, macOS and RAID, and raw recovery technique with intuitive wizard-style interface.
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    7. Scalpel is an open source data carving tool. Scalpel is a file carving and indexing application that runs on Linux and Windows. The first version of Scalpel, released in 2005, was based on Foremost 0.69.
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    8. safecopy is a data recovery tool which tries to extract as much data as possible from a problematic (i.e. damaged sectors) source - like floppy drives, hard disk partitions, CDs, tape devices, ..., where other tools like dd would fail due to I/O error
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      Scalpel-2.0 - Scalpel; File Carving. Configuration files are modified.
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