PhotoRec Alternatives for Linux

    There are many alternatives to PhotoRec for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is R-Studio. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Autopsy Forensic Browser or GNU ddrescue. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to PhotoRec and 11 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to PhotoRec are Foremost (Free, Open Source), Scalpel (Free, Open Source), Recovery Explorer (Paid) and safecopy - Data Recovery (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 26, 2021

    1. R-Studio is a family of powerful and cost-effective undelete and data recovery software.
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    2. The Autopsy Forensic Browser is a graphical interface to the digital investigation tools in The Sleuth Kit. Together, they allow you to investigate the file system and volumes of a computer.
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    3. GNU ddrescue is a 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.
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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. Recovery Explorer (Standard and RAID) are an effective easy-to-use software solution for retrieving different types of data lost from various devices and file systems.
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    7. 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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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Scalpel-2.0 - Scalpel; File Carving. Configuration files are modified.
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    8. Data recovery program for NTFS file systems. Reads each block of the hard disk to and retrieves rebuilds file system tree on another partition.

      Discontinued

      The program is no longer updated. Last version, 0.8.6, released in June 2009, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    9. Utility to recover errors from digital camera memory cards and other devices. Command line only. Works also on disk images which where copied before using e.g. ddrescue. Very fast and detects more files and each each file more complete than many others.
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