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    Open Source Recuva Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Recuva is TestDisk. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Recuva and nine of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Recuva are PhotoRec (Free, Open Source), Autopsy Forensic Browser (Free, Open Source), Kickass Undelete (Free, Open Source) and GNU ddrescue (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Nov 10, 2021

    1. TestDisk can convert dynamic disks to basic disks.
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      TestDisk vs Recuva opinions
      Most users think TestDisk is a great alternative to Recuva.
      Professional tools, not simple, but powerfull
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

      The best one out there. It can edit/restore partitions, list and copy files and folders and it's very fast.
      Top positive comment  almost 3 years ago

      It's focused in recovering partitions, not files. So it lists partitions with not much info about the files inside.
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

      It's focused on recovery partition. In the case of you have to recover folders or files, is not really helpfull
      Negative comment 2 months ago

      Not user friendly at all, I couldn't find a single line saying this was a file recovery software, only partitions
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

    2. PhotoRec, companion program to .
      Almost everyone thinks PhotoRec is a great alternative to Recuva.

    3. 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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    4. Kickass Undelete is a free, fully featured, file recovery tool for Windows. Accidentally deleted a file? Never fear; the data is probably still on your drive and may be recoverable.


      Not updated since 2018-12-10 according to

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    5. 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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    6. FreeRecover is a free file recovery program for NTFS drives. It allows you to search though and preview deleted files to find lost data. It also estimates the integrity of the deleted files, as well as retrieves their original file paths.


      Last updated in 2017

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    7. 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.
      recoverjpeg vs Recuva opinions
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      Only recovers JPEG images.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

    8. DataRecovery is freeware and made by TOKIWA to undelete accidentally deleted files even from recycle bin. But DataRecovery doesn't assure that all files deleted can be recovered successfully.


      The program is no longer updated since August 2013. Last version, v2.4.7, released in November 2012, can be still downloaded for free.

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      Data recovery program for NTFS file systems. Reads each block of the hard disk to and retrieves rebuilds file system tree on another partition.


      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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