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TestDisk and PhotoRec got some reviews on the Net. They are also cited in various data recovery stories.


By Ben Lam, December 23, 2014


Posted by Sierra Adamson on May 1, 2013
Alex was arrested for merely filming the police in Miami, the police later illegally deleted the footage from Alex’s camera and charged him with resisting arrest. Alex recovered the video using PhotoRec.

By Fred Scali-West
Linux Essentiel n°23 juin-juillet 2013, ISSN 1969-2463

By C.G.B. Spender
Linux Essentiel n°23 juin-juillet 2013, ISSN 1969-2463


By Samer Kurdi on October 3, 2012
PhotoRec was the only program tested that was able to identify AND recover files from the corrupt hide drive we tested it with. It also recovered files from both FAT and NTFS with a very high recovery ratio, even if not the highest.

By Miroslav Mocek, 2012/08/26.

By Nathan Riley, 2012/05/16

By Cyryl Plotnicki, 2012/04/01

By Serdar Yegulalp, 2012/03/06: As a result, I recommend PhotoRec for tech-savvy users.

By Alex Wagner, 2012/02/09 PhotoRec can recover lost data from the SxS Pro cards to which the Arri Alexa records after A Quick Format.


By Andrew Currie, 2011/01/03

  • Digital Forensics with Open Source Tools. Syngress. ISBN: 978-159749-586-8.

By Cory Altheide, Harlan Carvey (2011)


By Philippe Richard, 2010/11/29 - PhotoRec has been used to recover confidential data from Cybercafe

By Sean Kearney on 2010/11/21

By Daisuke Tanaka, 2010/11/08

By Julie Pichon, 2010/10/30

By Ariel Torres, 2010/08/20


Nathan Clarke (2010)



TestDisk & PhotoRec have been added to F-Secure Rescue CD 3.11
By Tuukka, 2009/09/22

By Scott Nesbitt, 2009/08/02

By Troy Ingram, 2009/07/12

By Hisham Rana, 2009/04/28

By Janek Thomaschewski, 2009/03/28

By Yuri Carlenzoli, 2009/03/22

By eineki, 2009/03/05

By Fran, 2009/03/12

By foxcarlos, 2009/03/01

By Pierluigi Emmulo, 2009/01/23


By Paolo Smedile, 2009/01/03

EC-Council (2009)


By Jeffrey Friedl, 2008/12/03

By Fiona Meg Riessler, 2008/12/01

By Salvatore Aranzulla, 2008/11/04

By Stephan Wiesend, 2008/09/16

By Paul Salmon, 2008/09/03

Kaspersky Lab, 2008/06/04: After encrypting files, the virus deletes the original but PhotoRec can recover it.

By Abel Cheung, 2008/05/26
The conclusion of this comparative is “scalpel is utterly useless when discovering digital photos, while other 4 tools (foremost, photorec, magicrescue, recoverjpeg) achieve similar degree of recovery, with PhotoRec edging out the other 3.”

By Mike Wojo, 2008/04/13

Source: Il Fornaio, 2008/03/27

By Dale Al Teclado, 2008/02/11

By Carsten Knobloch, 2008/01/10

  • Malware Forensics: Investigating and Analyzing Malicious Code, p. xxviii. Syngress Publishing Inc. ISBN 978-1-59749-268-3.

Cameron H. Malin, Eoghan Casey, James M. Aquilina (2008).

  • Upgrading and Repairing Microsoft Windows, Second Edition, page 685. Pearson Education Inc. ISBN 978-0-7897-3695-6.

Scott Mueller, Brian Knittel (2008).


Author: Kent Brewster

Author: Falko Timme

Source: Make

By: David Pearson
Imagine my horror when I went to process the photos on my memory card only to find that they were gone. And these weren't just any photos, but rather a day's worth of before and after photos of patients (in my real life, I'm a facial plastic surgeon)...

Author: Adrian Crenshaw
This video introduces the concept of data carving/file carving for recovering deleted files, even after a drive has been formatted.

Source: n0id's blog

Source: My PKB's blog

Anyone who has upgraded their digital camera probably has a few older, incompatible media cards lying around — so why not post them on Ebay? Well, if you do, be sure to properly wipe them because the digital voyeurs are watching. Seth Fogie at purchased a bunch of used cards from Ebay and found recoverable data on most of them. Using the freely available PhotoRec application, he was able to extract pictures, movies, and more from apparently formatted cards. The picture is clear — wipe anything that can store digital data before getting rid of it.

  • The best damn cybercrime and digital forensics book period, page 200 and page 373. Syngress. ISBN 978-1-59749-228-7.

Jack Wiles, Kevin Cardwell, Anthony Reyes (2007).

  • The Official CHFI Study Guide (Exam 312-49): for Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator. Syngress. ISBN 978-159749-197-6

By Dave Kleiman, Craig Wright, Jesse "James" Varsalone, Timothy Clinton, Michael Gregg (2007)


Author: Seth Fogie

Author: KaruppuSwamy Thangaraj

Author: Martin Bartoň

By: Shawn Hermans -
Recently I wanted to make sure I had enough space to back up my home digital videos and pictures, so I purchased a new hard drive to add to my home Linux server. I moved all the files I wanted to save onto a single hard drive and repartitioned the old hard drive so I could upgrade to a newer version of Linux. After going through the process of reinstalling the operating system, I mounted the backup hard drive and discovered that it was empty. I had some how mixed up the hard drive I used to back up all the data with a hard drive that I wanted to wipe. Because I had done such a poor job of retaining backups on external media, I did not have any backups of my pictures and videos.

Author: Ionut Ilascu, Softpedia

Author: Jeff Potts

Authot: Ido Perelmutter

Source: CNet

Author: Carlos E. Morimoto

Author: Falkra -





Debra Littlejohn Shinder, Michael Cross (2002).

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