TestDisk 6.8 Release

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August 13th, 2007
TestDisk is a powerful free data recovery program! It was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses or human error (such as accidentally deleting your Partition Table).

PhotoRec is a File Recovery program designed to recover lost files; including video, documents and archives from Hard Disks, CDRom and lost pictures from digital camera memory (thus, its Photo Recovery name). PhotoRec ignores the filesystem and goes after the underlying data, so it can still find files even if your media's filesystem has been severely damaged or re-formatted (overwritten data, of course, can not be recovered).

Version 6.8 is mainly a bugfix. You can download the latest version from http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download.

General Improvements

Some small improvements have been made to both TestDisk and PhotoRec:

  • Partition type is autodetected.
  • TestDisk and PhotoRec can now be used under GNU screen, the screen manager with VT100/ANSI terminal emulation. Typically, a screen can be shared by an end-user under Linux, Mac or another Unix and a remote data recovery specialist connected via SSH. It's also possible to disconnect while keeping a long recovery (ie PhotoRec) session running.
  • Disk geometry under Mac has been corrected (Version 6.7 affected)

TestDisk

  • HFS partition detection has been improved to avoid false positive
  • Log potential NTFS partition location from MFT & MFTMirr location while rebuilding NTFS boot sector

PhotoRec

  • Some important bugfixes (false positive problem, implementation bugs) have been made in PhotoRec 6.8.
  • JPG bruteforce recovery has been improved a little bit, you can use it to recover more fragmented jpeg but it's very time consuming and not 100% reliable, so it's still disabled by default.
  • .7z, .cab, .rar and .tar recovery have been improved.
  • .dta and .spss file formats (statistical analysis file format) have been added.


Link to TestDisk & PhotoRec 6.7 release notes