TestDisk 6.12 Release

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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).

You can download the latest version from https://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download.

General Improvements

fidentify, a little utility sharing PhotoRec signature database, is now build by default. It identifies the type of data contained in a file and reports the extension as seen by PhotoRec. It is similar to the Unix file command. Add compatibility with

  • libewf 20110312
  • ncurses 5.8
  • ntfs-3g

Fix detection of Encase 6 .ewf files


  • Convert the directory name when it can't be created (Fix for Windows/Cygwin version)
  • Better HPA/DCO detection: handle the case where native_max is null.
  • Image Creation is now faster tahn previous version when there are bad sectors
  • List and copy files from exFAT filesystem
  • Improved NTFS undelete interface


  • PhotoRec checks for EFBIG (file too large) error when writing files. It's usefull to avoid erronous message about "no free space available" when recovering to a FAT filesystem.
  • Recover files from exFAT unallocated space
  • Use doc/xls/ppt title to name recovered Office document, use first filename in zip archive...
  • Possibility to add your own extension/custom signature to PhotoRec
  • Generated a report.xml file using Digital Forensics XML
  • New file formats are supported:
    • .1cd Russian Finance 1C:Enterprise 8
    • .ani Windows Animated Cursor
    • .bac Bacula backup
    • .bim Broadcast Interface Module
    • .cdl/cdt/cdd Concept Draw
    • .cow Qemu image
    • .dbn DriftBox
    • .dex Dalvik
    • .dgn Bentley Systems' MicroStation
    • .dmp Oracle dump file
    • .e01,e02... Encase files
    • .emb Wilcom ES
    • .emka EMKA IOX - Pharmacology & toxicology
    • .exe 16 bits windows executable (MZ NE)
    • .freeway Freeway 5 pro
    • .gm6/gmd Game Maker
    • .gp5 Guitar Pro 5 files
    • .icc Color profiles
    • .idf MIDI Instruments Definition File
    • .it Impulse Tracker
    • .jad Java Application Descriptor
    • .jnb SigmaPlot
    • .ly LilyPond
    • .lzo Archive
    • .mdl Mathlab model
    • .mem Mnemosyne
    • .mid MIDI sound file (RIFF format)
    • .myo Mind Your Own Business
    • .nds Nintendo DS Game ROM Image
    • .nsf Lotus Notes
    • .ogm Ogg data/Theora video
    • .p65 Page Maker
    • .pbm/pgm/ppm Netpbm
    • .pgp Pretty Good Privacy
    • .psf Print Shop
    • .pzf GraphPrism 4
    • .pzh Presto
    • .qbb Quickbook
    • .qgs Quantum GIS
    • .qkt Apple QuickTake 100
    • .qpw Quattro Pro spreadsheet
    • .r3d RED camera videos
    • .rfp RoboForm
    • .sldprt SolidWorks
    • .smil Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language
    • .sparseimage Filevault
    • .sql phpMyAdmin, MySQL and postgreSQL dumps
    • .svg Scalable Vector Graphics
    • .tib Acronis
    • .tod MPEG files
    • .torrent BitTorrent files
    • .url Windows Internet Shortcut .url
    • .vb Visual Basic
    • .vdi Virtual desktop infrastructure 1.1
    • .vfb FontLab
    • .xmp Adobe's Extensible Metadata Platform
    • .xrns Extended Renoise song
    • .xoj Xournal
    • .xpi Mozilla Cross-Platform Install
    • .wdp JPEG XR
    • .wtv Windows Media Center TV

Link to TestDisk & PhotoRec 6.11 release notes