Photorec 6.5 review

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PhotoRec is a small tool to recover pictures from digital camera memory

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
File size: 1126K
Developer: Christophe Grenier
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PhotoRec is a small tool to recover pictures from digital camera memory. Photorec software searches for MOV and JPEG headers, and because there is (usually) no data fragmentation, it can recover the whole file.

It can recover data from CompactFlash, Memory Stick, SecureDigital, SmartMedia, Microdrive, MMC, USB Memory Drives...

PhotoRec is safe to use, it will never attempt to write to the drive or memory support you are about to recover from. Recovered files are instead written in the directory from where you are running the PhotoRec program.

Photorec ignores the filesystem, this way it works even if the filesystem is severely damaged.

It can recover lost files at least from:

EXT2/EXT3 filesystem

Digital Camera

PhotoRec has been successfully tested with:

Canon EOS300D, 10D
HP PhotoSmart 620, 850, 935
Nikon CoolPix 775, 5700
Olympus C350N, C860L, Mju 400 Digital, Stylus 300
Sony DSC-P9
Praktica DCZ-3.4
Casio Exilim EX-Z 750

PhotoRec searchs known file header and because there is no data fragmentation (usually), it can recover the whole file. Photorec recognises numerous file format including:

.7z 7zip archive file
.bz2 bzip2 compressed data
.gz gzip compressed data
.rar Rar archive
.tar tar archive
.zip zip archive
.asf, .wma, .wmv: Advanced Streaming Format used for Audio/Video
.au Sun/NeXT audio data
.avi .wav RIFF audio/video
.bmp BMP bitmap image
.cdr Corel Draw
.crw Canon Raw picture
.ctg Canon catalog
.dcr Kodak Raw picture
.dsc Nikon dsc
.fla Flash Project File
.gif Graphic Interchange Format
.jng JPEG Network Graphics
.jpg JPG picture
.mng Multiple-Image Network Graphics
.mov MOV video
.mp3 MPEG ADTS, layer III, v1 audio
.mp4 MPEG 4
.mpg Moving Picture Experts Group video
.mrw Minolta Raw picture
.ogg OGG Vorbis audio
.orf Olympus Raw Format picture
.pcx PCX file format
.pef Pentax Raw picture
.png Portable Network Graphics
.psd Adobe Photoshop Image
.qxd QuarkXpress Document
.qxp QuarkXpress Document
.raf Raw Fujifilm picture
.raw Contax picture
.rdc Rollei picture
.sit Mikron
.sr2 Sony Raw picture
.tif Tag Image File Format
.x3f Sigma/Foveon X3 raw picture
.xcf GIMP XCF File

.doc Microsoft Word
.mbd Access database
.odd OpenDocument Drawing
.odp OpenDocument Presentation
.ods OpenDocument Spreadsheet
.odt OpenDocument Text
.pap Papyrus word file
.ppt PowerPoint presentation
.rtf Rich Text Format
.sda StarDraw
.sdc StarCalc
.sdd StarImpress
.sdw StarWriter
.slk Sylk, Multiplan Symbolic Link Interchange
.sxc OpenOffice Spreadsheet
.sxd OpenOffice Drawing
.sxi OpenOffice Presentation
.sxw OpenOffice Text Document
.txt Text file
.vis Visio document
.xls Microsoft Excel

.asp ASP script
.bat Batch
.c C source file
.dbf DBase 3 (prone to false positive)
.dbx Outlook Express
.eps Encasulated PostScript
.exe MS executable
.frm MySQL table definition
.h C header
.html HTML
.jsp JSP script
.MYI MySQL MISAM compressed data
.pdf Portable Document Format
.php PHP script
.pl Perl script
.prc PalmOS application
.ps PostScript document
.pst Outlook
.py Python script
.qdf Quicken
.sh Shell script
.wab Windows Address Book

What's New in This Release:
New file formats have been added
AppleWorks .cwk
DIF Digital Video .dv
DjVu .djv
Finale .mus
Incredimail .imm, .imb
iTunes mhbd
MIDI .mid
MS Backup
Real Media .rm & .ram
Reason .rns
ruby .rb

File size detection for .bmp, .pdf, .gif, Office document has been improved.
A endless loop bug and a memory leak have been fixed.
The I/O cache engine now caches read failure, it will speedup some recovery.

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