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TestDisk v7.1

billon on 9 Jul 2019
  • 28MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 7 Jul 2019
  • Suggested by AlephX

TestDisk is a powerful drive and data recovery software that is designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again. This can be caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses, or of course human error (such as accidentally deleting your partition table).

The program is cross-platform with recovery tools for a long list file systems and includes the also-portable recovery software PhotoRec.

Note: Use with caution; it's recommended that you read the documentation and take your time. The software can easily made dramatic and difficult-to-reverse system modifications.

Runs on: WinAll
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? No
License: GNU GPLv2
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch testdisk_win.exe.
What's new? See:
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webfork on 2015-12-30 00:36

shnbwmn: The documentation on the website gives an effective breakdown:

webfork on 2019-06-29 22:21

@juverax: given the nature of the program, I think I'd prefer to list non-beta tools in the entry, as they are presumably the most reliable. Still, good to see they're still making progress. I love this program.

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Disk2vhd v2.01

Checker on 20 Jan 2015
  • 7MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 21 Jan 2014
  • Suggested by guinness

Disk2vhd is a utility that can create live "snapshots" of Windows volumes, allowing you to duplicate/backup systems while running. The program creates Virtual Hard Disk files (.VHD, Microsoft's Virtual Machine disk format) from physical disks and can be used in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs).

The program uses Windows' own Volume Snapshot capability added starting with WinXP to create consistent point-in-time snapshots of the volumes you want to include in a conversion. You can even have Disk2vhd create the VHDs on local volumes, even ones being converted (though performance is better when the VHD is saved to a different disk than ones being converted).

Runs on: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder, and a single registry key as with all Sysinternal applications.
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Stealth: ? No
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch disk2vhd.exe.
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Checker on 2014-07-06 10:37

@ Midas: Thanks ... and updated ;)

Hawk on 2014-07-09 12:27

Wrong download link. This is the correct:

Midas on 2014-07-09 13:33

It was -- it's unusual for MS to have a case sensitive path. Changed.

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PartitionRecovery v1.0

Andrew Lee on 12 Feb 2013
  • 375KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by AlephX

PartitionRecovery is an application to recover the partitions which have been accidentally deleted. It works with FAT32 and NTFS partitions.

Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista
Writes settings to: none
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch it by double-clicking on PartitionRecovery.exe.
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linuxamp on 2007-11-30 21:21

Not much help if you're trying to recover your unbootable Windows partition unless you have another Windows PC from which to run this Windows app.

Marc on 2007-12-02 01:05

The Tools doesn't work. It generates a C++ error and the author doesn't react on emails

NuLL on 2008-08-22 15:04

@ linuxamp
Or a Live XP boot cd, like Bart PE.

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CD Recover

webfork on 1 Mar 2017
  • 40KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by AlephX

CD Recover is a copy program that will skip parts of a given file it cannot read without aborting. This is important for recovering corrupt video data from CDs. It can be configured to skip a certain number of kbytes on read error, or to keep on trying until the read succeeds.

Runs on: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista
Writes settings to: None
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the single EXE to a folder of your choice. Launch the program by double-clicking cdcopy.exe.
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Pedro Reyes on 2008-09-18 00:34

Link Broken

HomerJ on 2008-09-29 07:40

Downloadlink still broken.

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