Free Partition Recovery Tool

 Recently I was adding a second drive to my laptop and I was extending the partition on the old drive to use all the space.  During the extending it error ed and I lost the partition.  So I found some tools and tried to recover some of the files.  Well after running the supposedly free tool for about 8 hours it found all the files I wanted to save.  The popped up the warning saying it would only recover a Gigs worth of files.  That was no where what I needed.  So I looked into buying a tool.  After an hour of looking most tool were anywhere from $100 to $500.  Well I didn’t want to spend that much on a tool I would use one time.  I did some more searching and found this tool called TestDisk.  This tool recovered the partition and best of all was free.  So I gave it a shot.  In about 5 minutes I had my files back and the drive was up and running.

The tool it a portable app and it is a command line tool but it works great.  Here are some pic of the interface and a brief from the website it is hosted on.

TestDisk Free Portable Data Recovery

TestDisk is a Free Portable Data Recovery Software tool. The tool was designed to help recover lost partitions and or make non bootable disks bootable again. TeskDisk is particularly useful when a system is not bootable because of a virus, software, or human error (accidentally deleting a Partition Table). This tool can fix a partition table, recover a deleted partition, rebuild or recover NTFS, FAT boot sectors, fix MFT, undelete and or copy files from NTFS, FAT, ext2, ext3 partitions. Backup recovery is also supported.

You must remember I used this on a drive that I killed the partition on.  I didn’t format it or re partition it.  So I can’t say it will work in thoughs situations.  But it worked quickly and recovered the disks partition with out any problems.  So if you find your self needing to recover a partiotion give this app a try.  You can download it at:

If you need to recover deleted files you may want to try Portable Data Recovery also.  This is also a free portable app that recovers deleted files.  You can find this at as well.

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