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TestDisk & PhotoRec

If for any reason, you have lost information of any of your disks: either hard drives, memory cards or flash drives, you should try TestDisk & PhotoRec, a free, open source multi-platform application distributed under GNU Public License which is very efficient on retrieving data from those drives.

PhotoRec supports data recovery for the following filesystems:

* FAT,
* EXT2/EXT3 filesystem
* HFS+

You can download PhotoRec and TestDisk from HERE (packages available for: Windows (9x/NT/XP/2000/2003/Vista), Mac OSX, and Linux).

Ubuntu users just have to run the following command in a terminal:
sudo apt-get install testdisk

The, to run it (still in a terminal):
sudo photorec

PhotoRec works with HardDisks, Cdrom, memory card (Compact Flash, Memory Stick, SecureDigital/SD, SmartMedia, Microdrive, MMC...), USB Memory Drives, DD raw image, EnCase E01 image, and also various portable media players including iPod and various digital cameras.