safecopy – data recovery tool

Safecopy is a data recovery tool which tries to extract as much data as possible from a seekable, but problematic (i.e. damaged sectors) source. The source includes removable media (such as CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray) and hard disk partitions. The software will resort to device specific low level operations if necessary.

This software has the advantage that the recovery continues even when I/O errors would stop other tools from continuing.

Normal copy tools like cat, cp or dd do not allow creation of an image file from a disk or media device once the reading of a sector has failed.

Features include:

  • Provides more readable output than other recovery tools.
  • Resurrect a file from a mounted but damaged media, that copy will fail on.
  • Create a filesystem image of a damaged disk or media.
  • Resurrect data as thoroughly or quickly as possible, or a combination.
  • Resume data rescue operation at a later date with, or without, badblocks output.
  • Find corrupted files on a partially successful rescued file system.
  • Combine two partial images of rescued data without the actual (damaged) source data.
  • Generic hardware access.
  • Specify block and skip sizes.
  • Incremental data rescuing.
  • Supports RAW access.

Support: SourceForge
Developer: Corvus Corax
License: GNU GPL v2

Safecopy is written in C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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