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What popular and tried data recovery options are there?

I know of these (none of which have GUIs afaik):

  • foremost - Forensics application to recover data
  • scalpel - A Frugal, High Performance File Carver
  • ext3grep - Tool to help recover deleted files on ext3 filesystems
  • e2undel - Undelete utility for the ext2 file system

Do you know of any that have desktop frontends? It's a tool you don't get to use much, reading manuals and searching for correct flags is not efficient.

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I've had excellent results with TestDisk. No gui, but the next best thing ... console menus! And an excellent wiki for use cases.

Many an accidentally deleted thumbdrive has been rescued.

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+1 for mentioning a program I almost forgot about! Thanks for remembering me! –  wzzrd Jun 15 '09 at 14:04

I don't think you'll find GUI frontends for these. Ext3grep is your best option for recovering files though: I used it for the first time a couple of weeks ago and was easily[1] able to recover all the pictures I had deleted.

Compared to a couple of years back, ext3grep has made life a lot easier. It takes some time, but it does the job and does it pretty well.

[1] Easily is relative to what it used to be, before ext3grep.

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Not exactly for Unix file systems (it does not depend on file systems at all) but I can recommend PhotoRec. You'll probably find it in testdisk package

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