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Magic Rescue

Magic Rescue scans a block device for file types it knows how to recover and calls an external program to extract them. It looks at "magic bytes" in file contents, so it can be used both as an undelete utility and for recovering a corrupted drive or partition. It works on any file system, but on very fragmented file systems it can only recover the first chunk of each file. These chunks are sometimes as big as 50MB, however.

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Recent releases

  •  12 Apr 2010 18:25

    Release Notes: This release adds support for recovering RAR archives.

    •  04 Nov 2009 15:33

      Release Notes: This release adds support for extraction of mbox files, and fixes bugs affecting .avi format and source code extraction on some systems.

      •  04 Sep 2009 17:52

        Release Notes: Extraction of zip files now works with the latest version of Zip and supports the latest file formats.

        •  15 Feb 2009 23:15

          Release Notes: Two new recipes were added, enabling extraction of Nikon raw files (NEF format) and 8-bit PPM files larger than 1000x1000 pixels.

          •  17 Jan 2008 13:43

            Release Notes: Support for recognizing Flac files and Canon CR2 RAW files was added. The configure script was fixed for compatibility with Debian-based Linuxes.


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