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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. As long as the file data is there, it will find it. It works on any file system, but on very fragmented file systems it can only recover the first chunk of each file. These chunks can be as big as 50MB, however.


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Download version 1.1.4 (beta)
released on 15 August 2004


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GPLv2orlaterJanet Casey5 March 2004

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Jonas Jensen Maintainer

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This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 19 May 2005.


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