Magic Rescue

NOTE: this project is no longer maintained, and some of the functionality is likely to be broken at this point since it relies on external tools that continue to evolve and change their interface.

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. Practical experience (this program was not written for fun) shows, however, that chunks of 30-50MB are not uncommon.

Copyright 2004-2010 Jonas Jensen