Ever deleted a file you needed permanently on your Linux machine and moaned over it? Well, then you can stop moaning. Foremost is exactly what you are looking for. A file recovery software for Linux. It can recover files from a number of file systems, including FAT, ext3/4 and NTFS. It uses a technique commonly referred to as data carving.
The software was originally developed as a forensic tool by Air Force Office of Special Investigations and The Center for Information Systems Security Studies and Research. That makes it all the more geeky !! Doesn’t it ??!!
Foremost is available in the software repositories of major distributions like Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora and Open Suse.
In Ubuntu use :
sudo apt-get install foremost
In Fedora use :
yum install foremost
In Suse use :
zypper in foremost
You can also compile from source.
The command format is as follows:
foremost <options if any> -i <input> -o <output>
Input can be the hard-disk file name like /dev/sda5 or an image file of the disk to recover files from. The device file names can be found out from gnome disk utility software. Output is the folder into which you want to recover files to. The two major options are
-w to get an audit of recoverable files and
to specify filetype to be recovered. Filetype can take the values jpg, gif, png, bmp, avi, exe, mpg, wav, riff, wmv, mov, pdf, ole, doc, zip, rar, htm, or cpp.
A sample command will look like this :
foremost -t pdf -i /dev/sda5 -o ~/recovered
Remember that the command is to be run as root. Hence the recovered files will be owned by root. You can always change ownership using the
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