extcarve - ext2,ext3,ext4 file carving tool

Jidong Xiao jidong.xiao at gmail.com
Tue Jun 14 05:19:29 UTC 2011

On Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 2:56 AM, Lakshmipathi.G
<lakshmipathi.g at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi -
> Updated my old project named "ext3carve" and renamed it as "extcarve" . It
> uses libext2fs. (To be precise,re-uses on 'debugfs' command's "dump_unused"
> feature)
> In summary,the tool will do the following -   It will scan the linux machine
> ,for unused/deleted blocks and search for magic signatures. If it finds
> valid signature (both header and footer) It saves the file at given external
> drive.
> Now it can recover- non-fragmented (like png,jpg,gif,html,c/cpp/php,pdf
> files) deleted files.One main advantage is that it opens the affected
> partitions on read-only mode,thus no changes made to affected disk.Disk
> remains the same - regardless of whether extcarve recovers them or not.
> Simply usage would be -
> 1. Copy extcarve binary to Pen drive.
> 2. Plug-in the pen-drive to affected system.(the system from where you want
> to recover files)
> 3.Attach an external harddrive to affected system so that recovered files
> will be stored on external hdd.
> 3. Run the extcarve from within pendrive - Provide affected drive as input
> and external drive as output directory.
> Checkout recovered files at external hdd.
> Download url - www.giis.co.in/giis
> Any feedbacks/comments are welcome.

What are the pros and cons when compared to ext3grep and extundelete?

In addition, what is the Pen drive? I mean, since we need to attach an
external harddrive, why don't we run the command within the harddrive?


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