extcarve - ext2,ext3,ext4 file carving tool

Lakshmipathi.G lakshmipathi.g at gmail.com
Tue Jun 14 07:18:13 UTC 2011

> extcarve, fails to recover any of my files, it is keeping print
> messages like this:
> no header found.at all
> Searching Unused block 415494 which contains non-zero data:
> no header found.at all
> Searching Unused block 415495 which contains non-zero data:
> I saw almost a million of such lines.

It will scan for unused/deleted blocks (415494, 415495 etc). While scanning
It throws out such  output  messages.
When I finds valid header+footer it saves them on external drive. As of now,
extcarve can recover  only limited non-fragmented files of type
png,jpg,gif,html,c/cpp/php,pdf .(recoverd filename will begin with

current version of tool ,will not recover a partial files - It needs to be
find both header and footer.

extcarve it still running or completed ?   If its completed and didn't
recover any files ,then possible reason would be -
1).Deleted files are fragmented,so extcarve can't find footer.
2).Deleted files doesn't belong to currently supported file types.
3).Or simply extcarve has a bug,that needs to fixed. :P

FOSS Programmer.
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