Unlike Windows, Linux uses extended (ext4, ext3, ext2) filesystem to control how data is stored and retrieved. Latest versions of Linux mostly use Ext4 filesystem which is the successor to Ext3. Mechanism of data recovery from Windows is quite a different form data recovery from Linux because of difference in their filesystem. To recover deleted or lost data from ext4 volume follow this tutorial. Ext4 partition recovery Software helps you to recover Linux partition of ext4, ext3, ext2, exFAT32, exFAT16, exFAT12, and exFAT file system volumes.
What can you recover from extended partition (ext4, ext3, ext2)?
- Retrieve lost data from ext4 HDD volumes, USB drives, and other Linux storage media.
- Recover lost data from CD/DVDs.
- Recover deleted data from every types for hard drives, like IDE, EIDE, SATA, and SCSI.
- Perform raw recovery of data from Linux volumes based on signature.
- Photo Recovery for Linux to recover deleted or lost photos from Linux, HDD, SD card, damaged CD/DVDs, etc. This is exactly same as Photo recovery for Windows.
Data loss in a Linux system can happen due to many reasons like software failures, read-write interrupt, storage media failures, sudden power outage during critical hard disk operation, corrupt filesystem, accidently formatted volume, rm -rf command, etc. Regardless of any of the reason your data is lost from the ext4 or ext3 partitioned volume, you can always bring those deleted data back using Stellar Phoenix Linux Data Recovery. This is the best data recovery software for Linux partition till date. A number of scans are performed on the storage media to look for the lost or inaccessible data.
There are two recovery mode: Quick Recovery and Advance Recovery.
Quick Recovery carries out the standard scan on Linux volumes and looks for the recently made changes in the hard drive. It takes less time as compared to advance recovery on Linux. Every deleted or lost files are shown once the scan is completed.
Advance Recovery carries out more deep scanning looking for hidden sectors in the hard disk to find out the hidden deleted files and folders. This scan may take some time but it is totally worth it as it can surely retrieve deleted files and folder from the system.
Photo Recovery from Linux file system
A dedicated Photo Recovery module has been developed for both Linux and Windows in order to recover all the deleted media files such as photos, videos, and audios from any specific volume or storage media type. You can add and edit your own file types for the item to be searched specifically. Linux Data Recovery process is carried out in two phases. At first, the scan information is saved as in image (.img) file to any selected location on the hard drive. The image file can be used to resume the scanning process in future if needed. In the second phase, list of all the delete files are displayed and you are given with option to save these files as individual, or compressed zip folder.
How does Linux data recovery work?
Any data that is present on your physical hard drive is actually accessed by memory pointers. When we delete some data, the memory pointers are deleted. Data recovery software locates back your data using memory pointers and it becomes usable again.
However, recovery of deleted data doesn’t work when the data is overwritten by a new data. It is because now memory pointers are pointing to new data and have reference to only with them.
Advance features of Stellar Phoenix Linux Data Recovery
Deleted File Recovery in Linux
Recover accidentally/intentionally deleted photos, videos, audios, documents or other files from linux portioned hard drive volumes, SD card, CD/DVDs, pen drives, and other Linux based storage drive. Linux file data recovery recovers data from all kinds of extended partition like ext4, ext3, ext2, exFAT, exFAT16, and exFAT32.
For volumes based on FAT file system, there are two scanning modules: Quick Scan and Deep Scan. Deep scan looks for the hidden sectors in your hard drive to retrieve deleted data from Linux volumes. Although deep scan takes relatively longer time that quick scan, it is worth it.
Scan the formerly saved volume image using Quick Recovery method to recover lost data from ext4 or another filesystem. This method is relatively faster but only works for previously created image of volume and not for hard disk itself. So, if you want to recover deleted or lost data from hard drive image you can use this feature.
Advance recovery for Linux carries out the substantial search in the sectors of the hard drive to recover all the lost or inaccessible data from the volume or from the image file of the volume. Advance recovery is slower than the Quick recovery but it increases the probability of recovering all the deleted data back. Advance recovery takes one image or volume at a time to perform search operation.
Deleted or Lost Volume Recovery
Recovery of Linux partition is carried out by an extensive search to look for completely deleted or lost Linux volumes based on filesystem like FAT, exFAT, ext4, ext3, and ext2. After finding the specific volume you can use any of the methods (Quick, Advance or Deleted File Recovery) to recover Linux partition in Windows and then restore all the important documents, photos, videos, audios, and other media files. You can even recover data from inaccessible volumes.
Recovery from CD and DVD
Recover all the data from optical discs, damaged CDs, corrupt or inaccessible optical disks regardless of platform they were burnt on. This feature is platform independent i.e. recover data from CD/DVDs that are burnt on Linux, Windows or Mac.
User Defined File Type Scanning
If you know what you are looking for during the deleted file/folder search operation then you can simply customize your search operation by allowing it to look for specific file types like .jpg, .mp4, etc. You can either add new files to the search list or remove the predefined file type from the list.
Photo Recovery from Linux
We all know the importance of Photos in our life. They carry the memories which may never return to us again. That’s why there is a dedicated Photo Recovery feature in Linux which works just like photo recovery in Windows. With photo recovery from Linux, you can extract out all the deleted photos from any filesystem-based Linux volume. Recover deleted photos from all types of Camera like Sony, Canon, Nikon, and others. You can even restore all the deleted photos from all types of SD card.
Limit the Search Result
Software has inbuilt Mask feature which limit the visibility of number of files in the search result based on your choice. After the completion of scanning procedure, you can use Mask option to create a new tree containing only the file types that you require.
Linux partition recovery tool lets you save the scan information as an image file and resume the recovery process later from that saved image file anytime you want. This utility is useful when you don’t have time to wait for complete scanning so you save it for later.
Restore the Recovered File
After the scanning process has been completed you can save the recovered deleted or lost file at any location in your PC. Be it particular volume or default path. The software allows you to save the recovered file on your physical disk or any FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server.
Compress the Recovered File
Save the recovered file as a compressed zip folder using Linux Partition Recovery software. You can either select an individual file or bunch of files to achieve them as a zip. This feature is only available if your saving the recovered file on local disk and not on FTP.
Preview of Deleted Files
The scan results shows the preview of all the deleted photos, videos, audios, and files. This feature is helpful to recognize the files that you want to recover. You can view the thumbnail and decide which files you need to recover. This saves a lot of time when you exactly know what you are looking for.
Create Image of the Disk
Linux volume recovery software has additional feature and that is: It lets you create image file of current volume and save it on the hard drive. This feature is important because it is easy to extract data from an image file. In case, your actual Linux partition or volume gets corrupted you can use the saved image file to retrieve them back.
Clone the Hard Drive
Linux Data Recovery toolkit comes with loads of feature, one of them is Drive cloning. Create exact bit-by-bit replica of your hard drive or selected partition as an image file which can be restored to other hard drive in case of original hard failure.
Inbuilt SMART feature in the data recovery software keeps track and monitors the critical operations on the hard disk. In case of any drive failure it gives warning message to the user. This feature protects the user’s data from unexpected drive failure by giving warning prior to such phenomena.
- Processor: Pentium class and above
- Operating System: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP, and Vistas
- Memory: 512 MB, but recommended minimum of 1 GB
- Hard Disk Space: Minimum of 50 MB of free space
- Product Name: Stellar Phoenix Linux Data Recovery Software
- Version: 5.0
- Version Launch: June, 2015