The Magic Rescue recovery utility saves corrupt or deleted files by reading a Magic Rescue uses its collection of recipes to recognize the magic bytes in all. /usr/share/magicrescue/recipes/ is in magicrescue This file is owned by /usr/share/magicrescue/recipes/avi, text/plain, root:root, 0o, bytes. Feb 14, Most people, though, will probably either use the recipes installed with Magic Rescue in /usr/share/magicrescue/recipes, or search the Internet.

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Magic Rescue works on filesystems so you might need to run fdisk -l to see a list of devices Figure 2. Other recipes are more heavily commented. It is mostly used by the file command, often behind the scenes.

Most applications identify the data type from the magic number to decide if they can even open the file or support its file type, something that works despite the filename extension. By contrast, with -iothe names of both the recovered file and the output file are shown. If a backup tool is missing, only a rescue specialist can help.

If it finds matches, it recipew the relevant sector and its continuing sectors to another storage media and reconstructs the files. When the output is -ieach recovered file’s name displays, whereas when the output is -othe output file’s name displays.

Use fdisk to check the names of your filesystems before using Magic Rescue. You can copy the operations and parameters from other recipes, adapting them to your own purposes. Notice that magicreescue recovery often concludes with a note that an error has been reported Figure 4but on some devices, that may only denote the end of file.

The IPython Notebook environment offers much more than just the interactive execution of Python instructions. However, the option only works for the recipe immediately after it, so you can reduce the chances of missing files by running different blocksizes for the same recipe.


It can seamlessly integrate documents, programs, and tools with ease. Running Magic Rescue can recipws several minutes — or even longer if you are recovering graphics files, especially on a filesystem that contains a web browser.

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Armed with just standard Linux tools, users can recipws files, resurrect partitions, and rescue damaged media. Clever Linux tools come to the rescue to help you get this information. If you need a recipe not included with Magic Rescue, you can create your own, although it takes a certain amount of knowledge of Linux and some ingenuity to reecipes existing recipes for your purposes.

We ask Knoppix creator Klaus Knopper for his favorite Knoppix rescue tricks. Usually, the file extension is mentioned. However, man pages are available online from Ubuntu [2] [3]. Magic Rescue uses its collection of recipes to recognize the magic magirescue in all deleted files of a particular type then saves deleted files to an output directory where they can be sorted.

When Magic Rescue completes its run, you can sort the results in the output directory.

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For example, when a file is recognized as a compressed ZIP file, the recipe runs the dd command to create a copy of the file. Magic Rescue extracts so-called “recipes” from the file format types that serve as templates and parameters for command entries in the terminal.

The directory should not be on the filesystem from which Magic Rescue is trying to extract files, because the result can be an infinite loop as Magic Rescue continually finds an output file and creates a duplicate of it.

If it is not, then you can use a hex editor to find it Figure 1. Unlike many conventional tools, Magic Rescue [1] doesn’t depend on the mapping tables of the filesystem to do its work. In fact, it’s so reliable that it continues to be carried by most major distributions despite the fact that it has been unmaintained for several years.


The recipe’s file name should be enough to identify it, but the output directory requires a full path if it is not in. Because recipes are simple text magicrsscue, you can create new ones with a simple text editor Figure 1. After the two commands are run, the output directory contains only unique files. If the file is identified as either type, it is renamed with the appropriate extension.

Dupemap creates a database of checksums, which you can then use to eliminate duplicates using the command structure:. The newest version 4. The software reads all sectors of a block device and compares the data with the magic numbers of the searched file types.

If magicrscue accidentally delete data or format a disk, good advice can be expensive. Both dupemap and magicsort can be used without Magic Rescue, but the Debian packages do not include a man page. Recovering files with Magic Rescue The Magic Rescue recovery utility saves corrupt or deleted files by reading a file’s magic number. Reconstructing files with Magic Rescue. Magic Rescue can get your data back. Magic Numbers Unlike many conventional tools, Magic Rescue [1] doesn’t depend on the mapping tables of the filesystem to do its work.

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Although you can manually sort the results, an easy first step is to run dupemapa utility that accompanies Magic Rescue. You might also want to try running Magic Rescue on a damaged filesystem, which may not display. Magic Rescue works by reading a file’s magic bytes or magic pattern — that is, the unique signature that designates each file type.

This option gives you results faster but also gives fewer results. With this information, you are ready to run Magic Rescue.