Apps to fix disks and recover data in Linux – Part I

Apps to fix disks and recover data in Linux - Part I

Apps to fix disks and recover data in Linux – Part I

In the year 2024, for many in the IT area, it is a fairly clear fact that, when it comes to carrying out diagnostics and recovery of disks and data (information) in an advanced or professional way, many of the best available and known tools are from the commercial, proprietary and closed field. However, that does not mean that there are no valuable and useful free and open source software tools available for use from or on any GNU/Linux Distribution.

And since, self-taught or professionally, many of Linux users tend to be people with a higher average computer knowledge As Windows users, it is always useful to know and know how to use the most basic software tools to achieve this goal. So that each one, in the first instance, can carry out this simple and important task of «check and fix disks and recover data on any GNU/Linux operating system».

SystemRescue: New version 8.0 available from March 2021

SystemRescue: New version 8.0 available from March 2021

But, before starting to comment on each of the most basic software tools to achieve «check and fix disks and recover data on any GNU/Linux operating system», we recommend you explore a previous related post with this same theme, at the end of it:

SystemRescue: New version 8.0 available from March 2021
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SystemRescue: New version 8.0 available from March 2021

Essential apps to fix disks and recover data in GNU/Linux

Essential GUI apps to fix disks and recover data on Linux

Many of the essential or basic apps that exist available for the many GNU/Linux distributions for daily use, or technical use (for example, RescaTux, SystemRescue y GParted Live) usually come already installed by default in them or within their repositories. Hence, It is ideal to know what they are and how they work. or important options to have them at the right and necessary time.

GParted

GParted

Of all the tools known and available, GParted It is, without a doubt, the most universal and used of all. And this is because it is a very efficient and effective free partition editor that allows us to graphically manage the partitions of your disk. Therefore, with it we can resize, copy and move partitions without data loss, on disks with native Windows, macOS and GNU/Linux file systems, among others. And the best of all is that it can be used from a Live ISO, which allows us to use it directly to easily achieve this objective on any computer and operating system.

In more detail, it is important to note that, With this tool we can perform vital actions on disks/partitions such as: create or delete, resize or move, control, tag, set new UUID, copy and paste. While, at the file system level, the following can be managed: Btrfs, Exfat, Ext2/Ext3/Ext4, Fat16/Fat32, Hfs/Hfs+, Swap, Lvm2, pv, nilfs2, NTFS, Reiserfs/Reiser4, udf, ufs and xfs. And finally, when you have installed the GPart package, is capable of searching for lost partitions on disks and USB devices in order to try to recover data from them.

All about GParted Live and what's new in version 1.4.0-6
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All about GParted Live and what's new in version 1.4.0-6

GNOME Disks

GNOME Disks

It is a native tool of the GNOME Desktop Environment, GNOME Disks It is very portable. That is, it is capable of running on other Desktop Environments (DE) and many Window Managers (WM). Therefore, it is often used very frequently for these technical tasks of diagnosing and repairing disks and storage units. AND It is basically a disk management utility which provides a simple way to inspect, format, partition and configure disks and block devices. Additionally, it is capable of viewing SMART data, managing devices, performing disk performance tests, and creating USB device images. As long as it works in combination with the SmartMonTools package.

However, for those who are more inclined to use tools from the KDE project on Plasma or other DE/WM There is a similar app called KDE Partition Manager. And with both, anyone can easily partition and format disks, create and restore disk images, or monitor their speed and health status.

GNOME Disk: A useful partition manager for GNU/Linux
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GNOME Disk: A useful partition manager for GNU/Linux

KDiskMark

KDiskMark

KDiskMark is a simple open source utility for GNU/Linux Distributions, which works like a HDD and SSD benchmarking tool. That is, it works as a tool capable of running performance tests on the disks to be examined. In addition, it has a very friendly graphical user interface.

And thanks to its presets and its powerful GUI that makes use of Flexible I/O Tester is capable of providing a result on the screen that is easy to see and interpret in order to achieve know the performance status (data read and write speeds) thereof. The application is written in C++ with Qt and has no KDE dependencies.

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Rescatux always at the rescue of your system

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Summary

In summary, we hope that if you are a novice, beginner or basic user of free and open operating systems based on GNU/Linux, this publication is a great starting point for those moments of technological importance in which you require, for personal purposes or for third parties, having to «check and fix disks and recover data on any GNU/Linux operating system». And if you know of any other GUI software tool for this objective, we invite you to mention it via comments, for the benefit of everyone, and thus continue contributing with the dissemination and massification of everything related to the Linuxverse.

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