safecopy - data recovery tool for problematic or damaged media

Distribution: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus)
Repository: Ubuntu Universe i386
Package name: safecopy
Package version: 1.7
Package release: 1
Package architecture: i386
Package type: deb
Installed size: 126 B
Download size: 48.90 KB
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Safecopy tries to get as much data from SOURCE as possible, even resorting to device specific low level operations if applicable. This is achieved by identifying problematic or damaged areas, skipping over them and continuing reading afterwards. The corresponding area in the destination file is either skipped (on initial creation that means padded with zeros) or deliberately filled with a recognizable pattern to later find affected files on a corrupted device. The work is similar to ddrescue, generating an image of the original media. This media can be floppy disks, harddisk partitions, CDs, DVDs, tape devices, where other tools like dd would fail due to I/O errors. Safecopy uses an incremental algorithm to identify the exact beginning and end of bad areas, allowing the user to trade minimum accesses to bad areas for thorough data resurrection. Multiple passes over the same file are possible, to first retrieve as much data from a device as possible with minimum harm, and then trying to retrieve some of the remaining data with increasingly aggressive read attempts. Safecopy includes a low level I/O layer to read CDROM disks in raw mode, and issue device resets and other helpful low level operations on a number of other device classes. Safecopy is useful in forensics investigations and disaster recovery.




    Binary package: safecopy_1.7-1_i386.deb
    Source package: safecopy

    Install Howto

    1. Update the package index:
      # sudo apt-get update
    2. Install safecopy deb package:
      # sudo apt-get install safecopy


    • /usr/bin/safecopy
    • /usr/share/doc/safecopy/README.Debian
    • /usr/share/doc/safecopy/README.gz
    • /usr/share/doc/safecopy/changelog.Debian.gz
    • /usr/share/doc/safecopy/copyright
    • /usr/share/doc/safecopy/specification.txt.gz
    • /usr/share/man/man1/safecopy.1.gz


    2015-06-25 - Joao Eriberto Mota Filho <> safecopy (1.7-1) unstable; urgency=medium * New upstream release. (Closes: #718732, LP: #1148388) * New co-maintainer. * Migrations: - debian/changelog to 1.0 format. - DebSrc to 3.0 format. - DH level to 9. - Using dh-autoreconf. * Removed the manpage from debian/ because the upstream is providing an updated manpage. * Removed the direct changes in upstream source code. No patch needed because the upstream fixed the code. Thanks! * debian/control: - Bumped Standards-Version to 3.9.6. - Improved the short and long descriptions. - Updated the Vcs-* fields. * debian/copyright: full updated. * debian/patches/fix-manpage: created to fix some issues in manpage. * debian/README.Debian: added to list some documentation places. * debian/rules: - Added DEB_BUILD_MAINT_OPTIONS to improve the GCC hardening. - Removed some unnecessary lines. * debian/ - Renamed to docs. - Added the specification.txt file. * debian/source.lintian-overrides: removed. Using 'Team upload' now. * debian/watch: fixed and improved.

    2009-11-05 - Michael Prokop <> safecopy (1.6-1) unstable; urgency=low [ Christophe Monniez ] * Merging upstream version 1.6.

    2009-09-25 - Michael Prokop <> safecopy (1.5-1) unstable; urgency=low [ Daniel Baumann ] * Minimizing rules file. * Adding stuff in rules that doesn't get done by dh automatically. [ Christophe Monniez ] * Merging upstream version 1.5. * Filling out the man page (Closes: #541339). [ Michael Prokop ] * Update to Standards-Version 3.8.3 (no further changes). * Update VCS-* headers (moved to alioth). * Bump build dependency on debhelper to >= 7.0.50~.

    2009-07-09 - Daniel Baumann <> safecopy (1.3-2) unstable; urgency=low * Updating package to standards version 3.8.2. * Adding lintian overrides.

    2009-05-28 - Daniel Baumann <> safecopy (1.3-1) unstable; urgency=low * Merging upstream version 1.3.

    2009-05-28 - Daniel Baumann <> safecopy (0.2-2) unstable; urgency=low * Adding myself to copyright. * Improving description, thanks to Loic Minier <> (Closes: #520096, #520208). * Tidy rules file. * Updating to standards 3.8.1.

    2009-01-20 - Daniel Baumann <> safecopy (0.2-1) unstable; urgency=low [ Juan Angulo Moreno ] * Initial release (Closes: #512208). [ Daniel Baumann ] * Removing useless whitespaces at EOF and EOL. * Updating vcs fields in control. * Rewrapping package long description to 80 chars a line in control. * Correcting copyright file. * Removing useless dirs debhelper file. * Removing AUTHORS from docs, doesn't contain new information over copyright file. * Removing NEWS from docs, doesn't contain new information over ChangeLog. * Reordering rules file. * Moving out manpage of debian directory to subdirectory. * Prefixing debhelper files with package name.