get header and footer of file for use with scalpel file carving

xxd -l 0x04 $file; xxd -s -0x04 $file
file carving helps if you know where the file you are looking for starts and ends. It's also an easy way to get data and catalog them for future use with forensic tools like scalpel.
Sample Output
0000000: 5261 7221                                Rar!
002bd89: 0040 0700                                .@..

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2010-06-05 06:19:02

What Others Think

Hey how to use that header with scalpel??? Plz reply
gau1992 · 382 weeks and 6 days ago
1 open a terminal 2 (you need root for this to work) edit the scalpel.conf file in my case was /etc/scalpel/scalpel.conf 3 add a comment describing your extention something like # ghh my extention to look for. (don't forget to comment this line so scalpel won't read it while trying to recover your data) 4 add the hex header and footer in the next line like this ghh y 100000 \x??\x??\x??\x?? \x??\x??\x??\x?? 5 The end. sit back relax a let you machine do the rest.
4ndr0bu · 183 weeks and 5 days ago

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