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External hard drive broken after falling down, and can't clone it [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can't read External Hard Drive anymore! My external hard drive has fallen down a few times from my bed and now it doesn't work anymore. Windows 7 needs a few ...
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Prevent data corruption when using dropbox

So i have a backup system running that basically stores all files in Dropbox using encfs. (In addition i do a nightly rsync of the complete Dropbox folder to Amazon S3). I'm quite happy with that ...
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How to extract data from a partially corrupt multi-part rar archive?

I downloaded a video that's 11 parts the other day. Today I tried to extract it but it tells me that part04 is corrupt. So I checked "keep broken files", but of course it only gave me the beginning of ...
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Administrator account is corrupted?

After successfully solving my previous problem i stumbled upon another shortly after. Once i logged into my administrator account i have noticed the following missing: Quick launch which also cannot ...
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Incorrect disk size reported for internal drive after attempting to boot from external drive

I wanted to run something off of my old Windows XP install, so I plugged it in as an external hard drive and attempted to boot from it. The machine blue screened on me. (I now know this is a bad ...
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Recover truecrypt partition without MBR + recovery disk?

I destroyed my mbr and have no truecrypt rescue disk. However, I do know my password and my encryption setup (e.g. hashing functions and ciphers used). This happened after an upgrade to version 7.0a ...
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Portable HDD keeps corrupting? popup “format this drive to use it etc”

I've got a ADATA Superior SH93 (500GB) for a while now. Formatted as NTFS. And within the first week two times the drive got corrupted (asks me to format it to be able to use it, although it was ...
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Start Menu right-side items missing in Windows Vista

A Windows installation under my care has suddenly started behave rather erratically. One of the user profiles now has a Start Menu where all the right-side items are missing. There's another user ...
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unreadable hard drive partition. is partition table corrupted?

I have a hard drive that had 2 partitions C drive and D drive. My internet stopped responding, so I restarted my computer. However, my computer acted like it no longer recognized my C drive and that ...
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Unable to delete corrupted files

I have an mp3 player which has somehow gotten corrupted. In some folders where there used to be mp3 files, its suddenly gotten these weirdly named gibberish files. Screenshot is below: Notice also ...
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Mac- or Unix-compatible utility to compute and compare LAME MusicCRC in MP3s?

The LAME encoder stores a CRC16 checksum of the audio stream in the header of every MP3 it encodes. The 'actual' audio checksum can then be computed and compared to the original value at a later date ...
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Windows 7's PATH and environment variables are corrupted

I have no clue, but lately I've been having this problem. After running my workstation suddenly something destroys PATH and lots of stuff stops working. Initially, my path had MANY directories listed ...
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How does an Operating System become corrupted out of nowhere? [closed]

My mother's Dell XPS system has been running fine and dandy for the past two or three years now, and just yesterday I was called in for an emergency situation. Turns out her operating system was ...
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My drive says “drive corrupt and unreadable”. How can I fix it?

My drive says "drive corrupt and unreadable" in Windows. In Linux it's not getting detected at all. I cannot access my drive. It has lots of important data on it. Is there some way to fix this? when ...
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Why are the bottom half of my images gray?

My brother in law took some pictures for me of my daughter after she was born. When I open up the pictures or look at the previews, they all look like this (with the bottom half gray): At first I ...
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Seagate FreeAgent Portable Drive suddenly doesn't want to open

I have a Seagate FreeAgent Portable Drive. It was fine yesterday night when I was using it but this morning when I plugged it in, my computer didn't autoplay it and when I clicked it on the computer, ...
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How do I fix a Google Chrome corrupt settings file?

I fired up the computer today just to be met by a message saying that the Google Chrome settings file is corrupt. Oh well, I thought, and googled it. And to my surprise nobody seems to be getting ...
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Word documents get spontaneously corrupted while editing in OS X

This has happened to me twice in the past two days: I'm editing a document in OS X Microsoft Word 2011 (14.1.0), and the document's characters spontaneously turn into gibberish (not upon loading the ...
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JRE rt.jar getting deleted on machine reboot

I am observing a strange behavior on some of my Windows machines. I have a Server application that uses Java JRE 1.6u26 (Oracle) which is bundled within it. Sometimes a machine reboot causes the ...
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How does a downloaded ISO get corrupted? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to get corrupted download with http? I downloaded an ISO for fedora. Went to install it as a VM. It failed 5 times the installer. The warning for the ...
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Corrupted message in Outlook 2007 cannot be opened or deleted

I'm using Outlook 2007. I received an Outlook invite that was forwarded to me (the forward-er is a Mac user, I'm a Windows user). The message is apparently corrupted. I cannot open it - when ...
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Repair Windows 7 without the disk

Is it possible to repair Windows 7 without the disk? This PC hasn't been scanned for a while. Last time the PC was on, it was scanned using Avast Free Antivirus. It detected some corrupt zip files, ...
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Disk corrupting over and over

I have re-installed windows, both the Vista Home Premium x86 that came on it and Win7 Pro x64. I am using Gateway GT5674 with an AMD Phenom quad core CPU. Everything is stock except the GeForce GT ...
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Disk Corruption = Failing Drive/Bad sectors?

I recently replaced my HD with a SATA SSD since my previous one failed. My new SSD is a week old and Windows 7 is already reporting file corruption. The file system structure on the disk is ...
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Is it possible to tell if a file is valid after an incomplete torrent download?

I'm trying to downloading a torrent file using uTorrent but it only gets to 99.3%... no one else is seeding anymore. If I open the torrent folder I can see all the individual files I'm looking for. ...
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Seagate Momentus XT corrupting files (Linux and Mac)

My Seagate Momentus XT hybrid hard drive is corrupting files on Linux. I would appreciate help from anyone, but I'd particularly like to know if other Momentus XT users are able to reproduce this ...
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How to open mystery JPEG file?

I have a folder that contains JPEG files that I cannot open. Here is one example mystery file. Can anyone help me to open the file or suggest a way of recovering the data if it is corrupted? [update] ...
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Debian: rsync and cp is corrupting contents of CSV files

I have a weird problem. I wrote a script that scans a directory on a samba share (a OpenSUSE server on the LAN) and uses cp to copy certain CSV files to the local Debian server web root at /var/www. ...
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What to do with a USB hard drive that is not recognized by any computer

I have a USB HDD that was disconnected from a computer in an improper way. Since than, connecting this disk to any computer has almost no effect: the only thing that changes is the HDD's blue LED ...
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How do I make Windows XP recognize EXEs again?

I've got a virus "first" here. Basically a friend had gotten his system severely infected. He had 8 different viruses, and 157 different pieces of spyware (most of it likely replicated, but still). ...
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How to resolve graphics corruption on Street View when using Google Earth?

When I go into Street View on Google Earth and use the arrow keys to move around, the graphics become corrupted (distorted). Please see these examples: I'm using XP Home SP 3, Google Earth ...
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C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Desktop is not accessible?

I am getting errors on my computer (Windows 7, 32-bit) after a improper shutdown. At first my user profile was corrupted in the registry and had to use the .bak file in Userprofiles list. But since ...
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GParted errors on MBR Disk, Claims it's GPT. (It's mistaken, but why?)

It's very tempting for me to go on a rant here about GParted and Linux, but I'll do my best to avoid it. :) Question: Why does GParted claim that my disk is corrupted and GPT, whereas the Disk ...
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Solution for noisy network that corrupts downloaded files

The network on the company where my wife works sucks BIG TIME. Almost every single file bigger then a few hundred kB is corrupted during download and even web pages are sometimes garbled. We checked ...
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Can flash memory be physically damaged if power is interrupted while writing?

If data is actively being written to a flash memory device, can a memory cell (or perhaps the entire memory device) be physically damaged if power is removed, or will data simply be corrupted? Can ...
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Hard Disk NTFS restoration

I know there are many restoration-related articles (read through some of them), however my scenario seems to be less generalizeable and the data is critical, so any serious recommendation will be much ...
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The Ghost of “Maxpm (Admin)”

I had an account on my Windows Vista computer called (something like) "Maxpm (Admin)." The space in the name was causing problems with certain command-line tools, so I created a new administrator ...
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Force delete a directory

I have a FAT32 SD card with a file on it, that, viewed in Windows the filename consists of a long string of nonsense. Viewed in my Android phone's Linux terminal, ls -a shows nothing in the ...
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SSD and corrupted master boot record

I have a 120GB INTEL X25-M SSD as the main drive which boots windows 7 (about 2 months old). Recently my pc would hang randomly and boot only in repair mode. No automatic repair or recovery image ...
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File corrupted after upload

A word document which could be opened properly. (not corrupted) File is uploaded using a web browser on Windows from a USB Drive <input id="uFile" type="file" multiple="multiple" name="uFile" ...
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Automating the scanning of graphics files for corruption

Does anyone know of a good program that can scan graphics files (particularly JPG, GIF, and PNG) for corruption? Preferably, it would be able to scan a bunch of photos automatically and have some ...
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Corrupt BIOS and no post screen

I have an Asus m2n sli deluxe mainboard. I ran the Asus update utility (wish I didn't, it is buggy) and it started to loop (my OS is Windows 7 Pro 64-bit). after 15 minutes, I restarted my PC. as I ...
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Chicken and Egg: Can't Restore System Point and Can't Run Scan-Disk

I have an awesomely evil hard-drive corruption of some sort going on with my Windows 7 installation. Whenever I schedule a scandisk and restart, Windows tells me that the hard-drive is corrupted and I ...
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What to do about “ntuser.dat.log corrupt and unreadable”?

Since a few days ago I keep getting the below error message when I open some programs. I ran Chkdsk with all options but it didn't fix it. Has anyone run into this and fixed it?
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External Hard Drive Recognised, How to preserve data

I have a WD Elements 1.5TB External Hard Drive. It is under 2 months old, and it sits on my desk and has not been moved. A few days ago, it started appearing in Windows Explorer as "Local Disk F:" and ...
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How do I fix a corrupted copy of .Net Framework on Windows 7?

I receive the following error when trying to run applications that require .net Framework 3.5: Could not load file or assembly 'System.Core, Version=3.5.0.0, Culture=neutral, ...
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dd_recscue attempt yields empty .img file

I have a hard drive with a some data corruption and am attempting to recover the data with dd_rescue. I am running Ubuntu 10 running off a thumb drive drive (my primary boot disk is running Windows ...
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Flash player displays incorrect colours

This is not a webapps issue, so please don't move it there. This is an issue with Flash, not with one specific website, as shown in this screenshot: This issue appears to come and go with time, it ...
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Windows crashed while transferring files from external hard drive and now the hard is corrupted and cannot even be picked up by computer

I have a 2TB Toshiba 3.5" External HDD. I recently clean installed Windows 7 64 Bit and had previously backed-up all my data on my external hard drive. After I had completed the installation I set all ...
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What are the main causes of optical media corruption?

I burned an Ubuntu 10.04 ISO to a CD-R (using the slowest speed there was in the software) only little over a month ago. I just checked the md5 now and found out that the disc had become corrupt. The ...