Corruption is the unwanted, unintentional and accidental change of data so that it is no longer usable.

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How do I recover a corrupted .txt file?

Recently I often edited a txt file with Notepad++ on Windows XP and gedit on Linux (Mint). During shutdown on windows, it seems, that file was corrupted. This is the second time that this happens and ...
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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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Corrupt File on External HDD

I have an 1.5TB WD External HDD, which I purchased in December 2010. Every few weeks, Windows stops being able to read it, and I have to fix it with a chkdsk /f. Now this is a little annoying, but not ...
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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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Is there a good, free way to fix broken/corrupt .wmv files?

I've recovered some files from an hdd that weren't supposed to be deleted in the first place, but they have seeking problems/crash the players. Since they have the right size, I'm thinking it might be ...
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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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Recovering damaged filesystem/partition

I wanted to increase the size of my /home (originally about 20GB). /home was on the partition /dev/sda9. There was about 25GB free-unallocated space just after the /dev/sda9 partition. The plan was ...
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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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How do I copy the boot sector from one computer to another?

I have a pair of identical computers. One of them stopped booting the other day (it gets past the BIOS screen then goes black). Booting from a USB recovery stick I've verified that the partition is ...
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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 ...
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Corrupted CSS File

Recently today, the power went out unexpectedly while i was editing one of my css files. after the power came back, i rushed to check if the file was ok but it wasn't :( it was corrupted, when opened ...
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Determine if any audio files are corrupted in a folder

I am attempting to run an application (the game, Call of Cthulu: Dark Corners Of The Earth), but at a specific part, there is always a crash. From my testing, I've determined with some degree of ...
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Can a Corrupt Word Template be fixed?

We are just looking at upgrading from Office 2000 to Office 2010. We have a fairly large number of in-house templates, most of which are enforcing house style and user information through auto text. ...
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Graphics corruption on startup

I have a PC which is exhibiting strange graphics artefacts on startup. It manifests as thin blue vertical lines appearing, sometimes on the BIOS screens but always on the "Windows XP" loading screen. ...
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Vista reboots right before login

Have a PC with Vista that reboots right before login. The Windows loading bar show up, then it shows a black screen with the cursor in the middle and after about 30 seconds the computer reboots. ...
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How can I create a file with invalid Windows timestamps?

I'd like to create a file with an invalid created/modified/accessed timestamp. To be invalid it should be a date and time before 12:00 midnight January 1, 1601 C.E. UTC
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Recovering corrupted files uploaded in wrong FTP mode

Some files were uploaded in the wrong mode to the FTP (via command line). I believe I have some binary files that were uploaded in TEXT mode and now I cannot open them. I dont have access to the ...
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Fixing damaged jpgs

Recently I stupidly deleted some photos I shouldn't have. I used a program to recover the photos, some of them came back in a corrupted condition like below with grey areas. Any idea on how to fix ...
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Can I save space in a Maildir by hard-linking identical message files?

Obviously, the answer to the question in the title is yes. But I really want to know if I can do it without breaking anything. I am using offlineimap to back up my Gmail account to a Maildir on my ...
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Remove a corrupted file in a Fedora based system

How to remove a file that is corrupted? In Linux (Fedora based), when I type: ll I get drwxr-xr-x. 2 dmiller3 dmiller3 4096 Jul 26 13:57 SomeFile ?????????? ? ? ? 4096 Jul ...
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Corrupt external hard drive - Not being recognized [closed]

I have recently bought a Seagate Expansion 750GB external hard drive and for a little while it was working fine. However, I'm pretty sure I corrupted the drive since now it isn't being recognized by ...
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Pulling power damaging Windows 7 PC's

I have a situation where a few Windows 7 based PC's are basically experiencing a power cut every day, in other words they don't get to shut down - the power simply cuts. With XP there was never an ...
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Windows 7 - User profile corrupted?

Not sure if this is related to user profile corruption but I logged in today into my system and I saw 2 weird things... my IE8 icon has changed to a standard icon and if I right click on my computer ...
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Upgraded my Ubuntu server from Gutsy to Hardy and my Wordpress install got corrupted, help?

Upgraded my Ubuntu server from Gutsy to Hardy and my Wordpress install got corrupted. The front page and admin interface work, but all of the permalinks to individual blog posts are broken. Have ...
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Repair tar.gz files with a GUI

I have been downloading back ups from my web hosts cpanel on a weekly basis. The back ups are in tar.gz format. However, when I try to extract them, I get an error message stating that they are ...
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Repairing a 3GP file

I was recording a video with my Droid when it froze. The resulting 3gp file was corrupted. I tried playing it in mplayer and VLC. My naive first attempt at repairing it was to try and rebuild a header ...
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Is there any virus that corrupts xml files?

I observed that some of my xml files (ssis dtsx packages basically) are getting corrupted randomly. What could be the possible reasons? I couldn't find any clue from system events or logs. Can this be ...
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Corrupted HDD - SATA 160G 5400rpm for Laptop

I have a laptop, a HP 6910P with a Hitachi 160g 5400rpm Sata. This HDD drive me nuts since few hours because I hadded 1go of ram (3 total) in the laptop and since, issue over issues... When I added ...
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Problem with git corrupted files

I have recently removed some folders from my git repos history using the following command: git filter-branch --index-filter 'git rm -r --cached var' -- --all Unfortunately I cannot pull anymore ...
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Files downloaded with Firefox are often corrupt

For the past six months or more, when I download a file with Firefox, it will usually be corrupt. During those months, I've always kept Firefox up-to-date. I'm currently running 3.6.6 32-bit. Here ...