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DDRescue locks system up on disk clone

I have ddrescue running on the latest version of Fedora trying to clone a dying IDE disk. When I run ddrescue --no-split /dev/sdb imagefile logfile the copy will happen then the entire system will ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS corrupt microSD - manual recovery?

i have a corrupt microSD card from a colleague. He asked me to save his data if possible. I use a recent usb-multi-cardreader. The microSD is a high capacity card with 32gb of space. I suspect it to ...
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Recovering data on 20TB RAID 5 NAS, overwritten by 500gb RAID 1

I have a Linux gateway with 2 500gb drives in software RAID 1 for system. /dev/sda = RAID 1 /dev/sdb = RAID 1 /dev/sdc = RAID 5 (NAS 12 drives iSCSI, /home directories) While replacing sdb, weird ...
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chkdsk - Recover lost files using windows chkdsk log

Windows 7 Chkdsk searched my flash drive for bad sector recovery, and it deleted hundreds of my most important folder and files. unfortunately I have not any new backup from them. The file system is ...
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How to properly extract the content of multisession CD/DVDs?

When I was 11 years old or so, I made copies of my Web 0.9 websites onto CDs among other original content. Now I'm 25 years old, I had forgotten about the CDs and the content still has sentimental ...
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How to recover data from ubuntu when unable to load

Recently, I upgraded my desktop hardware to i3 4th gen processor, ram, motherboard and new SSD. I had ubuntu installed earlier on 320GB HDD and I've installed a fresh windows 8 OS on new 120gb SSD and ...
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Data retention on storage devices?

Is there any official table out there that shows how many years can a storage device retain data before it becomes unreadable? Storage devices: USB memory sticks, classic hard drives, SSDs, optical ...
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how to mount a XFS filesystem in LVM volume with RAID0 having a bad disk?

I have a small NAS with two 500GB disks in a RAID0 (JBOD) setup. (I know, I know, big mistake... as you will see...) Now, one of the disks started to fail (Murphy is always right, isn't he...) I ...
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merged ntfs partitions, missing “Program Files” directories

Nowhere can I seem to be able to find how to resolve this situation in-place. What happened: Before, C: ~= 90GB, freshly installed Win 8.1 Enterprise, 64bit D: ~= 880GB, also ntfs. Mainly for data ...
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How to install windows 8 on another hard drive when windows 8 came preinstalled on laptop? [duplicate]

I bought a laptop and now I received an hard drive failure message. It still works for now but I think it wont last very long. What do I have to do in order to install windows 8 on another hard drive ...
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A system with Deep Freeze loses data on non-frozen drives

My client sells an industrial application that runs on a custom system with multiple drives and partitions on those drives. Drive C: is frozen with Deep Freeze, but the other drives are not frozen. ...
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Raid0 recovery - failed mobo

Short story: motherboard died, need to recover data from 2 working HDD's in RAID0 Long story: My mobo died on a Dell Studio XPS 7100, I basically upgraded all the components and my pc is now up and ...
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Unable to open PST recovered from formatted HDD

I'm trying to recover a pst from a formatted HDD using EaseUs as the recovering software. I do manage to recover the file named outlook.pst however it seems to be split into several other files; ...
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Is is possible to recover files form a hard drive after it was “zeroed out”? [duplicate]

I have an external hard drive, on which I had many important things that I don't have another copy of. Something was messed up with the partitioning of the hard drive, since it showed up as a 600 and ...
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Got ransomware and Shadow explorer dont work

I got infected by the CTB Locker and probably I have removed the virus itself. But the files all got polluted. I tried to use shadow explorer but it shows all blank in CDEF any drives and got no dates ...
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how to recover files deleted by “Cutting” in windows 7-Pro

how to recover files deleted by "Cutting" in windows 7-Pro I just did the silliest thing a few minutes ago! I had a folder on my Win7 pro machine that had all my work (C# code in Visual Studio) for ...
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Undo Diskpart clean

This is a life-destroying moment for me. I have a 2TB External Hard drive, with 2 partitions. The first one is UDF and second one is a Veracrypt-encrypted partition. The drive was GUID -based, and the ...
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Securely delete a file in Ubuntu?

I have been reading about government standards for secure data erasure by overwriting the file location with random data [wikipedia: data erasure standards]. I am wondering if Ubuntu's default Delete ...
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Faster recovery from a disk with bad sectors

Recently I tried to dd from an unhealthy HDD to a file. I used dd if=/dev/sdb of=somefile bs=4096 conv=noerror,sync. My problem was that dd wasted a lot of time when it encountered a bad block. In my ...
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Recovery Hard Disk with Bad Sectors

I have a WD Element 1TB external hard Disk and suddenly I got some errors in data reading and writing. I decided to recover it, and I tried to do so many ways and nothing worked. I tried to run ...
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File corruption prevention strategy

I recently read about BTRFS and it's superiority in terms of error handling and noticed that I have no real plan in case data corruption happens, other than backing up regularly. I am not asking for ...
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Total SSD failure with irreversible data loss. Is it worth to get a second opinion? [closed]

My SSD gave up the ghost with a bluescreen and then prevented the computer from booting - didn't even let me access the BIOS anymore while connected. For some reason I did not back up. But please ...
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Newly generated pgp keypair missing from Portable PGP

I have a USB drive with Portable PGP on it and have used it for quite some time with no issues. I generated a new key-pair the day before yesterday in order to secure a new account with 2FA ...
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File Recovery No Signatures(Magic Numbers)

Is it possible to recover a file from a disk image (dd image) if File Header/Footer, Signature has been altered/modified or removed? I mean for example if signature of the bitmap image (0x42 0x4d) or ...
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Backing up encrpyted hard drive image to cloud?

So I have a hard drive that I think is dying, but I am going to be moving soon, probably busy, and I do not need the data on the drive in the near future. However I do want to ensure that I will not ...
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How can Recovery tools recover file's metadata?

According to articles about File system on Wikipedia, file's metadata should be saved in area of file system itself so if we format that drive, it's file table and file system will be erased though ...
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Recover a chunk of compressed data from SD card

I split a tar.bzip file in 3.5GB chunks and stored each chunk in a different SD card. After copying the data to all cards, I inserted one by one and opened it to verify that the file was there, then I ...
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rescue data from partially overwritten ntfs partition

I accidentally overwritten part of my ntfs partition with image of another partition using dd if=diskimg of=/dev/sdaX. I canceled it immediately, but unfortunately about 200MB was already written. I'm ...
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Intel RAID not detected after rebuilding PC - recovery options?

I'm running a RAID0 array on a Windows 7 PC with an Intel ICH10R SATA chipset, consisting of 4 x 4TB drives (plus a separate drive for the OS). I re-built my PC after getting a new case, and cleared ...
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How to restore partitions and data after diskpart “clean” command?

I was on my way installing windows 7 alongside linux installation that was scattered over 3 partitions, namely: root, home and additional big partition for data files. I was trying to install windows ...
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Modify a large file, then be able to rollback changes doing it (almost) inplace

I'm recovering data from a damaged 500GB disk drive. I'm copying data (ext4 partition) to a 500GB image file. The process is taking about 3 months of copying in total (yes, months). So I'm using dd ...
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How to recover data erased by Killdisk Active@? [duplicate]

I'm getting working experience as hardware tech guy meaning I have to repair and fix used computers daily. One of those tasks is formatting all the hard disks and we use Killdisk active@, at Work for ...
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Diagnosis for a very slow hard disk that is not making any noises [closed]

My laptop’s 2.5 inch hard disk become very slow. According to the symptoms outlined below, is the I am experiencing problem is located on the hard disk drive’s platters or the hard disk drive’s board? ...
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Oracle VM VirtualBox Win 7 Data Recovery

So I'm running Oracle VM VirtualBox with a Build of Windows 7 Ultimate, and the virtual guest OS just crashed out of no where, and won't allow me to access my windows guest os. I wanted to know if ...
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Recover /var/lib/mysql file after reformat/reinstall

My server would not boot, so I have repartitioned and reinstalled Ubuntu. Afterwards I found out that my MySQL backup script has not been working for the past 5 years. This was an ext3 filesystem. I ...
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Deleting (Erasing) all Data from Failed SanDisk MicroSD Card

I've had two 32GB SanDisk MicroSD cards go bad recently. One I was able to temporarily revive using the kind advice offered in this thread: Recover Data from Card that cannot be read When I insert ...
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Unable to see data on an external HDD, is it infected?

I will try to describe the problem directly: suddenly I am unable to acces the data I have on my external HDD. It's name has changed, both Ubuntu and Windows(7 and 8) complain when I plug in the ...
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How to recover Windows 7's encrytion certificate (EFS) from formatted partitions?

I am a home user of Windows 7 ultimate. I am just a local admin for my computer. A standalone system. I am quite noob about computers. I formatted, Windows 7 installed(size 200gb) partition of 1tb ...
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On a FAT32 filesystem there was a file with ext2 filesystem image. Now it's truncated. How do I restore?

How do I restore ext2 filesytem that was stored on FAT32 volume in a file which got truncated? Is there analogue of reiserfs's --rebuild-tree option to restore filesystem from content?
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How to use `undo.data` to recreate `pending.data` for TaskWarrior after encountering a disk full condition?

When my disk hit 100% TaskWarrior overwrote my pending.data with a zero byte file. I have an intact undo.data but I can't find a way to "replay" the data in it to get my todo list back in a consistent ...
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Recovering Windows 7 Product Key from Registry Backup

My SSD gave up a little while back and I would like to recover my Win 7 Product Key from the drive. Even using recovery software, I was unable to recover my Windows/System32/config directory which I ...
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how do you fix a corrupt microsd card that's is not responding to anything?

My Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit computer froze up so I had to shut it down by holding the power button. Then when I restarted I got the Windows 8.1 problem where the computer freezes at personalized ...
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ddrescue - how are my chances and how could I speed it up? [closed]

I am trying to rescue data from a damaged laptop's 500 GB hard drive using ddrescue version 1.19 on Ubuntu 14.04. By damaged I mean that the drive got corrupted when the laptop hit the ground while ...
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How to recover exFat partition?

I'm trying to recover a single 4 TB ExFat partition made in Maverick's Disk Utility. This single partition on the disk has storage files shared between Windows and Mac. It became inaccessible after ...
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Recover files without formatting from data on a seemingly corrupted Seagate Wireless Plus.

I have a Seagate Wireless Plus 1TB hard disk. Last week, when I was copying videos from my DVD collection to the hard disc, the DVD drive somehow stopped working. Now I cannot access my hard disc ...
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Recover GPT Unformatted Partition

I have a 500GB HDD, with a partition that I tried to move. After moving it, I found it is still in the starting place, but now I don't have access to it anymore. I tried to recover it with EaseUS ...
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How can i recover data from a USB stick which is showing no storage medium? [duplicate]

I have a USB Flash drive which has begun displaying some odd behaviour. It's a Lexar 32GB JumpDrive S70 USB Flash Drive if it matters. In windows, what occurs is when I put it into my computer, it ...
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Recovering a file using WinHex

I am looking for a very small lost file which was replaced by another one having exactly the same name and size, I do not know if the original file was physically overwritten or not,it is related to ...
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Recovering deleted files from a ghost image

Let’s suppose that we have ghost image file taken from an old hard disk and we want to burn it to a new empty hard disk. The question is: Does the ghost image reflect exactly the original hard disk ...
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How can I recover a drive partition lost while uninstalling ubuntu

I have a windows XP (SP2) desktop with 4 partitions C:14 GB ; D: 14 GB ;E: 55 GB; F: 55 GB; (approximate size) I had installed Ubuntu 10.04 by creating space for it using existing disk partition ...