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Sony vaio: install windows 7 without destroying recovery feature

I have a sony vaio with windows 8 but I like to install windows 7 from a ISO image. However, I like to make sure that I don't destroy the recovery feature. Some details to explain it better: I ...
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How to restore backup made with proprietary software to an incompatible system

I'm trying to restore a backup system image that was created using Dell's software on a Dell computer.  (I didn't create it; I would have used a different method.)  The source machine isn't available ...
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Recover data from formatted harddrive

I had a dual boot machine with Windows 8 and Deepin linux on it. Last week I removed WIndows 8 and installed windows 8.1. After installing Windows 8.1 grub was removed. I followed How can I repair ...
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My computer upgraded and deleted all of my files [closed]

When I opened my computer, and update had started, and when it was completed, all of my photos and files were gone. How can I recover my missing files?
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can someone help me plase to recover data from my nokia e 71? [closed]

can someone help me plase? I accidentally deleted all my past meetings from my calendar phone "THE PHONE IS NOKIA E71" there is a chance I can recover all my note`s??? plase help me
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Accidentally deleted the wrong partition. Now my drive is not appearing

My computer is in the process of being dual-booted windows 8.1/Arch. I have two drives: a 120GB SSD and a 2TB HDD. I have the SSD reserved strictly for windows (because of recent mistakes made in ...
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NTFS recovery - How to find out the first and last sectors of a lost NTFS GPT partition?

So I have this disk where the GPT (GUID partition table) went bad, and was overwritten with a new GPT. This made my NTFS partition inaccessible, but I am sure that the partition itself is still on the ...
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Invalid Dynamic Disk in Windows, TestDisk shows no partitions

It shows up as invalid dynamic disk and is unallocated. I tried using Testdisk and followed the steps to 'Analyze' the disk. Sadly there weren't the partitions detected that I needed and after a deep ...
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Accidentally deleted files too big for recycling bin [duplicate]

I've made a very large mistake. I've deleted some files accidentally from my C:// It was a bunch of .CR2 wedding photos that I mistaken for incorrectly exported JPEG's. The files were too big to ...
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SD card not detected

I have a SD card with photos I'd like to recover. The card suddenly stopped working in camera, maybe because of the temperatures like 40C outside. The camera can't read the card and advises to use ...
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How can I efficiently view/validate/delete 1M+ files from data recovery?

I recovered a few TB of data, yielding over a million files. Much of what was recovered is trash, but a small percentage are very valuable files that are buried in the mess. Question: How can I cull ...
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Recover accidentally deleted overwritten data [duplicate]

I have a Kingston 64 GB microSD card that I've accidentally chosen for a the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool to format and write the Windows installation disk data on it instead of another USB flash. ...
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How can I recover a deleted docx file?

I have a very important Word 2010 file that has been deleted. I believe the kids may have deleted it as it's not available on the desktop where I had saved it as well as in the recycle bin. I have run ...
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Recover data from locked BlackBerry SD Card

I have a backup of my SD card from a few years ago, while I was using a BlackBerry device. Foolishly I did not check the quality of the contents while backing up. Since then I have changed phones and ...
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I accidentally wrote to /dev/sda1, then I did it to /dev/sdb1

My knowledge of Unix systems is patchy at best and when it came down to copying things to a drive I attempted the commands cp ./files.files /dev/sda1. At the time I was copying a tar ball that was in ...
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Adobe Reader DC filled in data disappears

A week ago we started using Adobe Reader DC for filling out PDF documents. The new "Fill & sign" tool seemed like a really good option for that. The documents get edited by 2-3 Users on a ...
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Recover files from Erased USB

I have 250 GB Transcend hard drive and i had it pertained it in 3 drives. I wanted to install windows only mac and when i tried to do that using boot camp assistant. I formatted all my partitions and ...
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Need help retrieving FAT32 partition from an unallocated portion of and external HD

I was going to create a liveusb out of my external HD, as indicated in the archwiki, using the dd command, except I didn't know what the result of the command would be. I then realized that it ...
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Windows 8.1 says my used HDD needs to be initialized

I bought a new, 1T 3.5" SATAIII HDD (WD Green) next to the an existing SSD for archiving. I tested it with HD Sentinel for hours, and it looked perfect. I used Windows 8.1 partitioner to initialize ...
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Windows 10 reset and OneDrive

I upgraded from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. I noticed that the performance is not the best overall (I haven't formatted my laptop in a while now). Therefore I'd like to "factory reset" Windows (by ...
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Hard drive with bad sectors(?), Windows cannot read, want to rescue data if possible

I have a 3TB Seagate hard drive that has pretty much failed. When I connect it directly in the PC, windows 7 does not seem to read it at all. It actually takes several seconds longer in My Computer ...
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Is it ok to replace the hdd with a ssd for data drive?

Nowadays everyone has windows and softwares installed on a ssd. But most people still have HDDs for their personnal data (movies, music, work related data etc), usually on large hdds (1to and more). ...
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External hard drive does not show up on Windows 7 - Disk Management says 'You must initialize a disk before logical manager can access it'

I recently plugged in an external hard drive of mine and noticed that it doesn't show up on the list of drives in Computer. I opened Disk Management (dskmgmt.msc) to check and it said that 'You must ...
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Recover data from a usb pen showing 0-bytes capacity [duplicate]

I have a 2GB usb pen that suddenly has stopped working. Now when i plug it in my PC, it appears in the drives but without showing its capacity, if I try to go in the properties it says that the ...
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How Data recovery and data wiper mechanism works on windows ?

I am a competent windows OS computer user . I know Delete , Shift + Delete and some of the Data recovery and data wiper tools. But i don't know how these stuffs are working behind the scenes. In my ...
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Rescue Data after Hard Drive Head Crash

I have a Western Digital WD20EARS Caviar Green 2TB. A long time ago, the HDD had a head crash. I have sought help from a company, they wanted to have for data recovery over 3000€. I switch the head ...
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Hard-disk #…, the system Primary HDD, is protected by a password authentication system

A client's Inspirion was requesting a bios password. I retrieved this from Dell. It then asked for HDD Password. Dell provided two options but neither worked. Quack Quixote suggests simply moving the ...
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recover invisible folders caused by mac osx disk eject

I have 2TB Adata USB 3.0 hdd. I connected it to mac book pro and due to wire issue the hdd got disconnected. After the incident the hdd's ntfs partition shows space full but not showing all folders. ...
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Recovering a deleted 128-bit encrypted .dmg file

I need to recover a recently deleted 15 GB .dmg file, which was deleted from a drive which is otherwise not in use. It should be easy to recover, but neither Data Rescue 3 nor Disk drill seem to find ...
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S.M.A.R.T reads 'Caution' on external hard drive but no bad sectors were found

I have a 3TB Western Digital My Book that I use to store all of my media. I have had it for almost 3 years and have only moved it a handful of times, and because the drive is only accessed on ...
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If I format my drive will I lose all traces of the file completely?

I tried installing Linux to a hard drive but I chose the wrong one. I ended up deleting my media hard drive (pictures movies text documents etc). Unfortunately I dont make backups. Lesson learned. ...
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Windows 8: 20 gig of data file went missing

Last day, my 400 Gb hdd data drive (D: DATA) was fully red w/ 40 Gig of free space available. Then I went to restart it and poof! 60 Gig free space available. What the?! It appears that a 20 Gig of ...
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Linux - Recover a deleted Java file

Today I was coding in Android Studio when suddenly the computer ran out of battery and it shut down, and when I restarted the computer, I found the Java file empty. How can I do to recover this file? ...
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Partition recovery

During a fresh installation, I accidentally formatted a disk containing datas. I tried using testdisk to recover the erased partition, but , it only detects the new one. With the deeper search mode, ...
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How to recover an office 2013 document, in windows 7, after removing the removable disk?

There exist lots of information about data recovery in WWW as well as this question answering website, almost all of which about the situation in which you have the hard dist in your hand. However, ...
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How to identify the Windows version of a dead install from Linux by having access only to its filesystem? [duplicate]

My question doesn't have an answer there, because all of them are windows-specific and I want a linux solution. I have a dead windows install in one of my partitions. It doesn't have any boot data ...
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How to recover the contents of an internal hard drive without deleting its data?

I backup some files, went back to get them, and they were gone! I couldn’t find the drive that I used to back the files. Can you figure out what happened? Can you help me retrieve my files, find my ...
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Is it possible to recover a NTFS partition after it was formatted to NTFS using Gparted Live CD? [duplicate]

I had a NTFS partition on my ASUS laptop that had Windows 7 on it. I formatted it using Gparted Live CD because I thought there are some problems in Windows but then found out it was a problem of ...
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How to use testdisk on external hard drive that freezes whenever connected?

I've been trying to recover files from my WD external hard drive, and nothing has worked so far. I've heard of testdisk but I can't use it because as soon as I connect my external, it freezes the PC. ...
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Internal hard drive connected by usb no longer displays in Disk Management. How to get the drive to show without deleting it's data?

I bought this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RORMF6 3TB internal hard drive to back-up data across multiple computers. When I connected the sata cable to USB, the hard-drive did not ...
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How to recover files on dead WD 1TB External Hard Drive? [closed]

I accept defeat. This piece of crap is dead. Is there anyway to recover the files on it? Stupid me for never backing up on cloud, DVD's, etc. Please I need those files. :(
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How to find and copy all NON-encrypted user-created files?

I have a drive from a Windows XP computer full of files, all the usual filetypes, many the user has created, many 'owned' by Windows or programs... 18120 of them are encrypted. I need to recover all ...
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How can I have the wrong volume in the drive?

My phone took a bath in the river a few days ago. The phone is dead, but the SD card works still. However it is excruciatingly slow! The average read speed is well under 50kb/s. To copy 32GB of data ...
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GNU ddrescue imaging of failing hard drive is extremely slow

My friend has a (nearly full) failing 1 TB Western Digital My Passport. It will only occasionally mount on my MacBook, and refuses outright to mount on my Ubuntu box. I'm trying to use GNU ddrescue ...
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Have PhotoRec and Testdisk recover “.ts” file

I am using testdisk for a long time. But previously I never had .ts but now I have. So I deleted a .ts file which is not important file. After that I tried to recover any other file via testdisk ...
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Recovering a file after reset offline cache Windows 7?

I was having problem with a network mapped folder stop syncing. I made it available offline before but couldn't get it back online no matter what (got "This folder is offline because of a user chose ...
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Hardware RAID10 HPA recovery

I have a hardware RAID 1+0 based on external CFI-B8253JDGG DAS. It was connected to PC with eSATA and contains 4x1TB HDD (Total capacity is 1.82TB in RAID10). Some days ago I tried to connect the DAS ...
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TestDisk failed in Deep Search?

I'm trying to recover data from a colleague's 4TB external G-RAID drive. I've saved the main partition from the quick scan result, but that didn't help, so i spent the past week doing a Deeper Search. ...
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Data recovery after hard disk format

I had an HP Pavilion 13 a113cl and some months ago, about march or february, I installed Windows 10 Home Insider Preview on the computer. It was going fine until I realized that it did not support ...
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Sandisk 64gb Memory Card issues [duplicate]

Ok so I have encountered a problem with my 64gb memory card. Anytime I connect to my computer, it prompts me to format disk. Formatting through this option fails and formatting through chkdsk fails. ...