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Seagate Momentus HD crash. How to recover?

I have an Alienware M11x R3 that had a hard drive crash the other day. I replaced the Seagate Momentus 750 GB 7200 RPM drive with a WD 1 TB drive from Best Buy (as I was in a hurry). I used a ...
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How do I recover data from only a single drive in RAID 1 setup on Synology DS214+ NAS?

I'm doing this so I know how to recover my data in case the NAS itself dies out and I'm only left with just a single drive from the 2nd bay (or from the 1st bay). Setup Synology DS214+ NAS 2x 4TB ...
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How to recover files deleted by using foremost

I'm wrong folder and delete a list of very important python files! How can I configure the rules in foremost to recover them? and using Debian O.S /etc/foremost.conf CONFIGURATION FILE ...
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how to recover data from a logically corrupted external hard drive using testdisk

So I think ignored too many of my computer's warnings and disconnected my external hard drive without properly ejecting it and now it seems the file system is corrupted. Are there any programs that ...
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Microsoft Word said it was saving the file, but opening it brings up very old version

(I ended up solving this, see my self-answer.) I was typing in a Microsoft Word 2011 document on Mac OS X 10.8.2 that was originally four pages, and saving every one or two pages, for at least ...
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Quicktime killed my AVCHD file

I have a Sony DSC-HX50V photo camera. The system I have been using for video storage is this AVCHD thing, which consists of a big file storing all the videos. Using Quicktime under Mac OS 10.9.2, it ...
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SD card mounting trouble

Im trying to mount an SD card, And it generally (~80%) works great for a few seconds, Long enough for me to see the folder structure, and then unmounts itself. I need to have it monuted long enough ...
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How to delete files in such a way that they cannot be restored?

I implemented my own version of an aes-cipher in java to have a platform independent encryption application that is not dependent on the available ciphers in the jvm in use. This application should ...
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No more than one copy is allowed on Hp recovery manager when creating Vista discs

I had an issue with my laptop so I sent it to customer services for repair, and today trying to make a recovery disc it tells me that just one disc creation is allowed, which means they did this on ...
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Is this hard drive salvageable at all?

My friends computer wouldn't boot up so he asked to me to take a look at it. I quickly noticed that the (well aged) hard drive was making a real bad grinding noise. I plugged the hard drive into ...
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Recover directory *entries* in NTFS

I somehow managed to delete the root directory in a NTFS volume (I know... don't ask). Using ntfsundelete on Linux I can find a lot of inodes I can recover 100%. The problem is that I end up with ...
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Where does Quickbooks store its data?

I was given a HD that has gone bad and I need to rescue the data saved by Quickbooks. Where does Quickbooks save data by default?
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How to save a ntfs partition which suddenly became empty

One ntfs partition of my laptop was suddenly wiped out without any notice to me, when I rebooted from Windows 7 to Ubuntu 12.04 today. I am in need of help to save my files on that partition, which ...
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Disappeared photos

I have Copied my photos from Lumix camera to laptop with Windows 7 and now I can only see half of the amount of photos on my camera. The amount of MB tells me that the ones I cannot see are also ...
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best way to upgrade a PC that needs new everything but the old HDD is good

Since I'm the techie I do a lot of family work, you know the story. Currently I have a PC where the motherboard/processor died so they wanted to replace them. Well the old parts were socket 939 DDR 1 ...
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Trying to restore data, usb drive not properly detected?

I am trying to recover files from a usb drive with a corrupted filesystem, thus far I have had no luck. When hooking it up to a machine with Ubuntu I get the following information: Syslog ...
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Fixing SSD hard disk drive bad sectors or recovering data from SSD HDD bad sectors [closed]

I'm not trying not to repeat any questions already listed but might be a good exception, if it is. Rundown: Laptop with 2.5" 256GB SSD HDD Encrypted with PGP Whole Disk Encryption Laptop and HDD ...
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Share external drive under knoppix

I have this weird situation where I need to recover a broken HDD. The physical drive is split into 2 logical partitions and for some reason they broke up really bad. Here is a schema: ...
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Recovering a corrupted .txt file

Well, my system crashed as I was saving a text file. When I reopened it, the data was unreadable (shows up as a bunch of ascii NULL characters) I'm guessing that there was a bit or two missing at ...
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Is it possible to recover cells with hidden content wiped out upon opening with LibreOffice

Some of my .xls Microsoft Excel files contain cells with hidden information formatted using custom code ;;; to deter casual viewing. I made the switch to LibreOffice a year ago and converted all the ...
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how to view hidden files on an NTFS drive that were copied from a Mac?

I have some files on my external NTFS drive that were copied from a Mac using Paragon NTFS. Back in Windows 7, I'm unable to view said files. I believe they exist because they still occupy space on ...
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MySQL server stopped working

Yesterday, out of the blue, the MySQL working as a backend for my private postfix server stopped working. No log entries, nothing, it just won't start. I reinstalled it and it worked until I copied ...
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HDD disappeared and very slow windows boot

My secondary hard drive disappeared in windows and when I restart the DOS booting takes like 15 mins while it shows the "Starting Windows" logo. How to solve this problem? Also how can I retrieve the ...
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Recover a lost LibreOffice document [duplicate]

I was working in LibreOffice Writer with an .odt document yesterday, was saving it regularly, but today it looks like I did nothing! I think, the reason is in me accidantally saving it in /tmp all the ...
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How to save data from a dying hard drive?

I have three drives installed, 1 SSD and 2 HDD. While the system is in the SSD, many program are installed in one of the the HDD. But I think that HDD is failing. I can hardly even boot the computer. ...
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External Hard Disk is not accessible. “The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable”

I have a 1 TB AgentGoFlex seagate External HDD. Lately is was causing some issues like few folders which had data were not showing any file in it. Few folders were not opening, etc. So I tried ...
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Restoring pictures from formated drive

My hard drive was formatted, and installed new windows. I wanted to restore images so I used iCare data recovery software. Some pictures were restored, and some are restored but i can't open them. Is ...
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Recover data from NTFS partition

My brother scandisked NTFS partition of my USB HDD. Safe remove didn't work safely. After reattaching the data is missing. Testdisk outputs the following (I have no undelete in Advanced). I run ...
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Possible to access Intel Matrix Raid 1 partition from chipset without ICH*R?

I have got 2 HDDs that were part of an Intel Matrix Raid (now "Rapid Storage Technology") where I had it setup as half RAID 0 and half RAID 1. The motherboard had an ICH9R chipset I think. The ...
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Why erase file with random patterns instead of all 0's or 1's?

Computer files aren't actually removed when they are deleted on Windows. The address pointer is simply released and that space freed for overwrite later. For sensitive information, it is recommended ...
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Restore data on unallocated space

I'm trying to recover a deleted partition. The partition can't be restored from the partition table. I've tried EaseUS Data Recovery, which finds files but crashes halfway through. I've also tried ...
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Data Recovery from a USB with exFAT file system that gone RAW

I have a 64 GB USB with exFAT (with 4096 byte Unit Allocation Size) file system. I have connected it to a Bus entertainment system which was running Android to listen my music within. It didn't see my ...
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SSD and file recovery (on Windows 8)

Typical commercial "file recovery tools" are not usefull on modern SSDs, because the recovered file (if any) appears empty. Windows 8 sends the TRIM command to the SSD when a file gets deleted from ...
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Why can data be recovered after formatting?

If a quick format just marks bits as writable, and a normal format writes 0s to the entire disk, why do people bother with DBAN, and why are multiple passes ever required?
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How to extract multipart rar with missing parts?

I have a multipart .rar archive containing a single .tar.gz file inside it (don't ask why, that is just how it was made). I am missing a few of the parts, but do have the first part. I would like to ...
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lost files, not freed on disk

I had a NAS with 300GB data stored on it. I played around with it and finally broke it - all of the data was lost. I opened the NAS and put the disk into my computer (running Ubuntu). I put new data ...
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Extracting blocks from a corrupt VDI snapshot in logical order

I have a Virtualbox VM on an hard disk that failed. The only thing I could recover from the disk was a snapshot of the dynamic VDI disk used by the VM, and I could only recover the first half of the ...
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View Files from mirrored RAID outside the device

The Product I have is a Western Digital My Book The device has stopped working but there is nothing wrong with either of the two mirrored drives. I would like to take out the two mirrored hard ...
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partition moving crashed mid-process - what damage have it done / what to do ? (AOMEI app used)

I used AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro (5.x) to "Align" an NTFS partition with about 170GB of data. (Cca 800GB partition on standard (non SSD) 1TB hard disk). The app started after reboot in "PreOS" ...
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WD (Western Digital) Mybook appears and disappears

Don't know but maybe it's an odd problem, Using windows 8, didn't have critical errors, sometime I got the blue screen on Win8, after restarting it didn't show my WD MyBook 2TB USB3 external drive, I ...
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Recovering text from an indexed and now-corrupted RTF file, using Windows.edb

My laptop with SSD drive had a sudden power loss, and upon booting windows up again, an RTF file seems to have been corrupted as a result (despite the file being saved to disk just fine - the file WAS ...
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recovering a (permanently) deleted Outlook task

Last night I accidentally deleted an Outlook 2007 task that was in my deleted folder. this task contains important data that I would like to recover. I tried using Pandora recovery freeware to no ...
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What steps should I take to recover my data due to partition error?

Specs : HD : 3 TB external Samsung Hard-disk OS : Win 8.1 64 Bit SW : Paragon How it happened : Applied a resize at end operation in Paragon on my 3 TB disk. I wanted the 3 TB to split to 2980 ...
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Will data become unrecoverable if I force write partition structure?

I am planning to use the "write" the partition structure option available in testdisk. There is a chance that this structure is wrong. In that case will any of my raw data get overwritten if I write ...
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Can I create a self healing file or archive

Earlier I backuped data to CD disks which get unusable after some years as CD get damaged (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_corruption). So I made 2 or more copy of that data file so that even if ...
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Data recovery from laptop which was formatted because of new Windows 7 installation

I want to recovery my data from an Windows 7 Ultimate installation. My laptop got stolen but later I caught the theft. But unfortunately all my data is lost because he formatted my laptop and put on a ...
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Recover data from GPT NTFS partition after deletion

I accidentally deleted a NTFS partition of 1600 GiB in a 2 TB hard disk. The partition had 355 GiB of data. I tried to recover it using several utilities but could not. I know that the partition ...
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Connect Macbook Air hard drive to other PC

My friend spilled Apple Cider on her Macbook Air (a1466) and I am trying to see if there is a way to connect the Hard drive to a PC so I can do the data recovery. Is there any connector that I can use ...
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Dell Laptop - Hard Drive failed

I recently bought a new laptop from Dell. It's three months old and already the hard drive has failed. Luckily the data I lost was not too important. I've lost 3 weeks of data. I'm still under ...
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How can I recover files from a part of a disk image?

I am backing up a dying hard drive using dd. Unfortunately the process is taking very long (95KB/s) and I would like to see if I can get some of my files from the part that is already copied (~26GB). ...