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Formatted D partition by mistake

I just did a huge mistake. Yesterday, a friend of mine asked me to install Windows XP for him. I have done this task hundreds of times, but yesterday I was tired when I started the install procedure ...
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How to recover data from an external HDD?

I have a Verbatim 1080p external HDD (47535 model). When i plug it in, the power and the hdd leds are lighting, but it has an anoying sound every half second or so. Is there any posibility to fix it ...
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Drive removed while accessing, filesystem is corrupt, can it be fixed?

The drive slipped off my desk and dropped out of a USB-HDD 2.5" SATA caddy while I was copying some files, and now it won't recognize properly in Windows. It does show up in Testdisk but before trying ...
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recovering data from damaged Linux partition

I'm running Windows XP, with an Ubuntu partition that I added. A few days ago, Ubuntu stopped booting. Trying to boot into Ubuntu just takes me into a Grub menu. When I try to navigate through the ...
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How does one recover from an internal Hard Drive I/O error?

This is the latest stage in a long running chain of events that has seen me cross the seven circles of HDD hell only to arrive at these depths of virtual inferno. My Hard Drive is a 750GB Seagate ...
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Testdisk VersuS corrupted removable sdcard and phone storage

I've tried most of things for my very specific situation in Testdisk but they didn't help except a few things I havent tried because I dont know if and how do them. What happened: I had removable ...
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accidental fsck on mounted

I accidently run "fsck" on a mounted partition which was my only parttion. Now I can't boot. It was Fedora 13, filesystem should be ext3. I have booted from usb with ubuntu 11.10.I found that lost+...
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Excel 2011 Mac auto-recover file lost

Yesterday morning my colleagues Excel 2011 (on Mac OSX 10.8) crashed. He reopened Excel and was asked if he wanted to recover the previous document. Yes, he said and then got a document named ...
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Is is possible to restore the MFT of a NTFS partition after a format?

I've searched through several questions but didn't quite find anyone treating mine. So, I have a 1TB external hard drive I use for backup purposes with only 1 NTFS partition. Today using DiskPart I ...
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Hard Disk recovery

I have 3 disks of the same type model and year of production. All the disks were used part of a generic solution of an IBM server solution. My problem is that all 3 disks suffered the same ...
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USB drive is empty in drive management [duplicate]

I've got a USB drive here, that somebody asked to try and fix. When inserting it, it shows up in explorer, but when I double click it I get a message saying "Please insert a disk into drive H:". So I ...
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Recover data after dban use

I had just finished a reinstall of windows xp and had put all my files back in place, then when I was out my little sister saw the dban disk I used and she thought it was a game.... When I got home I ...
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Recover files after unsuccessful partitioning

I wanted to install another Linux on my computer, so I tried to resize one of my NTFS partitions with Norton Partition Magic. It didn't complete successfully, showed some errors, said that the ...
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Recovered video files won't play

I have an SD card with pictures and video which malfunctioned. I was able to recover the files with Photorec. The pictures are OK, but wen I try to open the vide files (*.mov extension) in get the ...
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Are there any data remanence issues with flash storage devices?

I am under the impression that, unlike magnetic storage, once data has been deleted from a flash drive it is gone for good but I'm looking to confirm this. This is actually relating to my smart phone,...
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How to get data out of a Maxtor Shared Storage II that fails to boot?

I've got a Maxtor Shared Storage II (RAID1 mode) which has developed some hardware failure, apparently: it fails to boot properly and is unreachable via network. When powering it on, it keeps ...
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Recovering Crashed Flash drive?

So my friend has a USB flash drive that isn't working. I don't know a whole lot about "recovery" software so I figured I'd ask you guys. What steps can I try (I have access to a Linux machine as well)...
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data recovery from unallocated harddisk partition

I accidentally deleted a partition which mainly served as space I put my data, labeled D: drive. The partition wasn't subsequently formatted though, following the delete incident. Obviously the D: ...
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Recover a partition

So I really thought this question would have been answered already... but I can't find it. One of the drives I had in my system had a single partition on it. When I turned my machine on recently it ...
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How to recover data in formatted hard disk and already installed a new OS

Help how to recover formatted hard disk and already installed a new OS but not yet installed applications. Edit: I have two 500g hard drives lets say HD1 has my personal files and the other is HD2 ...
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How to recover data from damaged hard drive?

I have a hard drive which seems to be damaged. I took it out of the notebook and plugged it into another one with no result. Now I am trying to get the data off of it with a SATA-to-USB adapter. The ...
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How to recover files from dead windows using dos?

I am using windows 7. My windows is not loading. I want to recover some files using dos commands, Is that possible anymore?
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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 data from my disk - I accidentally copied with dd an iso on it

I wanted to create a bootable USB from an ISO image and I accidentally put as the output of the dd, instead of my usb drive, one of my hard disks. The ISO was 3,3 GB and my disk is 1TB! And it was ...
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Recover data from repartitioned EXT4 filesystem

On my drive I had 2 partitions for an Ubuntu 9.04 (swap, /) and one partition for Windows. I figured out that I should upgrade my Ubuntu, so I deleted the "/" partition and in its place created 2 new ...
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How Do You Recover An Encrypted Partition?

I was reformatting one of my extra hard drives with Windows DiskPart and accidentally selected the wrong hard drive. I used the clean command, but it wasn't long before I realized I cleaned the ...
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How to recover data from dead hard disk (with tic tic noise)?

I have an HP server with a two-year-old 174 GB hard disk. Suddenly, the server cannot boot from hard disk. The drive makes noises (tic tic tic) and the server says the hard drive should be replaced. ...
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USB not recognized or showing a drive letter

I have a SanDisk Cruzer that suddenly stopped being recognized today. It's two years old and has been through the washing machine a few times (though not recently) so it's entirely possible the ...
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Everything on my NTFS partition disappeared. DESPERATE ASSISTANCE NEEDED

I just rebooted into Windows (I dual boot with Ubuntu), and everything in my D: partition is gone! First question: How do I best preserve the current state of the hard drive to maximize chances of ...
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Possible to recover older, previously deleted files with R-studio?

The files and directories on one of my ntfs partition were wiped out last time. I used R-studio to scan the partition, and it did find many files, actually more than the capacity of the partition. ...
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Backup / Disaster Recovery, should I store RAR-compressed files? [closed]

I'm in the process of recovering files from an accidentally formated Ext4 partition using Photorec. It had about 300Gb of data, of which I've already got hold of about 30Gb. So far, it seems to me ...
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Recovering corrupt Truecrypt Disk

I have a 2 TB external hard drive that I've encrypted using Truecrypt. I made a complete backup of all my data to it, and wiped my hard drive and reinstalled my operating systems. Once I reinstalled ...
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How to recover deleted system partition of Windows 7

So before I get to the problem, a little background. My computer is a dell laptop running (well, ran...) Windows 7. I had a problem with the partitioning of drive d. After many unsuccessful attempts I ...
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Recovering Data once a drive has been formated with windows re-installed

Here is the scenario. A co-worker of mine was performing a migration to windows 7 pro from an xp box. They made a backup of the general user folders, but managed to miss a few critical folders that ...
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Recover files from deleted partition

Somehow one of my partitions disappeared (I didn't even have the disk manager open, so I'm really not sure how that happened). The volume was simply deleted. It was an NTFS partition, created under XP ...
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How to check file integrity between two versions of the same file?

Over the past years (since ~2000) I have been moving and copying data between disks every now and then. Data is MP3, applications, videos, backups, emails abit of everything and they have been moved/...
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Recovering the data from a failed WD My Book NAS drive

My Western Digital 500GB NAS drive (which is my main backup device) has recently broken. Windows can no longer use it as a network drive (using Map Network Drive), and the web-based control panel is ...
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Ways to improve completeness of files for data recovery and scanning?

I am using R-studio for data recovery on one of my ntfs partition. There is a pdf file about 16MB, but the software can only recover 15MB of it. So I am thinking about what ways can be used to improve ...
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Recover text file deleted from trash on Mac OS X?

how can I use the grep command in termainal to undelete my text file?
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How to recover a file replaced by another file with the same name and size [closed]

A small file has been replaced by another file which has exactly the same name and size. I want to know if the original file can be recovered. NOTE: Windows operating system.
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How to destroy a CD/DVD rom safely?

I have old CDs/DVDs which have some backups, these backups have some work and personal files. I always had problems when I needed to physically destroy them to make sure no one will reuse them. ...
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How can I physically destroy data from a failed HDD?

I have a broken HDD that contains sensitive data. Since no software can access the disk, I can't wipe it using any of the tools generally suggested. Breaking the disk physically into very small ...
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What is the safest and least expensive way to store 10 terabytes of data?

I'm a member of a production company and we're preparing for our first feature film. We've been discussing methods of data storage to keep all of our original content safe (for as long as possible). ...
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Where does Windows Vista store registry data on the hard drive?

If you can believe it, a program I've been using for several years saves its data using the Windows registry! I need to recover this data from a backup drive. Where does Windows Vista store registry ...
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How to recover a mysteriously deleted folder?

While backing up my data to DVD's Nero suddenly acted a little wierd and it showed like it had burnt and verified my current folder to DVD but it did so in less than a minute (unlike the usual 10 ...
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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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USB Stick, how to minimize risk of data corruption or data loss

I have encountered several USB sticks with a corrupted filesystem in only 2 years. In a Windows-only environment (Vista and newer), what can be done to reduce the chance of filesystem corruption and ...
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File copying utility like rsync with error handling like ddrescue, for data recovery from a hard drive with bad sectors or hardware failure [closed]

I have a hard drive with either bad blocks or sectors that are failing to read due to potential mechanical issues, such as a bad disk head, bad motor, or some other issue that is causing the hard ...
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Can’t access USB flash drive anymore

I have a 32 GB Lacie Cookey USB flash disk that doesn't show in the Computer window but it's visible as a device. cmd > diskpart DISKPART> list disk Disk ### Status Size -------- ...
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How to recover data from an encrypted HDD which was demolished by a “Microsoft Reserved Partition”

So I reinstalled Windows 7 and apparently something went wrong: during the install I had two drives connected (drive A & B), I selected drive A for Windows to be installed to. Later I noticed that ...