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Need to recover data from laptop before sending it in for repair

Here's the issue: Water was spilled on my laptop and after trying everything we could to dry it out, it still won't turn on. Called Toshiba support and they are going to look at it, however, we were ...
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How I can recover files when the folder shows empty but the files are not deleted?

Yesterday, my laptop caught a virus which caused massive damage. Since them, I have been trying to recover important files before reformatting my computer, a task the virus has not made easy. ...
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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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Repair or recover drive from Mac OSX recovery mode

My main HDD is failing to boot. (Neither Normal nor Safe mode). Single User seems to work. I can only boot from Recovery Mode or DVD. The scenario was the following: Computer was asleep (lid down). ...
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Successful data recovery but most files are corrupted

I used Recuva and EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard to see if there's any difference in the files they recover. Both software were able to recover files that I want however most of the files where no longer ...
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recover partition after reinstall windows XP

My OS was infected by trojan or virus and system files are corrupted. After tried to reinstall XP several time and failed, I took out the hard drive and prepare to back up files for a clean reinstall. ...
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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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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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SDHC 4GB - lost data including photographs

For some reason my memory card has lost all of the data on it - probably about 150+ precious photographs. I thought the camera was faulty, but now realise that it must have been the card. My husband ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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How to connect Western Digital “My passport” using other means?

I have a Western Digital My Passport 500Gb external Harddrive where the USB connection on the drive seems to have worn out. I am trying to retrieve the data for a friend. Here is an image of the ...
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Recovering Hard Disk

Is there a way to recover data from a hard drive when it's not detected anymore by the PC? I've looked around and all the solutions seem to assume that the hard drive is still detectable. How can I ...
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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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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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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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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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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 to restore FAT32 filenames?

Ive recovered several files with photorec but at least >90% offiles Ive already checked are corrupt.To eliminate how many files I need to check Ive been finding and removing duplicates. Now I want to ...
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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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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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when restore deleted directories and files, is it possible to restore the whole path?

when restore directories and files, is it possible to restore the whole path? In my case, my entire partition has been emptied at one time by some unknown reason. I would like to recover all the ...
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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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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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After installation of new drivers, Ubuntu won't boot into graphics mode

Here's what I did: At first I had nvidia drivers from 195 series installed from Ubuntu repositories and everything worked fine. I used system for some time, settled into it and have some data I don't ...
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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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Accidentally deleted ALL Chrome cookies while trying to view some

I was trying to view the cookies in Chrome and perhaps delete them for a specific site. I tried to click the search box to enter some text to view just the cookies for the specific site, but ...
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Data Recovery from Formatted external hard drive [closed]

I have an external hard disk. I plugged it into my friend's laptop. It doesn't show up in "My Computer" or Command Prompt. So as usual I plugged out and in again. Then in "My computer" it says the ...
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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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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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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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How to copy a DVD with a patched UDF filesystem / bad sectors?

I tried dd, dd_rescue and ddrescue, all failed. Since AnyDVD makes the disc copyable in a second on a Win7 host, it should not be too difficult. It says that the UDF filesystem is patched, curiously, ...
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Recover data from a corrupt truecrypt encrypted partiton

If you have a drive that totatly encrypted using Truecrypt and somehow the boot sector / disk header is corrupted and you can no longer mount the truecrypt volume, is it somehow possible to recover ...
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Hard drive fell; caught in mid-air; won't spin up

I have a SimpleTech 1TB external USB hard drive. I recently backed up my entire system to it, then formatted and installed Windows 8 Developer Preview. Before restoring my data from the external ...
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How do I access a hard drive from a computer where windows is deleted?

Here is the current situation: My cousin deleted Windows from his hard drive (yeah, don't ask...). His hard drive still has about 200 GB of files on it that he may want to recover before we format ...
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Recovering data from an external hard drive

I have a WD Elements 2TB hard drive (formatted NTFS). I accidentally kicked out the USB cable while writing data to the disk, and now I can't access most of the data. Although this was ostensibly my ...
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Non destructively Convert offline dynamic disk to basic disk using testdisk tool

I had a 250GB hard disk having several NTFS partitions. The disk was a dynamic disk (created in windows). Now when I formatted windows (which was in another disk), the dynamic disk is shown as ...
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Expectations for NTFS file recovery

Yesterday I booted my XP system, and as I looked up a minute later I saw the light blue screen and tail-end of that pre-boot diskcheck Windows sometimes does if it finds an error (or was previously ...
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Restoring MBR, partition table, and boot sector of memory card without data loss (“USBC”)

Abstract I have a FAT32 memory card that when inserted into a computer causes Windows to prompt to format it. The card is definitely not supposed to be blank and has a bunch of files on it. Symptoms ...
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USB stick no longer recognised

I have an 8GB Transcend USB stick which - as of yesterday - is no longer recognised as such. When I plug into a USB port it shows as a new drive but clicking on the drive in Windows (XP) Explorer ...
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SSD Wear-Leveling and Fragmentation

I'm trying to understand the effects of wear-leveling on fragmentation in SSD. To be more specific, when the SSD controller decides to allocate a noncontiguous block to a file because of ...
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Restoring microSD partition table

I just found that my HD2 broke its memory card's partition table at once. When I insert the card in my SD reader I get only a whole RAW (unformatted) partition in Windows. Linux doesn't even see it ...
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bad sector of harddisk - disk check and recovery

I got a harddisk from my friend, it maybe broken, so I need to save any remaining data which can be saved. I can see the drives, but when copy some files, the computer said they are bad and ...
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What to do with a corrupted SD card: reformat it or trash it?

I recovered all the files from my corrupted SD card today. What should I do with it now? Reformat and continue using it or throw it away and buy a new one Here's the details on the card and how ...
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What are my best options to recover data from a faulty SD micro card (used in an Android cell phone)?

My wife is having troubles while syncronizing the data from the SD micro card of her LG android phone to her portable pc. It keeps remaining stuck forever at a given photo (#21). I tried to access it ...