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How can I recover data from a dmg that cannot mount?

I backed up a hard drive in a dmg, then reformatted the hard drive. (I had deleted the efi partition before which was preventing me from reinstalling the operation system). When I tried use the ...
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Data recovery from a single RAID1 disk

I extracted the disk from a Mybook World 2 (White Led). The device has only this 1TB SATA disk, and it is using RAID1. Yes, it is bizzarre, but WD enabled RAID even for a 1-disk configurations. This ...
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Reiserfs partition data recovery (success)

i am having windows xp as my os. but i have raiserfs partions created by suse linux on same HDD. i need to recover data from the linux partitions now. i created opensuse live usb and booted from it. ...
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Recover truecrypt volume

I have a truecrypt volume saved as a file on a disk that windows one day decided to overwrite the NTFS index on. Some files was lost while others remain. In the case of the truecrypt volume it still ...
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How to recover a corrupted Parallels 7 hard disk image?

I have a Parallels virtual machine that has recently started to refuse to boot, with this error message: Operation failed. An error occured while reading the disk. Support information: Problem ID: ...
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ddrescue'd an ntfs partition, can I chkdsk it?

I have a hardisk that is failing (windows wouldn't even boot off the recovery disk). I was able to make an image of it in linux using ddrescue, but linux can't mount the thing. In linux I get the ...
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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 ...
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How can I recover a huge folder that's been converted to a zero kb file on an NTFS partition?

I have a 1TB drive with two 500GB partitions. One of them is being used as a Mac OS X Time Machine back up drive and the other one was NTFS and being used for storage. I had my entire 'iTunes Music' ...
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Is there a way to recover a document if the document has never been saved for Excel 2007?

I unchecked the auto recover box by accident and in the middle of my calculations my computer crashed. Is there a way to recover the workbook I was working on when it crashed? I never got the chance ...
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How to postpone document recovery in LibreOffice?

I am opening arbitrary document with LibreOffice Writer. It remembers, that it has some document to recover. I don't want to bother with this question now. How to postpone recovery? Currently I ...
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TestDisk Read error at **/241/1 (lba=15183)

After my HDD got broken, Windows says it needs format. So, I'm using TestDisk to fix it. But a read error always occurs when I execute the Quick Search or the Deep Search process. To get one ...
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Recovering deleted files using php

I honestly don't know what I did. But I used either rmdir() or unlink() and accidentally deleted some files I worked on today. I am using Mac OS X PLEASE PLEASE tell me there is someway I can any of ...
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Unlocking SSD (known password)

I got a Samsung NP900x4D for data backup & a simple Windows re-install. At first boot, after the logo, it just displayed 'Boot error' on a black screen. So I said to myself that the MBR is ...
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Unable to recover CHK files (from windows chkdsk)

CHKDSK has thrown almost a 100GB of my data to the wind. I'm now left with a folder (FOUND.000, about a third of the size of what I lost) full of unusable CHK files. By the way, my files were very ...
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Recovered files are filled with zeroes

I've used r-studio to attempt to recover files (jpeg images) which were lost during an (supposedly) accidental format of an NTFS partition. After a disk scan, R-studio finds a big number of "possible ...
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Weird result of TestDisk

I want to recover a HD with an NTFS partition. The use of TestDisk of an image of this HD obtained using ddrescue give me this result (after DeepSearch): TestDisk 6.14, Data Recovery Utility, July ...
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Recover file download from Chrome

I have been using a web app to create JSON content. The webapps show data and you can select to download the JSON data. When you click Save, Chrome shows the file download in progress and the download ...
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Lost Mbr Data recovery

I wanted to use gparted to position my windows 7 partitions to the first sector in my hard disk. When I executed gparted the following error message pop up to me: Warning: /dev/sda contains GPT ...
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How to recover at least audio from broken recorded skype stream file?

I used "Free Video Call Recorder for Skype - DVDVideoSoft" to record an audio-video stream at skype conversation, but mp4 file got broken somehow, because I can not open it with any media player. I ...
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Using gnu dd_rescue to rescue data from a failed hard disk

I'm using gnu ddrescue 1.18.1 from the SystemRescueCD Linux distribution. I started the recovery process yesterday using this tutorial: ...
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TrueCrypt - Recover file from encrypted container using offsets

So I had a drive that I had fully encrypted using TrueCrypt that, thanks to having multiple distractions during the Windows 7 install process, I mistakenly managed to format. There was only one file ...
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How to recover a PowerPoint file that was deleted on Mac?

I deleted everything from my computer because I thought I didn’t need any of the documents. Unfortunately, I do. I put everything in the trash bin and then deleted everything from there. I am ...
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Error whilst initializing SD card on Linux

I have noticed troubles with my microSD card in my Android phone and when I tried to insert it into my Linux laptop, I get the following error in #dmesg: [ 247.588279] mmc0: error -123 whilst ...
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Deleting file in Active@ Undelete

I am using Active@ Undelete 9.5.59 to recover a folder that disappeared from my SD card. After performing a scan on my SD card via Active@ Undelete, I've found the folder. But Active@ Undelete don't ...
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How to Transfer Data From an External IDE HDD to a Windows 7 PC

I have a 50 GB Seagate IDE HDD from a 10+ year old Windows XP machine. I thought I could easily transfer all the important data from this HDD to a new maching running Windows 7 by pulling it from the ...
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Crark Overwritten a rar file

I think i ran an invalid cRARk command 'file.rar l8' command prompt didn't return the directory. I assumed it was doing something then my 1GB rar turned into 1Kb. What happened and is there anyway to ...
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Seagate GoFlex 2TB suddenly undetected by my iMac; how do I access my data?

My Seagate external drive is undetected by my iMac, and I get a message that it was not ejected properly (but I hadn't done anything to it). How do I access the 1.5TB data on it?
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Recovering RAM data from a frozen PC using a ColdBoot attack

Initial Question: How to extract computer memory data when computers are frozen. I removed my question from that topic to post here per request. This article is a how-to tutorial on using a ...
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SQL file can be returned but contents are damaged

I have a DataTraveler brand flash disk (4GB, file system - NTFS). The entire contents (directories and files) were accidentally deleted. Most of the files that were deleted. I got them back using a ...
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Recover data from memory card by date

I was copying some files from my camera to my computer. Then I erased the files from my card and then realised that some files weren't copied. Is there a way to recover them by date using photorec ...
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How can I identify and read only free-space junk data from EXT4 partition?

I have cloned an EXT4 partition via raw dd command from a Galaxy Nexus phone. How can I identify and read only free-space junk data from the EXT4 partition? I need to recover some WAVE samples(I'm ...
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Accidentally deleted hundreds of php files and directories on CentOS 7 via command line

Well, the first deletion mistake of my career has proven to be rather devastating. I deleted hundreds of php configuration scripts from my web application. It is now a fleet of boats having no ...
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Can testdisk copy a lost ntfs partition when recover doesn't work?

A quick format was done on a disk with two ntfs partitions and so now it is just one partition. I can see the second partition with testdisk but when i do a recovery, the first partition gets damaged ...
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HDD only visible from Linux, GParted says “unallocated partition”

My Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB HDD suddenly is unrecognized by Windows 7. It's an external My Book drive, but plugging it vía USB from his case is unrecognized by Windows 7 or Linux, so I have to ...
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Mac Excel 2011 xlsm file will not open

I really hope someone might be able to help. I have just saved my research data base as a macro-enabled file. The screen went grey and hence I closed the app. On reopening, the file can be seen, and ...
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WD 1TB HDD Password enabled and unallocated. Data recovery required

Ive got a WD 1TB HDD with a password enabled on it. The drive is still an external enclosure, it has never been taken out of the original casing. One day, for some unknown reason, when I plugged it ...
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Lost Corrupt Microsoft Word Document

I was just working on a MS word document on Word 2011 for Mac. All of sudden the document got severely corrupted, and I hadn't saved it in a few hours, so I went to the Autorecovery folder. The file ...
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Recover semi overwritten partition, with output from fdisk

Okay so I was trying to dd a Ubuntu disk to a USB pendrive from a Debian laptop, when I got my disk names messed up and managed to overwrite my external hdd that has all my backups on it, not the ...
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Recover bad superblock after using Testdisk EXT4

I Have a problem with my NAS Hard disk. I tried to make a raid-1 array but now my drive is corrupted. After that I made a mistake with "testdisk" and I selected ext4 instead of ext3. Now it's ...
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HDD Not Spinning Up (external 1tb buffalo ministation) - want to attempt a DIY repair

I'll try to be as specific as possible here, so am going to make a bunch of statements to give as much information as possible. I am using a MBP running OSX. I am very precious about the data on the ...
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Recover RAID 5 with 2/4 failed drives

This Sunday one of my personal RAIDs disks failed. Stupidly, I thought, whatever, that's what I have a RAID for, I'll get a new one to replace it tomorrow. Barely two hours later it starts beeping ...
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How to recover data from BitLocker encrypted drive after format in Ubuntu

I had NTFS drive with 4 partitions C:, D:, E:, F:. E drive is BitLocker encrypted. While installing Ubuntu, I have accidently formatted the whole drive. I have used TestDisk along with live Ubuntu ...
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Accidentally Deleted folders and files from Desktop - Windows 7

I purposely shift+deleted a bunch of .jpeg files directly from the Desktop and ended up deleting also shortcuts and folders accidentally. I have already used two recovery programs: Recuva and ...
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Recover data from drive with broken partition table

I have a laptop with Windows 7 installed in it. Recently it started showing corrupt windows installation, so I formatted the boot drive. But thereafter Windows installation itself showed that it could ...
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Recovering files in specific directory deleted after a specific time in Linux exf4

I got myself into a pickle earlier, and wanted to share my story in case it helps anybody. There is a question as well. I spent most of the day reworking a Rails app to internationalize it as a ...
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Recovering User Profile Deleted by System

Silly me trying to save time over data, accidently got my user profile deleted. Here is the situation: I have an ssd and an hdd. All program files/data are stored on ssd, user files were stored on ...
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Has my flash drive failed? (no media)

Flash drive model: Kingston DataTraveler SE9 64GB I was restoring the back-up I had made on my flash drive after re-formatting and reinstalling Windows 8.1 Pro, and it started behaving weirdly. ...
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Filesystem on sd-card lost

Last time I want to bring my photos from SD-card (Sandisk Ultra SDHC 32 GB) to my computer (windows), my computer said that there is no file system on the card and I should format the card. Also my ...
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Manually extract files from Windows Home Server 2011 backup?

A drive in my WHS2011 server went down and took all the pictures of our son's first month of life with it. I had StableBit Drive Pool installed, but it seems not to have gotten the pictures onto the ...
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Recovering deleted files from a truecrypt system volume

I have an NTFS truecrypt system volume with a large number of recently deleted files. It was not used much after the files were deleted (maybe an hour). I've mounted it through truecrypt on another ...