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External HD Damaged During File Transfer

A friend was exporting a project from Final Cut Pro when his external drive containing this HD was disconnected and is no longer accessible. He was using a mac and the drive is formatted for Extended ...
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Repair windows 7 software RAID

Sorry that some of this is vague, I wasn't onsite when it happened and am preparing to go in tomorrow and try to fix things. We had a Windows 7 PC that had 2 disks in a software RAID configuration. ...
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System ERASED 2000 files suddenly without any user action. Can recover part of it but some files of importance are corrupted

On a Virtualbox WIN XP SP3 guest machine, the following situation occurred While I was working I had 3 opened windows as usual - Browser, notepad for writing notes in a txt file, and a PDF (thats ...
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My thumb drive became corrupted and reads RAW now can I recover info

Inserting a thumbdrive i have been using for the past year - I get an alert that the drive is not formatted and is requesting to format the thumb drive. I did a recovery run and it showed up as RAW. i ...
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Recovering a partition table with testdisk

I'm trying to recover a partition table with testdisk. The disk contains a dual boot Windows 8 along a Linux OS. The Linux install contains four partitions: a swap partition, the / ext4 partition, the ...
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Mount ddrescue imaged password protected drive

I'm trying to recover a crashed HD from a Macbook. I've imaged the HD successfully onto my external HD but when I try to mount it I get a mount_hfs: Invalid argument error. I'm assuming this is ...
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Seagate Backup Plus Portable drive can't be found on my computer

I'm trying to recover/troubleshoot my external hard drive (Seagate Backup Plus), for some reason it had just stop working. I'm on OSX and trying to troubleshoot it using my Windows XP running on ...
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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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Folders got converted to files Windows 8.1

My PC didn't get closed down correctly so windows had to repair my HDD. After windows repaired my HDD it left me with some files that had the same name as the directory's that were there before. I ...
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PCMan increases file size dramatically on destination drive (data rescue attempt (win7 not booting after crash)

1TB hard drive does not fit onto 1TB external drive Over a week ago, my busy PC crashed whilst a number of applications were running. Since then, Windows has been suffering from dementia and ...
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Testdisk says Copy done! 0 ok, 0 failed on almost every file :'(

What causes this? In the Boot menu I get the following warnings: Disk /dev/sdb - 12 GB / 11 GiB - CHS 1502 255 63 Partition Start End Size in sectors P FAT32 ...
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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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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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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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recover files from encrypted home folder

I can't seem to find the answer to my questions -- hence my posting this here. I have encrypted my home folder in LinuxMint 15 Cinammon x64. If I create images of LM's partitions via fsarchiver, ...
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NTFS Recovery: No such Device or address

A student gave me a hard drive that he says no longer works. I told him I'd at least take a look at it, since I run Ubuntu 13.10 on my desk computer. I didn't make any promises, but I'd very much like ...
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Recover data from quick formatted DVD-R

I need to recover data from quick-formatted DVD-R. Please advise a free of charge option (cheap commercial tools will be ok either). Disk was partially recorded with Windows built in disk recorder ...
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External hard drive USB connector has broken, Ubuntu can't read it through SATA

I bought a WD My Book external hard drive in 2009 and used it for a few years so I have a lot of important data on it. One day I accidentally knocked it off a table. The table was not too high but ...
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testdisk - partition : write error

Today I bought a SATA-to-usb convertor to copy my data from old hard drive that had been abandoned for few months. When I connected to PC, the partition didn't show up so I decided to fix the ...
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Recover overwritten contents from a saved word file in Office 2013 & Windows 8

My dad wrote a new word file and saved it with a same name to a word file previously saved. Now previous file was overwritten. How can I restore this file and keep the new one as well. Now the ...
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Why recovered .xls and .doc files show as symbols?

I formatted an NTFS drive (and re-installed windows) which had some important .doc and .xls files, I used 2 recovery software and both recovered my files but seem to be corrupt, when opened they ...
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Can I fix this TAR+XZ file?

I'm doing some file recovery on an old hard drive, using the most recent stable PhotoRec. After finding a lot of files that I wanted to keep, I decided to make some of them (meaning over 700) easier ...
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How do I safely recover data from a compromised Mac OS X account?

One of the non-administrator accounts on my mac-book has been compromised. The password to the account has been reset, and I noticed some suspicious looking activity (the user was logged on to my ...
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Recovering Windows 8 folder C:\Users\my_user

I had a problem with a bug on windows 8 where it is stuck in an automatic repair loop. I tried all possible solutions without success. Many ppl are facing the same problem. I tried many checkups and ...
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Remove corrupted files

For some mysterious reason, my computer formatted my 'Data' drive while I was running Windows 7. I managed to recover a large amount of the data to another drive using Test Disk in Ubuntu. Because the ...
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How to restore data from a damaged HDD?

I have dropped my laptop accidentally. It had Windows and Linux installed along with GRUB, with Windows located at the beginning of the hard drive and Linux near the end. After that I couldn't boot ...
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Start testdisk from specific point or sector

Recently, a malfunctioning program cleared all but one partition entries inside of an extended partition. I was going to just run a deep search with testdisk, but by my calculations, this will take ...
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extundelete does not finish its work

I need to restore a file on sda7 so I remounted ro und startet extundelete manuel@P5KC:~/recovery/RECOVERED_FILES$ sudo extundelete --restore-all /dev/sda7 WARNING: Extended attributes are not ...
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Recovering drive via boot to Win7 setup command prompt

I am trying to recover data from two old IDE drives. Drive1 has been successful, but something is wrong with Drive2. It does not appear as a drive letter. Due to limited legacy hardware, the only way ...
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fsck did not recover all files - anything else to try or fresh install?

yesterday a server of mine (debian) went into read-only mode because of problems with the main device (ext3). I contacted the hosting support and the guy told me to boot into rescue and do a fsck on ...
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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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Recovering corrupted VB.NET Form file?

Good day. This question is directly related to this one I made here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4911099/there-is-no-editor-available-for-form1-vb-error There, I was working on my VB.NET 2010 ...
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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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How can I recover my files from a broken partition with a negative amount of used space?

Scenario: I was flashing an IMG file onto my SD card for my Raspberry Pi. Or so I thought - it turns out I foolishly selected the wrong device path (D: instead of F:) and flashed the IMG to my WD My ...
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Recover removed mirror drive

I had a pair of hard drives set up in a mirror. I removed one of the mirrored drives as I could not restore the mirror, expecting to be able to access the files on the drive. However the drive is now ...
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Text files encrypted / scrambled after data recovery

I have a bunch of important notes that I recently recovered using EaseUS Data Recovery Software from a hard drive that got over written accidentally (Xubuntu install automatically chose that 2tb ...
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Recover an accidentally initialized Bitlocker partition

NOTE: Before you downvote or mark as duplicate, please note that i DID look around and while i found similar issues on stackexchange and elsewhere, I wasn't able to go very far. In short, I have a ...
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recover folder data like repository commit

I have mistakenly made changes some text file data inside the folder. So is there any way or tool by which i can get files of that folder unchanged till the particular date? Like repository commit or ...
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MySql 5.6 - windows 8.1 can't access or copy ibdata1 file after force restart - cannot restart MYSQL

I'm having a serious problem with my MySQL server and my ibdata1 file. I had for force restart my development machine - as result I cannot restart my MYSQL server. When I restart my MySQL server - ...
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TestDisk doesn't write partition table

I'm using TestDisk to try recover a disk with a single ext4 partition which I can see with TestDisk, but can't write (the partition table). I can browse files from TestDisk, but after writting I have ...
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Does dd read every possible byte from the SD card?

I have this damaged 16 GB MicroSD card which is hardly readable by a card reader (one of my two readers recognized it) and it shows up in the system as a drive with a single raw partition with 200-ish ...
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Need help recovering data from a flash drive I corrupted

For background, I have a Lenovo Y50 with Windows 10 and I'm trying to recover a flash drive that I corrupted for which there is no back up (the data isn't vital, it's just of personal value). I ...
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Recover files with deleted indexes by chkdsk from corrupt NTFS volume?

First off, I realize similar questions have been asked before, but most of them don't actually have any answers from what I've found. I'm hoping that perhaps there might be an actual answer out there ...
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Hard disk Lost partition, not showing in data recovery

Yesterday, when I was connecting my external hard disk while connecting power switch, I was a bit reckless which caused a spark and strangely next thing I know two of my partitions were gone. I used ...
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How to know if files cannot be saved anymore?

I posted this question on SO, and they told me to post my question here instead. Before anything else, I tried to see first if there is a tag for data recovery. I believe this question is appropriate ...