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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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Ubuntu Deleted /var/logs

Is there a way to restore /var/log ? I don't really care about past logs I at least need the dir structure so programs can write to their logs. For example I went to start apache and it failed ...
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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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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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Rescue Data after Hard Drive Head Crash

I have a Western Digital WD20EARS Caviar Green 2TB. A long time ago, the HDD had a head crash. I have sought help from a company, they wanted to have for data recovery over 3000€. I switch the head ...
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recover invisible folders caused by mac osx disk eject

I have 2TB Adata USB 3.0 hdd. I connected it to mac book pro and due to wire issue the hdd got disconnected. After the incident the hdd's ntfs partition shows space full but not showing all folders. ...
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Recovering a deleted 128-bit encrypted .dmg file

I need to recover a recently deleted 15 GB .dmg file, which was deleted from a drive which is otherwise not in use. It should be easy to recover, but neither Data Rescue 3 nor Disk drill seem to find ...
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Linux - Recover a deleted Java file

Today I was coding in Android Studio when suddenly the computer ran out of battery and it shut down, and when I restarted the computer, I found the Java file empty. How can I do to recover this file? ...
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Partition recovery

During a fresh installation, I accidentally formatted a disk containing datas. I tried using testdisk to recover the erased partition, but , it only detects the new one. With the deeper search mode, ...
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How to use testdisk on external hard drive that freezes whenever connected?

I've been trying to recover files from my WD external hard drive, and nothing has worked so far. I've heard of testdisk but I can't use it because as soon as I connect my external, it freezes the PC. ...
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How to find and copy all NON-encrypted user-created files?

I have a drive from a Windows XP computer full of files, all the usual filetypes, many the user has created, many 'owned' by Windows or programs... 18120 of them are encrypted. I need to recover all ...
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How can I have the wrong volume in the drive?

My phone took a bath in the river a few days ago. The phone is dead, but the SD card works still. However it is excruciatingly slow! The average read speed is well under 50kb/s. To copy 32GB of data ...
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Have PhotoRec and Testdisk recover “.ts” file

I am using testdisk for a long time. But previously I never had .ts but now I have. So I deleted a .ts file which is not important file. After that I tried to recover any other file via testdisk ...
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Recovering a file after reset offline cache Windows 7?

I was having problem with a network mapped folder stop syncing. I made it available offline before but couldn't get it back online no matter what (got "This folder is offline because of a user chose ...
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Recover bad sectors tool unable to run

I've been handed over a computer to repair. It errors on startup with "Error 1962: No operating system found. Boot sequence will automatically repeat." It doesn't show anything before this, not even ...
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DDRescue locks system up on disk clone

I have ddrescue running on the latest version of Fedora trying to clone a dying IDE disk. When I run ddrescue --no-split /dev/sdb imagefile logfile the copy will happen then the entire system will ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS corrupt microSD - manual recovery?

i have a corrupt microSD card from a colleague. He asked me to save his data if possible. I use a recent usb-multi-cardreader. The microSD is a high capacity card with 32gb of space. I suspect it to ...
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chkdsk - Recover lost files using windows chkdsk log

Windows 7 Chkdsk searched my flash drive for bad sector recovery, and it deleted hundreds of my most important folder and files. unfortunately I have not any new backup from them. The file system is ...
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Newly generated pgp keypair missing from Portable PGP

I have a USB drive with Portable PGP on it and have used it for quite some time with no issues. I generated a new key-pair the day before yesterday in order to secure a new account with 2FA ...
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Backing up encrpyted hard drive image to cloud?

So I have a hard drive that I think is dying, but I am going to be moving soon, probably busy, and I do not need the data on the drive in the near future. However I do want to ensure that I will not ...
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How can Recovery tools recover file's metadata?

According to articles about File system on Wikipedia, file's metadata should be saved in area of file system itself so if we format that drive, it's file table and file system will be erased though ...
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Recover a chunk of compressed data from SD card

I split a tar.bzip file in 3.5GB chunks and stored each chunk in a different SD card. After copying the data to all cards, I inserted one by one and opened it to verify that the file was there, then I ...
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Intel RAID not detected after rebuilding PC - recovery options?

I'm running a RAID0 array on a Windows 7 PC with an Intel ICH10R SATA chipset, consisting of 4 x 4TB drives (plus a separate drive for the OS). I re-built my PC after getting a new case, and cleared ...
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How to restore partitions and data after diskpart “clean” command?

I was on my way installing windows 7 alongside linux installation that was scattered over 3 partitions, namely: root, home and additional big partition for data files. I was trying to install windows ...
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Oracle VM VirtualBox Win 7 Data Recovery

So I'm running Oracle VM VirtualBox with a Build of Windows 7 Ultimate, and the virtual guest OS just crashed out of no where, and won't allow me to access my windows guest os. I wanted to know if ...
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Recover /var/lib/mysql file after reformat/reinstall

My server would not boot, so I have repartitioned and reinstalled Ubuntu. Afterwards I found out that my MySQL backup script has not been working for the past 5 years. This was an ext3 filesystem. I ...
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How to recover Windows 7's encrytion certificate (EFS) from formatted partitions?

I am a home user of Windows 7 ultimate. I am just a local admin for my computer. A standalone system. I am quite noob about computers. I formatted, Windows 7 installed(size 200gb) partition of 1tb ...
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On a FAT32 filesystem there was a file with ext2 filesystem image. Now it's truncated. How do I restore?

How do I restore ext2 filesytem that was stored on FAT32 volume in a file which got truncated? Is there analogue of reiserfs's --rebuild-tree option to restore filesystem from content?
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How to use `undo.data` to recreate `pending.data` for TaskWarrior after encountering a disk full condition?

When my disk hit 100% TaskWarrior overwrote my pending.data with a zero byte file. I have an intact undo.data but I can't find a way to "replay" the data in it to get my todo list back in a consistent ...
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Recover files without formatting from data on a seemingly corrupted Seagate Wireless Plus.

I have a Seagate Wireless Plus 1TB hard disk. Last week, when I was copying videos from my DVD collection to the hard disc, the DVD drive somehow stopped working. Now I cannot access my hard disc ...
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Recover GPT Unformatted Partition

I have a 500GB HDD, with a partition that I tried to move. After moving it, I found it is still in the starting place, but now I don't have access to it anymore. I tried to recover it with EaseUS ...
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Outlook 2010 contacts have become corrupted

Imported outlook pst file over to a new machine. All email addresses have become stripped out into separate "contacts" with nothing other the email address. With no email addresses left in the ...
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Recover missing files on an external hard drive

I backed up my files from the office in my external hard drive couple of days ago. The files are from a Mac. Then after I went home I checked the files and the files were there. After that I ...
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How do i recover data without reformatting drive after USB to SATA conversion?

My External USB Hard Drive became unusable. Removed the enclosure and connected via SATA. Windows is failing to recognize without formatting. What are my options to recover drive without losing data? ...
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Recovering data from Mac OS X encrypted SSD with broken MBR

On my Mac, running on Mawericks OSX, I had whole encrypted SSD (240 Gb). By mistake (instead of external, and same size! HDD plugged in), I've chosen wrong disk (my SSD) for Linux installation. So on ...