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Seagate External Hard zero size

I have a seagate external hard disk and recently I encountered some problem with that. I am using both windows and Ubuntu environment and my hard disk detecting on both but, in windows it's says the ...
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Find out database type from files

How can I find out database type in order to examine data when all I have is the database. By database I mean the database folder under program root folder with bunch of files around database.db file? ...
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Restore a file overwritten with ln -nfs?

I accidentally "deleted" a file by doing this: ln -nfs /path/to/file In my understanding the data itself should still be there. I also stopped working on the machine as I did this... Is it somehow ...
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How to Recover Google Chrome User Settings

Someone logged in as a user and removed all of the Google Chrome user's apps, extensions, bookmarks, history, and settings. After which, they closed the browser window and restarted it (overwriting ...
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Can I recover corrupted files from a hard drive? [duplicate]

I have an external hard drive, on which some of the files show up to be corrupt. I have not formatted the drive by accident or anything like that. I just put my data on it, which I wanted to read back ...
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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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How to extract multipart rar with missing parts?

I have a multipart .rar archive containing a single .tar.gz file inside it (don't ask why, that is just how it was made). I am missing a few of the parts, but do have the first part. I would like to ...
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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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How to properly extract the content of multisession CD/DVDs?

When I was 11 years old or so, I made copies of my Web 0.9 websites onto CDs among other original content. Now I'm 25 years old, I had forgotten about the CDs and the content still has sentimental ...
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How to recover data from ubuntu when unable to load

Recently, I upgraded my desktop hardware to i3 4th gen processor, ram, motherboard and new SSD. I had ubuntu installed earlier on 320GB HDD and I've installed a fresh windows 8 OS on new 120gb SSD and ...
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Data retention on storage devices?

Is there any official table out there that shows how many years can a storage device retain data before it becomes unreadable? Storage devices: USB memory sticks, classic hard drives, SSDs, optical ...
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merged ntfs partitions, missing “Program Files” directories

Nowhere can I seem to be able to find how to resolve this situation in-place. What happened: Before, C: ~= 90GB, freshly installed Win 8.1 Enterprise, 64bit D: ~= 880GB, also ntfs. Mainly for data ...
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Will initializing disk make data unrecoverable?

I'm trying to access files from a friend's external hard disk which had stopped showing up in 'My Computer' on his XP machine. I removed the drive (500Gb Seagate SATA drive) and installed it in my ...
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how to mount a XFS filesystem in LVM volume with RAID0 having a bad disk?

I have a small NAS with two 500GB disks in a RAID0 (JBOD) setup. (I know, I know, big mistake... as you will see...) Now, one of the disks started to fail (Murphy is always right, isn't he...) I ...
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Modify a large file, then be able to rollback changes doing it (almost) inplace

I'm recovering data from a damaged 500GB disk drive. I'm copying data (ext4 partition) to a 500GB image file. The process is taking about 3 months of copying in total (yes, months). So I'm using dd ...
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Why some recovery tools are still able to find deleted files after I purge Recycle Bin, defrag the disk and zero-fill free space?

As far as I understand, when I delete (without using Recycle Bin) a file, its record is removed from the file system table of contents (FAT/MFT/etc...) but the values of the disk sectors which were ...
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How to install windows 8 on another hard drive when windows 8 came preinstalled on laptop? [duplicate]

I bought a laptop and now I received an hard drive failure message. It still works for now but I think it wont last very long. What do I have to do in order to install windows 8 on another hard drive ...
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how to recover files deleted by “Cutting” in windows 7-Pro

how to recover files deleted by "Cutting" in windows 7-Pro I just did the silliest thing a few minutes ago! I had a folder on my Win7 pro machine that had all my work (C# code in Visual Studio) for ...
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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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Unable to open PST recovered from formatted HDD

I'm trying to recover a pst from a formatted HDD using EaseUs as the recovering software. I do manage to recover the file named outlook.pst however it seems to be split into several other files; ...
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Raid0 recovery - failed mobo

Short story: motherboard died, need to recover data from 2 working HDD's in RAID0 Long story: My mobo died on a Dell Studio XPS 7100, I basically upgraded all the components and my pc is now up and ...
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Recovery Hard Disk with Bad Sectors

I have a WD Element 1TB external hard Disk and suddenly I got some errors in data reading and writing. I decided to recover it, and I tried to do so many ways and nothing worked. I tried to run ...
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Recover a file filled with zeroes (nuls) after power loss

Can I recover the contents of a file which was filled by zeroes (nul bytes)? My notebook somehow lost power, and when I turned my machine back on, some of the files opened in a text editor were filled ...
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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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Faster recovery from a disk with bad sectors

Recently I tried to dd from an unhealthy HDD to a file. I used dd if=/dev/sdb of=somefile bs=4096 conv=noerror,sync. My problem was that dd wasted a lot of time when it encountered a bad block. In my ...
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Is is possible to recover files form a hard drive after it was “zeroed out”? [duplicate]

I have an external hard drive, on which I had many important things that I don't have another copy of. Something was messed up with the partitioning of the hard drive, since it showed up as a 600 and ...
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Securely delete a file in Ubuntu?

I have been reading about government standards for secure data erasure by overwriting the file location with random data [wikipedia: data erasure standards]. I am wondering if Ubuntu's default Delete ...
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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 ...
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Undo Diskpart clean

This is a life-destroying moment for me. I have a 2TB External Hard drive, with 2 partitions. The first one is UDF and second one is a Veracrypt-encrypted partition. The drive was GUID -based, and the ...
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File corruption prevention strategy

I recently read about BTRFS and it's superiority in terms of error handling and noticed that I have no real plan in case data corruption happens, other than backing up regularly. I am not asking for ...
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Total SSD failure with irreversible data loss. Is it worth to get a second opinion? [closed]

My SSD gave up the ghost with a bluescreen and then prevented the computer from booting - didn't even let me access the BIOS anymore while connected. For some reason I did not back up. But please ...
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File Recovery No Signatures(Magic Numbers)

Is it possible to recover a file from a disk image (dd image) if File Header/Footer, Signature has been altered/modified or removed? I mean for example if signature of the bitmap image (0x42 0x4d) or ...
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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 to fix HDD malfunction which gives rapid beeping noise and it's not recognized by PC?

I have a 1TB Seagate External hard drive. Upon trying to plug it in to my TV today, it would not load and told me it was "empty". So I tried to plug it in to my computer, at this point it started ...
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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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rescue data from partially overwritten ntfs partition

I accidentally overwritten part of my ntfs partition with image of another partition using dd if=diskimg of=/dev/sdaX. I canceled it immediately, but unfortunately about 200MB was already written. I'm ...
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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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How to recover data erased by Killdisk Active@? [duplicate]

I'm getting working experience as hardware tech guy meaning I have to repair and fix used computers daily. One of those tasks is formatting all the hard disks and we use Killdisk active@, at Work for ...
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Deleting (Erasing) all Data from Failed SanDisk MicroSD Card

I've had two 32GB SanDisk MicroSD cards go bad recently. One I was able to temporarily revive using the kind advice offered in this thread: Recover Data from Card that cannot be read When I insert ...
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How to recover moved (cut) files from a disk?

I have a PC with two hardrives, in one I have Windows 7 installed, on the other I have a hackintosh; Snow Leopard to be more specific. Recently (yesterday) I had a disaster with one of my disk ...
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Data recovery solutions/methods

I accidentally formatted my hard disk, but I was able to see all my files and recover them by using the GetDataBack recovery tool. Is there a way to just restore the complete hard drive in place, ...
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Diagnosis for a very slow hard disk that is not making any noises [closed]

My laptop’s 2.5 inch hard disk become very slow. According to the symptoms outlined below, is the I am experiencing problem is located on the hard disk drive’s platters or the hard disk drive’s board? ...
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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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Unable to see data on an external HDD, is it infected?

I will try to describe the problem directly: suddenly I am unable to acces the data I have on my external HDD. It's name has changed, both Ubuntu and Windows(7 and 8) complain when I plug in the ...
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Restoring old documents found by search engine Everything from $recycle.bin of hard drive D of another PC

I'm trying to recover some old files whose status I do not quite understand. Back in ~2006, I accidently deleted some essential Word documents from my then D:\ -hard drive (Windows ME). Some years ...